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Spring sneaks past

A day full of wind and rain caused a number of my sunflowers to topple over. Their downfall brightened our table earlier than usual this year.

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Recognize the opportunity

Meredith Farkas has pulled together a series of her thoughts about the impact of COVID-19 on libraries. This statement made me feel particularly seen: “While my commitment to my place of work feels deeply broken, my commitment to the people I work with is stronger than ever. And I’m struggling with the conflicted feelings all […]

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Let it go

Aisha S. Ahmad, assistant professor of political science at the University of Toronto, has an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education with some useful advice about productivity in the time of quarantine: “Know that you are not failing. Let go of all of the profoundly daft ideas you have about what you should be […]

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In all fields of interest

“For sixty years, Dover Publications succeeded with a unique business model and a founder who was willing to defend that model against changes to copyright law that he believed threatened to undermine it.” “This is a Permanent Book” by Karin Falcone Krieger Like many English majors in college, I acquired a number of Dover editions […]

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First daffodil of the season

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I, consumer (February 20, 2020)

Reading Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. Benjamin Franklin, quoted in Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard Listening So there it is. What news do political junkies demand? Outrage and gossip. Why? […]

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Anxiety is the theme of all our lives these days

File this under “my new favorite bands.” Spanish Love Songs hits my existential dread buttons in just the right places. I especially love this line: “Can’t even have my coffee without exploiting someone…What would it take be happy?”

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Death warmed over

Today was definitely one of those “I’m not alive until I’ve had three cups of coffee” types of days.

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Another post about email, but this time with recommendations

Introduction As the head of outreach for an academic library, I spend a lot of time thinking about how best to communicate with other people. Most of my job involves bringing people together, managing projects that involve multiple units, and keeping the right people in the loop at the right times. Determining the best method […]

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Ubi sunt

This evening, I had the pleasure of attending a discussion between Brian Stelter, host of the CNN show Reliable Sources, and Carol Costello, former host of CNN Newsroom. Their conversation floated effortlessly over, through, and between topics such as misinformation, the impact of mainstream media outlets like CNN and FoxNews, the Trump presidency, the intersection […]