Interpersonal Skills and Thank You’s: The People Part of Librarianship
Education & Curriculum / Professional Life

Interpersonal Skills and Thank You’s: The People Part of Librarianship

I’m going to state an obvious fact: being a good librarian means having strong interpersonal skills. I already knew this on a basic level when I decided to become a librarian. It is difficult to work well with people if you are an unpleasant person or keep saying inappropriate things. It is even more difficult to keep your … Continue reading

Strategies for the Reserved: Staying Engaged in a Distance Learning Environment
Distance Learning / Education & Curriculum / Honesty

Strategies for the Reserved: Staying Engaged in a Distance Learning Environment

Throughout my school career, I have always heard the terms “shy” and “reserved” used to describe me. I must admit, the description did not seem positive and would often affect how I further interacted in class. When I started my online MLIS almost two years ago, I was a little nervous because I had never … Continue reading

Library Team Dynamics: Texting my way through the LIS Conversation
Behind the Scenes / Technology

Library Team Dynamics: Texting my way through the LIS Conversation

Having experienced numerous career changes in my lifetime and mid-life exposure to higher education, I am in my third semester in Library School at the age of 47.  Each semester, my distance learning program places us with a new team of students, designating a team leader on our behalf.  I was designated team leader my … Continue reading

Connecting Nonprofits to the Library World
Professional Life / So What Do You Do?

Connecting Nonprofits to the Library World

Having started library school only this past January, I found out quickly how broad the profession can be. I found myself informally networking every other week with professionals in the tech sector, government records managers, digital archivists from across Austin, and several people who didn’t fit any sort of mold at all. I regularly came … Continue reading