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The “P” Word

In the first year that I was in library school my early classes were frequently preoccupied with the question “Is librarianship a profession?” And the answer was, of course, “yes!” But the yes wasn’t a confident one as much as a desperate defense of the profession as such. In fact, the early classes were more…… Continue reading The “P” Word

Biography · Job Searching · Lifeskills · Professional Conferences

Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

This week’s post* is actually guest starring on a new website for us library types. It also previews my session at next month’s MLA Conference. *Please, excuse the (at least) two grammatical errors neither I nor the editor caught. Also, should you ever spot grammatical or punctuation errors on this site. Let me know and…… Continue reading Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

Biography · Leadership · Library Philosophy · Service Models

Humanist Leadership

I’m new to being a boss. I’ve supervised student assistants for years, but this is the first job in which I’ve supervised “grown-ups.” Currently, I have five full-timers and two part-timers underneath me, not counting the small army of student workers they supervise. There are whole ranges in libraries that contain everything I don’t know…… Continue reading Humanist Leadership

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Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 2

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