Come work with us

We’re hiring again. I swear, it seems like we’ve done this once a year for the last three, and if consult the HR log, it actually is more like… twice a year for the last three. Fortunately for us (and for you, O Job Seekers!), this is due to retirement,…

feeling pointy

I have had a very bad week regarding vendors — the disheartening, maddening kind — and in the interests of advancing libraries’ understanding of how our vendor community treats us, I’m going to name names. Secrets in the dark just ensure that we all get the same (bad) treatment. We…

the torment of terrible cover letters

I have been compiling this post for a while. I think about cover letters when we have an open search, and moments when we have an open search are precisely the wrong time for the Director of Libraries to talk about how to write a good cover letter. So I…

What is real library work, anyway?

“I’m not trying to be a pain, but if someone’s, like, just doing Facebook, can I kick them off? Can you? I have actual work to do!” That’s the eternal library computer lab question, isn’t it? Libraries struggle with it more than plain-vanilla computer labs, I would guess, in that…

IL 2007: Day two, keynote, Joe Janes

[this was one of the most entertaining and energizing things I’ve heard in a very, very long time.  The keynote was simply wonderful.  Can I take Joe Janes home with me?  Can he come energize and speak truth to the powers that operate at my institution, in my system, and…

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