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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values

I am painfully careful about what I say about my place of work, about the people I work with, about the people I work for. Transparency is all well and good, but so is appropriateness. I work — I struggle — to balance both. And so the image in this…

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A warning to 2015

So, 2015. Let’s talk. I had really high hopes for you. I wanted to make something awesome with you. I still do. But this thing you’ve been doing for the last two weeks, where you go from the sublime to the ridiculous to the horrifying AND BACK AGAIN approximately every…

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mindfulness and balance

As I start a new calendar year and a new semester, I, like so many Americans, am making resolutions. Establishing my resolve. Reminding myself of what I value. Making choices about how I live. In my personal life, I’ve resolved to meditate daily, exercise regularly, eat better, and sleep more.…

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Staying on top of of it all

I ran into a campus friend in the cafe while I was picking up lunch, and we commiserated about the state of our workloads at this point in the year. I said, “I spent my morning dealing with the minutia of running two libraries and having 20 staff who need…

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