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

Self-Advocacy in the LIS World
Big Picture / Education & Curriculum / Professional Life

Self-Advocacy in the LIS World

For many people, self-advocacy is tough. Period. But, it’s especially tough when you’re part of a profession in which budgets are often tight, roles are hierarchical, and barriers can feel insurmountable. I’m not just talking about working in the library or information science professions. All apply equally to the experience of being a student in … 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

Getting involved outside of school
Big Picture / Internships & Volunteering / Professional Life

Getting involved outside of school

Now that I’ve finished my first year of library school at the Catholic University of America in D.C., and after reading excellent posts from Desiree on Personal and Professional Development and activism,  Kristina’s post about serving with intention, and Kendra’s two cents on participating in student organizations, it made me wonder: can I get through … Continue reading

Sweat the small stuff: the other side of librarianship
Behind the Scenes / Honesty / Professional Life

Sweat the small stuff: the other side of librarianship

I’ve no doubt that we have all been attracted to librarianship because of its glamorous, exciting image. However, there is another side to working in a library which may well not be covered in your postgraduate study. This side of library work may come up in any job, but particularly paraprofessional or sole librarian roles. … Continue reading