Welcome to the Absurd Zone

I hate December. December is the Absurd Zone. December is when we wrap up classes, enroll students for the spring, prepare for winter break, have major cultural holidays and family obligations, and also wrap up a financial quarter. December is when academics break into tiny pieces. In May, when the…

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Productivity tactics

I’m in my office on a Saturday afternoon. Honestly, I don’t mind — I’m sort of sad that I’m not at home, where Gwyn apparently just put on her coat and hat and said goodbye to her father… just like mama did not half an hour before (aaaaawww.). But they’re…

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Manage Focus Avoid Limit

It’s good advice, that graphic. Our time should be spent on boxes 1 and 2. Unfortunately, it’s HARD to keep box 3 off your plate if you’re a helping person, or a reliable colleague, or your desk has a metaphysical The Buck Stops Here sign on it. But it’s worth…

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AADitL: Wednesday 

Heck, let’s do it again. Why not. Today’s a day with a much different rhythm to it. 7:00 — Alarm goes off. Wake up, talk to my husband for a while, read my email, respond to a few quick messages that can be handled by iPhone. The kiddo wakes up…

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Academic Administrator Day in the Life

I’ll be honest: I started doing “day in the life” posts because I liked the idea of sharing the experience that is my piece of the puzzle of academic librarianship. But today, I’m writing this one because I need to give myself a pep talk about what I do all…

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