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
I don’t get a lot of mail in my inbox at work, so it was a bit of a surprise when I got up and saw a stack of comment cards inside. I thought I’d share them with you. Not my people, but I’ll take it. Words [can’t] express how helpful, friendly and professional the…… Continue reading Recent Comment Cards
About six months ago I wrote about the perception of professionalism in libraries. About three months ago I began a post with the above title. That post was begun at a point of emotional nadir in which my depression had had a significant resurgence. I was in fear of losing my job, and I really…… Continue reading The Ambivalent Librarian
It is a dark time for the library. A few months ago, one of my employees –a woman in her early forties — was diagnosed with colon cancer. This week we learned that she has passed away. I only knew the woman for a short time, but she was a quiet and kind person whom…… Continue reading Things They Don’t Teach in Library School: Part 1, Collective Grieving