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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

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The dangers of the backchannel: my observations from the #ACRL2017 hashtag

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:43:21 +0000

(image) When I took my current job at PCC almost three years ago, I gained so many things: work I love, amazing engaged colleagues, a mission I identify with, terrific students, and great faculty collaborators. One of the things I lost was sufficient professional development funding. I haven’t attended an out-of-state conference in almost three years, and while ...

Holding to our values during difficult times

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:40:53 +0000

(image) I write a lot in my American Libraries column about library values, particularly those around access and privacy. My latest column (Jan/Feb 17), which should be out soon online just also came out this morning, is a love letter to critical librarianship in which I share my conviction (shared by many) that libraries are not ...

2016 wasn’t all bad

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:40:17 +0000

(image) As I alluded to in my last post, this year was a difficult one for me personally that ended up turning out for the better. I know that many of us have felt dispirited and beaten down since the election and feel like 2016 was a flaming dumpster fire of a year, so I’ve decided ...

My year in reading 2016

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:58:18 +0000

(image) 2016 has been one hell of a year. It started out for me with optimistic giddiness, then crashed into the land of extreme stress and fear and stayed there rather longer than I would have liked. But what I’d thought was the end of so many good things in my life actually marked the beginning ...

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 ...

Generous hearts and social media shaming

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:07:42 +0000

(image) When I was young and bold and strong, Oh, right was right, and wrong was wrong! My plume on high, my flag unfurled, I rode away to right the world. “Come out, you dogs, and fight!” said I, And wept there was but once to die. But I am old; and good and bad Are ...

Appreciate your speakers

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:30:29 +0000

(image) I have been very fortunate to address librarians nationally and internationally as a speaker. I love sharing my ideas, experiences, and things I’ve learned and meeting other librarians. I have gotten research ideas, column ideas, and made friends through my travels. I have visited places I’d always wanted to visit. I am not nearly as ...