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Information Wants To Be Free

A librarian, writer and educator reflecting on the profession and the tools we use to serve our patrons

Last Build Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:00:55 +0000


Uniting (not shaming) in a post-election America

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:00:55 +0000

(image) I, like so many people I know, am trying to process my feelings about last week’s election, reflect on what it all means, and thinking about what concrete things I can do to help. I’ve been cycling through feelings of anger, fear, numbness, and a pressing desire to DO SOMETHING. I and most of my ...

Is the Framework Elitist? Is ACRL?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:30:46 +0000

(image) Many of you who read my blog already know that I came to librarianship from social work, where I was a child and family psychotherapist. As a therapist, one of our major guiding documents (whether we liked it or not) was the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The DSM determined what things ...

Choose your own professional involvement adventure

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:42:55 +0000

(image) Last month, I had lunch with two friends who are also in academia. We talked a lot about professional ambitions and “extracurricular” professional involvement. One of them is starting a new book and the other is thinking about doing consulting as a side-job. In every job I’ve had (even before librarianship), I’ve been focused on ...

Bias in climbing the career ladder and Hillary Clinton

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 03:37:29 +0000

(image) This race must be familiar for many women: she’s overqualified for the promotion, he’s unqualified, and yet it’s still a contest. — (((Touré))) (@Toure) July 29, 2016 I had lunch with a friend recently and we talked about a guy we both know (let’s call him Joe) who rapidly rose through the ranks at the ...

My year in reading, 2015

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:20:36 +0000

(image) I’ve learned over time that work/life balance not only looks different for every person, but looks very different for an individual from one moment to the next. The needs you and your loved ones have and the things that give you the most pleasure can radically change over time. This year, I really tried to ...

Should the horrible first job search be seen as a rite-of-passage?

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:01:03 +0000

(image) I felt really sad when I read Kyle Shockey’s post on the Librarian Burnout blog about feeling burnout after library school and being in the midst of the job hunt. By all indications, he is one of those rare recent grads who followed the advice so many of us give to LIS students — don’t ...