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
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
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…
So, if the purpose of this blog is to explore the profession and my place in it — and it’s supposed to be — then, what I need to do is, well, that. I’ll begin, I guess not with the beginning (I’ve done that here and here), but with where I am today. Today, I…… Continue reading Digital Humanities and Value Added Services
I have always tried to keep this blog relatively positive. I’ve not always been successful, but that’s been my goal. I’ve tried to keep most negativity away from here because I don’t think anyone wants to read me whine about whatever perceived injustice my colleagues and I are enduring at the moment. That helps no…… Continue reading Turning the Corner?
Happy New-ish Year, gentle readers. After a three month hiatus I thought now would be a good time to jump back in the blogging pool. Some quick updates: Job hunt continues. After a promising summer of interviews I’m still in the same position I was before. I’ve gone back to school. Since 11.5 years experience and…… Continue reading Happy New-ish Year
On October 25th I have a Skype interview with UC Berkeley. Yay! But, that’s not what this post is really about. Everyone in my workplace knows that I am looking for another job. I am well aware that my openness on this matter is a luxury not afforded to many. It just so happens that…… Continue reading Moving Forward and Eating Elephants