I’ve not watched the Charlottesville news coverage thoroughly. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know whatever everyone else knows. Fascists brought assault rifles to a “peaceful” political rally to protest the removal of a statue to a traitorous slave owner. A counter protest congregated. Tensions mounted and boiled over, and one fascist drove…… Continue reading Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 2
This week marks two months in the new job, and two weeks from the start of the fall semester. Let’s take a step back and see how things are going. In and earlier post I talked about how I was adjusting to the idea that I’m the boss of unit now and how difficult it…… Continue reading Taking Stock at Two Months
Hopefully, this will never happen to you. Hopefully, you will spend your career working in supportive environments filled with respect and opportunity. Hopefully, your co-workers will grow to be friends and family, and everyone will be happy forever and look something like these approachably beautiful people with perfect teeth in neutral colors. But, sadly, there…… Continue reading Surviving a Toxic Work Place
A few nights ago I didn’t sleep. At all. Not for one minute. Insomnia is not unknown to me, but it’s rare, and this was the first time I never went to sleep. Typically, I crash out between 03:30 and 04:30, but not this time. To make matters worse I couldn’t take a sick day…… Continue reading On Dealing with Stress
Earlier today I responded to a Twitter post this way, Reading the responses to the original tweet fourteen hours later and the rather small sample size overwhelmingly agrees with me. Most of the the respondents appear to be talking about public library experiences, rather than academic, but I think this is an area where there…… Continue reading Fines, Fines, Everywhere Are Fines…
Last year, while attending the Missouri Library Association’s (MLA) annual conference in Springfield, MO, on the last day I had an idea. There should be a session for job seekers to come together and share their experiences. It could be support group for people to share the struggles and encouragements of the job searching process.…… Continue reading Life Is Funny, Sometimes
When I moved from St. Louis to Las Vegas I moved from my true home city; from the area where I’d spent most of my life and where most of my family are. Due to circumstances beyond our control, my wife, DeLyle, wasn’t able to move with me. She’ll come later after she can secure…… Continue reading Just How Friendly Is Too Friendly, Boss?