Category: Library Philosophy

Take Care of Yourself: Mental Health and Your Career

Like a lot of people, I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety; more depression than anxiety, but they tend to go hand in hand because they are sweet, sweet, lovers. I know what my roots are — being raised in a toxically masculine culture where…

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…