Small black and white dog sitting in a lap in a hammock chair looking at the camers

Reflecting on Burnout

Sometime during the last month, while working on the section on the much-over-due book, a light clicked for me – I am experiencing burnout. There are many factors that contribute to burnout that result from poor policies, management, and working conditions. I can honestly say that most of what led me to burnout were my own choices. But those choices are tied to larger issues … Continue reading Reflecting on Burnout

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Edited: On moments of courage and the lack thereof

Edited April 2, 2021 10:35am CT I have edited this post to apologize for the harm my blog post caused. I owe these panelists an apology for not being more hands-on with them before the symposium. I should have taken the time to reach out to them individually and get to know them. It is clear I missed some critical information about them and failed … Continue reading Edited: On moments of courage and the lack thereof

iPhone screeshot. It reads "Monday February 15. Good morning. Partly cloudy conditions with a wind chill of -26 degrees. -8 degrees."

February is the Hardest Month

Recently I had this conversation a couple of different times with friends. Although it is not library-specific, it feels right to share these thoughts on the blog. A couple of years ago, in February, while sitting at the airport with a delayed flight to Baltimore, I decided I was over February. As someone who struggles with the lack of sunlight in Iowa in the Winter … Continue reading February is the Hardest Month

image of 5 dark flat rocks stacked on top of each other with leaves in the background. "Fostering Wellness in the Library Workplace" "Coming late 2020/early 2021 from ALA editions"

Stepping Back from Social Media To Take Time to Write and Reduce Stress

Like all of us, my world was thrown into chaos in March when libraries began measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. March 12th was the last day I was “in the office.” I have a chronic cough, which was (understandably), making people nervous, and I could work from home, so I started before the university’s official shut down. I had four trips scheduled in … Continue reading Stepping Back from Social Media To Take Time to Write and Reduce Stress

Joining the Team at the University of Iowa Libraries and the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted a position at the University of Iowa. I will be the Community Outreach Librarian from the Great Midwest Region of the National Network of Medical Libraries. I will be developing and promoting outreach and education within communities in the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). This position will allow my to … Continue reading Joining the Team at the University of Iowa Libraries and the National Network of the Libraries of Medicine

Please Help These Iowa Students Get 1.5 Million Postcards

As many of you know I returned to my home state of Iowa a couple of years ago. I love my home state, there are a lot of great things happening here, and I try to support as many as I can. I grew about less than half an hour from Danville, so I’m happy to share this project.  Please consider sending a postcard and … Continue reading Please Help These Iowa Students Get 1.5 Million Postcards