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Category: new librarian

Extracurriculars

For the last year, I’ve had an extracurricular activity that, while professionally-related, won’t ever go on my curriculum vitae, workload, or activity report: I coordinate Anchorage’s “Interlibrary Lush,” a monthly happy hour for LAM (libraries, archives, and museums) workers and friends. It’s been fun getting to know more of the…

Comparing and Contrasting Leadership Programs

I’ve been very fortunate, in my nearly three years as a librarian, to have had the opportunity to participate in two library leadership programs: PNLA Leads and ALA Emerging Leaders. The programs have different methodologies and different goals, so, unsurprisingly, my experiences and takeaways were very different. I should acknowledge,…

Death by Doodle

Scheduling is generally acknowledged to be a messy process. It is what we developer/geek types refer to as a “Hard Problem.” (I’m pretty sure it’s actually an “np hard problem,” but why risk overstating it?) But I find myself really irritated by the current “solution” that I and most of…

Introduction to Alaska Digital Resources – Lesson One

Explanation of what I’m doing, for people not taking the course: Alaska has this very cool thing, where people living in the state have access to a whole bunch of electronic resources through the “Statewide Library Electronic Doorway” (SLED) and “Digital Pipeline.” (I admit, I haven’t the foggiest idea what…

Mindset

I’m not a huge fan of the Beloit College Mindset List–not because it isn’t fun and interesting, but because I think there are people who take it seriously and believe it will help them relate to “kids these days,” when they could probably use it just as well to relate…

CPD23 – Thing 7 – “Professional Involvement is a Marathon, Not a Sprint”

Did I miss a week? I see Thing 6 sitting there in Google Reader, but I don’t remember it coming in. :/ Anyway, professional organizations are very much on my mind right now. I am, as those of us on the tenure track sometimes say, “overcommitted to service” at the…