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
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
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
Not much has been going on. The second week of the semester is over and I feel like we’ve settled in. DeLyle was here for about twenty-four hours on Tuesday and Wednesday for a job interview on campus. Our fingers are crossed but her would-be supervisor said outright that she’d never supervised anyone older than…… Continue reading Obligatory Weekly Update
After last week’s freak out over the beginning of the new semester, three days into it and it’s not so bad. I’m exhausted and my feet hurt, but at no point have I been overwhelmed. This is in large part to the completely awesome staff I have working under me. There were times when we…… Continue reading I’m a Survivor!
So, it’s happening, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. There is a Dothraki hoard of students coming my way in five days which will not let up until mid-December. And I am not ready. I’ve been at this job approximately two-and-a-half months learning everything I need to know to lead my department…… Continue reading OMGOMGOMG…!
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