Access Services · Library Philosophy · Professionalism · Reflection

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 · 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

Access Services · Biography · Leadership · Library Philosophy · Networking · Professional Conferences · Service Models

Taking Stock at Two Months

This week marks two months in the new job, and two weeks from the start of the fall semester. Let’s take a step back and see how things are going. In and earlier post I talked about how I was adjusting to the idea that I’m the boss of unit now and how difficult it…… Continue reading Taking Stock at Two Months

Job Searching · Networking · Professional Conferences

Announcing, Live, and In Person…

ME! Today, I confirmed that I will, indeed, be appearing at this year’s Missouri Library Association Conference moderating the JOB SEEKERS’ SUPPORT GROUP. The description I submitted to them reads as follows. Librarianship is a very competitive field to break in to. There are many more applicants than open positions and the struggle to achieve…… Continue reading Announcing, Live, and In Person…