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  • 08/29/15--09:45: Welcome to fall semester
  • This past week was the first week of fall semester classes at my university. This is the first time in a while that I’ve taught only one regular section of our 2 credit hour information literacy course. Last semester I only taught one section, but it was an honors section, so I spent a lot … Continue reading Welcome to fall semester

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  • 08/09/16--10:39: Back to school
  • Tomorrow is the first day of fall semester at my university. I’m looking forward to the first day of class on Thursday! Yes, it will be the “syllabus day“, but it’s also a time to set the tone for the semester. With this in mind, I thought I’d share one of the ways I try […]

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  • 12/17/16--11:19: Class, Interrupted
  • So, this semester life decided to throw me a curve ball. I started the semester optimistic. Classes started abnormally early (Aug 10), but that was because MPOW added both a fall break and an extra week of classes this year, bringing us back to the 16-week semester that seems more common. (Right before I started, […]

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    Since the election, a lot of people have started to become politically active. I think this is great. However, there are better and worse ways of doing this. For those who have not been plugged in, there is a powerful impulse to get together with friends and create a new organization or organize a demonstration […]

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    Professional librarianship is still overwhelmingly white, even when the communities we work with are not. We talk a good game about wanting to become more diverse, we post ads that say we value diversity, and then we lament that all of the really qualified applicants look just like us. What are you going to do? […]

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  • 07/16/17--09:02: #IACAL2017
  • Back in May, I went to the Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries (IACAL) Conference in Los Angeles. There were some really great presentations, but it took a greater emotional toll than some conferences. I started writing this post shortly after I got home, but left it sitting as a draft for a while, […]

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  • 07/22/17--07:53: Dream job
  • The other day, I tweeted a bit about dreaming of all the things I wish my job could be. There have been some problematic dynamics in my department for a while now (years), and I’ve gotten to a point where I’m just frustrated. I spend so much time dealing with drama from this situation (including […]

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  • 07/24/17--08:15: Thoughts on travel funding
  • I’ve been in a few conversations on twitter recently about funding for conference travel. Last week, I came across this article: What I Learned From Posting a Survey of Conference Speakers. The author shared some of the findings from that survey, including: Paying Travel and Expenses is a Diversity and Safety Issue Of course, the […]

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  • 07/26/17--08:11: (Dis)engagement
  • Back in 2013, my campus got a new University President. The previous president had been in his position for 19 years, and by the time he stepped down, there were significant problems with morale campus wide. So the new president started doing an annual climate survey, with questions about various levels of leadership – immediate […]

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