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

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Whose rights matter more?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 18:43:37 +0000

(image) My dad recently shared with me a book, written by a distant cousin who is a professor in Israel, about her grandmother’s immigrant experience and her relatives. Her grandmother just happened to be my grandmother’s first cousin, so my grandmother, great-grand-parents, and great-great-grandmother figure in the book. Given that I knew next to nothing about ...

Dear Professor

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:26:34 +0000

(image) I knew something was very wrong toward the end of Freshman year at Wesleyan. I’d begun to withdraw from the circle of friends I’d become so close to over the year that two of them came home with me over Spring Break. I either couldn’t fall asleep at all or slept 12 or more hours ...

Framework Freakout presentation and Questions Answered

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:00:04 +0000

(image) Last week, I gave an online presentation about the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for the ACRL Student Learning & Information Literacy Committee. It was entitled Framework Freakout: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live with the Framework. Way more people attended than I’d expected (you know how webinars go) and it ended up being ...

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 ...