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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: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:52:07 +0000


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 ...

The Next Librarian of Congress?

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:08:50 +0000

(image) Late last week, I received an email from the culture editor at the New Republic about writing an article on the next Librarian of Congress. It was the first offer I’ve ever had to write for a non-library-centric publication and the New Republic has a political bent I really respect, so it was an offer ...

The insidious nature of “fit” in hiring and the workplace

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:09:21 +0000

(image) Organizational culture is a very real and a very powerful force in every organization. I have worked in a variety of different organizations and each had had its own rituals, norms, values, and assumptions that influenced the way people worked together, shared information, and got things done. Culture is this weird, powerful, unspoken thing that both impacts ...