Got to get away! Let’s recap the last year: After 2.5 years of doing a nation-wide search I finally landed a new position at UNLV. In as little as two weeks I secured an apartment that met my needs sight unseen from 1,600 miles away. Rented a pickup truck which we loaded with everything I’d…… Continue reading Vacation: All I Ever Wanted
I’m at work. It’s Saturday. I don’t work Saturdays. I’m closing, which is not that unusual, but I’m closing at midnight. My bed time is around 10:00. This all feels so wrong. I remember the days when staying up until midnight was no big deal on any given night of the week. I remember regularly staying…… Continue reading It’s Finals. How Are You Doing?
So, last week was rough for me. I was feeling mentally exhausted and by Friday was beating up on myself for making a simple and entirely fixable mistake. By Saturday night I was sitting alone in bed — Wifey had fallen asleep on the couch — with that old familiar depressive feeling and wracking my…… Continue reading Optimism: a.k.a. Depression Lies
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 anywhere there is a front-line public service desk. It is difficult.…… Continue reading Emotionalism, the Trials of Public Service, & Vulcans
Combing through a pile of job applicants is one of my least favorite parts of my job. When the job demands clear communication skills and attention to detail, I suggest not including a page long paragraph in your cover letter, also, I suggest paying attention to which is your resume and which is your cover…… Continue reading Recent Observations
Hello, fair readers! I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for so long. The holidays are only part of my excuse. The last 8+ weeks have been alternately horrible and promising for me and include a resurgence of depression, a poor performance evaluation, new purpose, new direction, and new situations. I won’t go into details but…… Continue reading Checking In
In the spring of 2016 I was enrolled in the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science & Learning Technology’s (SISLT) Online Education certificate program. I was only in the program for that one semester before taking a new job in a new state that made it financially impossible to continue with that certificate program…… Continue reading Why Did My Job Exist?: Decline of Consortial Monograph Circulation at University of Missouri St. Louis, 2011-2016