How to Be a Good Manager: Tips from the Books and Real Life
Education & Curriculum / Professional Life

How to Be a Good Manager: Tips from the Books and Real Life

During the course of my career as a library science graduate student, I learned that it is critical for librarians to have strong interpersonal skills, such as how to be a successful manager. Last semester I was fortunate enough to learn many critical tips on what it takes to be a good manager from reading my textbook and … Continue reading

3 Lessons learned at my first library conference
Conferences / Emerging Careers / Professional Life / Uncategorized

3 Lessons learned at my first library conference

At the beginning of this month, Computers in Libraries descended upon the Washington DC area, taking up residence at the Washington Hilton hotel for the better part of a week. I was particularly excited to attend, not only because I live in the area, but also because this is, my first official conference attendance as … Continue reading

#TheBigSearch Continues
Day in the Life / Honesty / Job Searching / Professional Life

#TheBigSearch Continues

As spring rolls around, I know that many of us are “cleaning” up our resumes/CVs and wordsmithing our cover letters. It’s time to find that job…whether it be a graduate assistantship, summer practicum, a fall internship, a part-time library job, or a full-time job. It can be a daunting task. Especially when you are juggling … Continue reading

3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian
Day in the Life / Professional Life / Specializations

3 Lessons I Learned from a Reference Librarian

Reference librarian: A librarian employed in a reference department who is responsible for providing helpful information in response to questions posed by users of the library.   Reference librarianship is well ingrained into all areas of librarianship. Whether your focus is systems, youth services, access services, adaptive technology or archives, it is very likely you … Continue reading

What Library Displays Taught Me About Effort, Good Intentions, and Failure
Behind the Scenes / Honesty / Professional Life

What Library Displays Taught Me About Effort, Good Intentions, and Failure

There aren’t a ton of articles on this topic here at HLS, so today we’re going to talk about failure. More specifically, my failure. I’ve been serving on the display committee at the library where I work for almost a year – we put together monthly displays with timely themes to feature certain books and … Continue reading