Biography · Reflection · Uncategorized

Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 1

Just over two years ago Michael Brown was shot dead on the streets of Ferguson, MO, by a cowardly police officer. Was Michael Brown completely innocent of any crime? Probably not, but that’s not the point. As far as I can tell he was guilty of petty theft, jaywalking, and assaulting a police officer, none…… Continue reading Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 1

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…

Job Searching · Library Philosophy · Networking · Professional Conferences

Life Is Funny, Sometimes

Last year, while attending the Missouri Library Association’s (MLA) annual conference in Springfield, MO, on the last day I had an idea. There should be a session for job seekers to come together and share their experiences. It could be support group for people to share the struggles and encouragements of the job searching process.…… Continue reading Life Is Funny, Sometimes

Leadership · Library Philosophy · Networking

Just How Friendly Is Too Friendly, Boss?

When I moved from St. Louis to Las Vegas I moved from my true home city; from the area where I’d spent most of my life and where most of my family are. Due to circumstances beyond our control, my wife, DeLyle, wasn’t able to move with me. She’ll come later after she can secure…… Continue reading Just How Friendly Is Too Friendly, Boss?

Library Philosophy

Student Workers: The Doozers of Academic Libraries

How many of us got started in libraries when we were in college and needed rent (and beer) money? For me, I was a junior in at Webster University into which I’d just transferred from my community college. I’d started out being a seasonal book jockey at the campus bookstore, but needed more income and…… Continue reading Student Workers: The Doozers of Academic Libraries

Biography · Job Searching · Networking · Professional Conferences

Big Changes: Or, Why I’ve not Been Posting or at ALA.

Well, it finally happened! After 2.5 years of laborious and demoralizing job hunting I’ve finally been graced with a NEW JOB! About two months ago UNLV offered me the position of Circulation Manager for their Lied Library. I agreed to it right away and my wife and I started preparations for the move from St.…… Continue reading Big Changes: Or, Why I’ve not Been Posting or at ALA.