Hope in dark times

Today was the second class meeting of the course I regularly teach, Information Literacy & Research. It was also the first class meeting after the white supremacist march & terrorist attack in Charlottesville. My regular lesson plan for day 2 of class fills the whole period, so I was unsure whether or how to address […]

Chief of police interviews on campus

My campus is currently hiring for a new chief of the campus police. For each of the four candidates, there was an open presentation, followed by a Q&A session. I decided to attend, to make sure questions get asked about dealing with racist policing practices. While there is a lot of critique about policing in […]


Back in 2013, my campus got a new University President. The previous president had been in his position for 19 years, and by the time he stepped down, there were significant problems with morale campus wide. So the new president started doing an annual climate survey, with questions about various levels of leadership – immediate […]

Dream job

The other day, I tweeted a bit about dreaming of all the things I wish my job could be. There have been some problematic dynamics in my department for a while now (years), and I’ve gotten to a point where I’m just frustrated. I spend so much time dealing with drama from this situation (including […]


Back in May, I went to the Identity, Agency, and Culture in Academic Libraries (IACAL) Conference in Los Angeles. There were some really great presentations, but it took a greater emotional toll than some conferences. I started writing this post shortly after I got home, but left it sitting as a draft for a while, […]

Class, Interrupted

So, this semester life decided to throw me a curve ball. I started the semester optimistic. Classes started abnormally early (Aug 10), but that was because MPOW added both a fall break and an extra week of classes this year, bringing us back to the 16-week semester that seems more common. (Right before I started, […]

Back to school

Tomorrow is the first day of fall semester at my university. I’m looking forward to the first day of class on Thursday! Yes, it will be the “syllabus day“, but it’s also a time to set the tone for the semester. With this in mind, I thought I’d share one of the ways I try […]