It’s been more than a week since I posted last. I’ve just not been in the head space for that.
A few quick updates, though:
I want to be clear about something. I am interested in switching from academic to public libraries NOT because I am angry with or unsuited for academic librarianship. Just the opposite, in fact. I am well suited for that field. I am interested in making the switch because those same skills and dispositions that make me an excellent academic librarian ALSO make me an excellent public librarian.
It’s not one or the other, it’s BOTH. Read More
On Monday, August 8, I sat down for an in person job interview with St. Louis County Library for an Assistant Branch Manager position at their Daniel Boone library. I met with the Branch Manager and a woman from Human Resources. We spoke for approximately 30 minutes. It was all very pleasant. I stressed why I wanted to make the change from academic to public libraries. I stressed that I’d worked for the system before. I stressed how my experience represented transferable skills. I stressed my desire for stability and to stay local. I stressed my organizational skills and my penchant for documentation and procedures because that is a focus of this particular manager — something I’d received inside information on from another branch manager. Read More
After a long decline brought on by the ubiquity of the internet its increasing ability to retrieve quick bits of information or book recommendations, the library community is saddened to announce the passing of Marian the Librarian. For more than a century, Marian the Librarian served as the figurehead and standard barer of what a librarian was to the general population. She could frequently be found in a cardigan sweater pushing a book truck in the stacks; looking up obscure facts for individuals on the telephone; making book recommendations to readers; or leading children in a story time. Those that were closest to her reveal that Marian’s demise was slow in coming. Her dedication and vivacity never wavered, but her ability to adapt to changing technologies and information needs became increasingly insufficient as the 21st century rose around her. Read More
Like most library-types, I’m an introvert. I get my energy and approval primarily from within. I like being alone. I like quiet times. It’s why I was such a good task-oriented person and part of why I would be a good cataloger if I wanted to go that route. But over the years I’ve intentionally placed myself in situations in which I have to interact with people; be the center of attention; expose myself to criticism and (even worse) praise. Read More