Gearing up for another week

I made some progress last week on writing. At least I got a draft written up about the Empty Bowls workshops. It’s more of a “what we did” kind of article instead of anything scholarly, but I do those workshops for fun and to connect with an important cause, not as a scholarly activity. In […]

Write, dammit!

I’ve had “write, dammit!” on my office whiteboard, under the list of things to do soon, for at least a couple of months. It was right below completing my pre-tenure review binder, which I turned in last week… And which was a reminder of why I need to write! I am my own greatest obstacle […]

An attempt to revive my blog…

Like many students, I sat down this morning to work on a paper. For me, it’s a draft of a book chapter instead of a term paper, but whatever. I read through what I had already written, and as soon as I got to a part where I needed to add a paragraph, I realized […]

ALA Annual Conference

It has been a while since I posted! Keeping up with the blog dropped a few notches on the list of priorities as other things have come up, in part because I didn’t think anybody was really reading this. It’s a good exercise in reflective practice to write up events and teaching experiences for myself, […]

Teaching Outcomes

This past Friday night, I went out for dinner and drinks with a friend. It was a full week after the last day of final exams here, so we expected our tiny little town square to be free of students. We had dinner at one place, then moved to another location and just took seats […]

ACRL Immersion 2012

This past summer I got to attend the ACRL Immersion Teacher Track program. I probably should have written something up about it sooner… But, then again, there was so much information that giving it time to marinate was probably a good thing! For those who are unfamiliar with the Immersion program, it’s a week-long training […]

So much to do, so little time

This poor little blog has been sadly neglected for the past few months. I need to get back into the habit of taking time to reflect on what I’m doing, to slow down and think about things strategically instead of just reacting to the most pressing deadline. A huge amount of my energy this year […]

Student Advisory Boards

One of my many projects this semester is to work on establishing a student advisory board for my library. We have established a good relationship with the Student Government Association, so we’re getting really useful feedback and support from them. But we’d also like to get input from students that are not actively involved in […]

Library FunFest

This post is way overdue! This summer, our library worked with our university’s new summer bridge (aka college transition) program, which was designed to help at risk students (those at the lower end of our admittance standards) have a better chance of succeeding in college. We taught two sections of our 2-credit hour course – […]

LOEX of the West

Last week, I went to Burbank, CA to attend the LOEX of the West conference — the best conference I’ve been to so far. It was also my first time presenting at a professional conference! On Wednesday, I went to a preconference on conducting ethnographic research in libraries. Given my background in cultural anthropology, it […]