An open letter to my community

Libraryland colleagues, I walked past the campus lunchtime protesters today, twice — once on my way to lunch, and once on my way back. The first time, they were shouting “FUCK THE WALL”. The second time, they had a great dance-line chant of “Hey ho, hey ho, Donald Trump has…

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oh noes, not “the legal team”!

I feel like this is a periodic post… but it’s time again. Right now we’re going back and forth with a vendor whose license agreement includes strict language about non-disclosure and confidentiality, and that everything in the agreement is a trade secret. I’ve said this all before, here. The key…

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What if?

I’m a big fan of “What if?” questions when it comes to planning and imagining. They’re my favorite way to think through both the positive and the negative about what we do, and I do it in my personal life as well as my professional one. (“What if I enrolled…

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Director’s Day in the Life: working from home

I used to do these regularly, when Library Day In The Life was a thing. I sort of liked it; it’s interesting to see, in a really clear way, what I do all day. Yesterday I worked from home for most of the day, for personal reasons related to tired-pregnant-joint-problems.…

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On being an administrator

In the last several weeks I’ve had quite a few conversations that, at their core, boil down to this notion: As an administrator, my¬† job requires that I make decisions based on the best interests of all the constituents that I serve, and all of their needs must be taken…

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