From Homeschool to Library School… and lessons learned along the way
Diversity / Education & Curriculum / Hellos & Goodbyes

From Homeschool to Library School… and lessons learned along the way

First, a brief background, since I’m new here. I finished my undergrad in 2003, and in the ensuing 12 years, went about as far outside of the academic realm as was possible. I volunteered for political campaigns, traveled hippie-style, studied permaculture design, worked on various farms, moved to a rural town, and had children. Graduate … Continue reading

Personal and Professional Development in Grad School
Advocacy & Activism / Diversity / Internships & Volunteering

Personal and Professional Development in Grad School

  When I first started my archives program last fall, everyone at my institution encouraged the new cohort to “get involved” in student leadership, professional organizations, conference activities and the like. There are the obvious reasons for doing this: professional development, networking, getting a pulse on important issues in the field and applying our skills … Continue reading

HB2, NC Libraries, and Why You Should Care
Advocacy & Activism / Big Picture / Diversity / Education & Curriculum

HB2, NC Libraries, and Why You Should Care

In the words of Charlotte’s Mayor Jennifer Roberts, “This legislation is literally the most anti-LGBT legislation in the country. It sanctions discrimination against the LGBT community.” The legislation provides legal protection of rights in employment and public accommodation for individuals on the basis of “race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex or handicap,” and goes on to state that these protections cannot be expanded by “any ordinance, regulation, resolution, or policy adopted or imposed by a unit of local government or other political subdivision of the State.” In other words, local governments can no longer define discrimination within their own towns, cities, or counties. Continue reading