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The benefits of professionalization

Flynn: I can set up an RSS feed. Charlene: Everybody knows that. They’re librarians.

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Drabinski on professionalism in libraries

Before opening the floor for discussion of professionalism in libraries, I recommend we start here: Emily Drabinski,  “Valuing professionalism: Discourse as professional practice” (2016).

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Hey John, where’s your bow tie?

Early in my career, my colleagues would frequently refer to me as “the guy who wears the bow tie.” It infuriated me. “Seriously,” I would say to myself, “is that the only thing you can say about me? What about all this great librarian work I’m doing?” This of course led me to question my own […]

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Contributing to the profession and getting active: a mini-presentation

This weekend, the California Library Association’s Student Interest Group sponsored a collaborative, informal workshop on professional development. The event was headed up by Young Lee and I served as one of the panelists along with Cynthia, Mary, and Allison. We spent a good amount of time talking about networking and getting the most out of […]

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Get inspired! Creating third spaces for librarians

I’ve been reading Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer. In one chapter, he describes the campus layout of Pixar Animation Studios up north of Oakland. At the center of the facility is a vast, open space that Lehrer calls “the atrium.” It’s a place where employees come together on their way to coffee/lunch/bar/bathroom. Having […]

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Nominate a librarian

I want to see more librarians on pedestals. I want to see them holding trophies, making speeches, and talking about their work on a global stage. I want the world to see the work we do and be glad we’re here. There have been a number of grassroots initiatives to increase our visibility and highlight […]