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Free Range Librarian

K.G. Schneider's blog on librarianship, writing, and everything else

Last Build Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:25:28 +0000


With a pin and a prayer

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:52:51 +0000

“The KKK-endorsed president-elect of the United States just appointed a white nationalist to his cabinet and has promised to deport or incarcerate two to three million undocumented immigrants as soon as he’s inaugurated, but here’s what the left is arguing about: safety pins.” — Heather Dockray, Mashable On Sunday I did something I haven’t done […]

A scholar’s pool of tears, Part 1

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:58:06 +0000

This is Part 1 of the origin story of the following scholarly article. In this blog post I review how this article was produced and accepted for publication, and why I chose a non-OA journal. Schneider, K.G. (in press). To Be Real: Antecedents and Consequences of Sexual Identity Disclosure by Academic Library Directors, The Journal […]

Leadership by the Numbers

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 16:27:03 +0000

In late April–a month into the last quarter of our fiscal year–I was presenting at a statewide deans’ council on a major proposal (the short version: tightening up our “loose federation”) when the emails started arriving. In minutes, everything changed. Suddenly I was in the middle of Fiscalpocalypse 2016, a crisis the diameter of Jupiter. […]

Margin of error

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 22:38:41 +0000

I just had a wonderful stroke of luck that bailed me out of a big ole boneheaded error I made yesterday. It is the kind of error that I have a certain notoriety for — not all the time, just once in a while, when I am on overload and stop reading email all the […]

Change is a hurricane or a door

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:56:13 +0000

My formative years as a librarian were in library systems that built themselves around the concept of aggregated strength through collective action. (If you’re thinking that sounds socialist, take heed that this concept could easily describe the armed forces.) That concept has a very weak toehold in California, across all systems. Yes, there are some […]

Channeling Winston

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:41:15 +0000

This is a very short post intended to test the theme I’m using (veryplaintext) but the title was inspired by a thought I tweeted the other night: This country is starting to wear clown shoes. — K.G. Schneider (@kgs) March 9, 2016 To which Tim Spalding replied: @kgs If you want a picture of the […]

Holding infinity

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:21:32 +0000

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower  Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour This weekend Sandy and I had a scare which you have heard about if you follow me on Facebook. I won’t repeat all of it here, […]

Speaking about writing: I nominate me

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 04:27:48 +0000

I have been immersed in a wonderful ordinariness: completing my first full year as dean, moving my doctoral work toward the proposal-almost-ready stage, and observing the calendar in my personal life. In November I pulled Piney III, our Christmas tree, out of his box in the garage, and he is staying up until next weekend. […]

The importance of important questions

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:43:14 +0000

Pull up a chair and set a while: I shall talk of my progress in the doctoral program; my research interests, particularly LGBT leadership; the value of patience and persistence; Pauline Kael; and my thoughts on leadership theory. I include a recipe for  cupcakes. Samson, my research assistant, wanted me to add something about bonita […]

Come together, right now

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:24:56 +0000

Tomorrow is my first convocation at my new university. For my international readers, a convocation in this part of the world is usually a ceremony in the autumn where faculty, students, and the schools that serve them are welcomed into the new academic year. (Although sometimes “convocation” is a graduation, which I suppose makes it […]