Access Services · Digital Humanities · Professionalism · Service Models

Why Did My Job Exist?: Decline of Consortial Monograph Circulation at University of Missouri St. Louis, 2011-2016

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

Access Services · Leadership · Networking · Professional Conferences · Professionalism

Access Services Conference

Thanks to having an employer who actually sees the value in investing in its employees I was able to attend the Access Services Conference for the first time, this year, in Atlanta. If you’re not aware, this is a smaller conference that is dedicated — not surprisingly — to the Access Services zone of academic…… Continue reading Access Services Conference

Biography · Job Searching · Lifeskills · Professional Conferences

Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

This week’s post* is actually guest starring on a new website for us library types. It also previews my session at next month’s MLA Conference. *Please, excuse the (at least) two grammatical errors neither I nor the editor caught. Also, should you ever spot grammatical or punctuation errors on this site. Let me know and…… Continue reading Navigating the Horrible Valley of Librarian Job Searches

Biography · Reflection · Uncategorized

Free Speech and Free Societies, Pt. 1

Just over three 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…