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



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Neutrality is anything but

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:22:06 +0000

“We watch people dragged away and sucker-punched at rallies as they clumsily try to be an early-warning system for what they fear lies ahead.” — Unwittingly prophetic me, March, 2016. Sometime after last November, I realized something very strange was happening with my clothes. My slacks had suddenly shrunk, even if I hadn’t washed them. After […]



MPOW in the here and now

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:04:49 +0000

I have coined a few biblioneologisms in my day, but the one that has had the longest legs is MPOW (My Place of Work), a convenient, mildly-masking shorthand for one’s institution. For the last four years I haven’t had the bandwidth to coin neologisms, let alone write about MPOW*. This silence could be misconstrued. I […]



Questions I have been asked about doctoral programs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:26:26 +0000

About six months ago I was visiting another institution when someone said to me, “Oh, I used to read your blog, BACK IN THE DAY.” Ah yes, back in the day, that Pleistocene era when I wasn’t working on a PhD while holding down a big job and dealing with the rest of life’s shenanigans. […]



A scholar’s pool of tears, Part 2: The pre in preprint means not done yet

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:23:57 +0000

Note, for two more days, January 10 and 11, you (as in all of you) have free access to my article, To be real: Antecedents and consequences of sexual identity disclosure by academic library directors. Then it drops behind a paywall and sits there for a year. When I wrote Part 1 of this blog […]



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 […]