Category: Library Philosophy

Let’s Break Some Shit

creative destruction

Over the last few months I’ve been in a, “Well, now what?” period of my career. I’ve steered my department through crisis and now that it’s passed I’m not sure what I’m doing in my position. If my job starts and ends running a…

Setting the Sail

A few weeks ago, working the circulation desk was becoming very difficult for me. Which is a bad thing, as a public services librarian. I’m certain that I was suffering a certain amount of public services burnout. What I wasn’t certain about at the…

Big Picture Librarian

We are part of an amazing profession built on helping others. As I’ve been pondering my next steps in the profession and what my place is in it (here and here) I reminded myself that I don’t have to struggle with the question on…

Oops!

stressed cartoon lady

So, after making a doofy mistake I got locked out of the TOAL Twitter account. I’m working to get reactivated. In other news, you can go on all the racist, misogynistic, homophobic, or otherwise hateful rants you want to on Twitter, but indicating a…

I Don’t Read

book and red wine on a marble table

I don’t read. That’s not really true, of course. I read, some. I suspect that I read more than the average person, and especially the average man, but compared to other librarians, I don’t read.

Punk Rock Book Jockeys

via Punk Rock Book Jockeys Here’s a post from a public library perspective that talks about some of the same ideas I’ve had from an academic perspective. It’s also a more positive spin on the same coin I spun here. Can we make PUNK…

My Worst Job Interview Experience, Part 2

man awaits airplane

The interview wasn’t until the afternoon, so I had the whole morning to myself. I slept in, drank whatever passed for coffee in my room, and did more prep for the day. All the while I was still angry and wondering if I really…

I’m Fully Staffed Again!, or, I Needed a Drink

book and red wine on a marble table

Recently, a candidate accepted a job offer to work for me. This means that for the first time since the end of June I’m fully staffed in my department. Prior to that I was fully staffed for 4-6 weeks, maybe. Other than that, from…

Emotionalism, the Trials of Public Service, & Vulcans

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a line backed up to the exits, the phone is ringing off the hook, and a patron is standing there wanting to argue policy with you. You could be working in retail, a public library, an academic library, or…

The Ambivalent Librarian

About six months ago I wrote about the perception of professionalism in libraries. About three months ago I began a post with the above title. That post was begun at a point of emotional nadir in which my depression had had a significant resurgence….

Things They Don’t Teach in Library School: Part 1, Collective Grieving

Girl in Grief

It is a dark time for the library. A few months ago, one of my employees –a woman in her early forties — was diagnosed with colon cancer. This week we learned that she has passed away. I only knew the woman for a…

Transition Points

Today (02/01) is the first day of the rest of my career. It is also the first day that my hiring manager no longer works here. It is the first day that the department is really mine.