Tell Your Conference Anxiety to Shut Up, Already: Thoughts from CALCon15
Conferences / Professional Life

Tell Your Conference Anxiety to Shut Up, Already: Thoughts from CALCon15

As I was a recipient of a last-minute scholarship, I found out that I was attending the Colorado Association of Libraries Conference about a week before it started–that’s enough to make anyone panic a little, let alone a first-time conference attendee. “You don’t have business cards,” the high-pitched, high-strung voice of my anxiety squeaked. “What … Continue reading

Advice for First Generation LIS Students
Diversity / Honesty / Professional Life

Advice for First Generation LIS Students

I come from a family that doesn’t have work email, retirement stocks, or salaries. My parents and siblings, my “people,” are name tag and hairnet people. Clock-out for your lunch break people. With four older siblings, I was the first to graduate high school and then the first in my family to go to college. Now, as I finish my last … Continue reading

Challenging LCSH – an introduction
Advocacy & Activism / Diversity / Professional Life

Challenging LCSH – an introduction

Catalogues shape our libraries to a massive extent, but their influence is often underestimated. I’m not just talking about filing order, I’m talking about how we classify books and the huge impact this can have on our library users.  The tools (classification schemes, subject headings) we use have fundamental flaws when used blindly, and as … Continue reading