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Placements & Salaries 2010: The Lucky Few

Hello fair readers,

I know.

I know, I know, I know.

It’s been 3 months since I have posted. I have little excuse for such behavior and I will fully admit that this blog may now seem all but dead. But in my own defense, I have been…

busy.

Insane amounts of busy. I have been working at a new library, in a new position and I have found that, low and behold, I am pretty damn good at it. Still, starting a new job is challenging. And that has taken up much of my time. Also I have been pouring my heart and soul into the group that I co-founded with Adam Girard and Anthony Molaro, the Chicago Deskset. And this has been going splendidly.

But! As you can tell from the title, this isn’t exactly the point of the post. For the past few months I have been working very hard on the feature piece for the Salaries & Placements issue of Library Journal. And today, it has appeared in the online format.

http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/careers/salaries/887218-305/placements__salaries_survey_2010.html.csp

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this — it was such an honor to first, be selected by LJ and then two, be able to work with an amazing editor, and three, to have the honor of selecting three incredibly talented librarians to write with. Adam, Karen and Molly, seriously, I know I keep saying this but THANK YOU! I am constantly in awe of my peers and what we are capable of putting out into the world. Your writing brings me to tears and makes me laugh and makes me proud to be a librarian. So yeah. You pretty much rock my world.

Okay, now I will get back into library world. Working my tail off. Writing what I feel. And speaking my mind. I will be back, fair readers. I just don’t know when.

Have a lovely weekend ❤

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Librarian Identity Crisis

Hello fair readers,

As I’m sure you have noticed, my blog has been fairly slow recently.  I can blame a couple of projects but really it boils down to an issue I have been battling. And while not a giant issue, its something I need to put out there and make a decision on.

Every time I have an interesting or good idea, I feel like I should be turning it into an article and trying to get it published.

most boring presentation ever. sorry.

Does anyone else have this issue?  And then, on top of this, I have come to the realization that I am not capable of churning out scholarly works.  Capable probably isn’t the right word.  I am very capable.  But would I be happy?  As I mentioned in a post before (yes the rant about ALA) that just isn’t my style.  Blogging, I suppose, is more of my style.  But is that lazy writing?  And really, am I reaching the same amount of people I could reach with a published work?

I’m having a bit of a librarian identity crisis.  The idea of being tenured literally scares the bejeezes out of me.  Which is sad because I’m sure librarians who have tenure are very blessed and pleased to have this status.  But I guess this goes back to my style of writing and the reason that I like to write.  I write because I enjoy it.  And I do things like the Young Librarian Series because I think there is a need for it.  And it just feels right.  So this makes me wonder about what my path as a librarian will become.  And what direction I am headed in.  And where I am going next.

Ahhhh.

Sigh.

While I do not know the answers to these questions, I know this.  The lack of postings on La de da is pretty much unacceptable at this point.  So I promise to make an effort and I’ll stop obsessing about whether to publish or blog.

Scouts honor.

Have a lovely week fair readers! And keep your eyes pealed for the next post on the Young Librarian Series!

Good News for People Who Like Good News (vol. 2)

Hello fair readers!

Just a small note to celebrate

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My first article is being published in the May 1st edition of Library Journal.  Here is a linky for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6652439.html?industryid=47106

I hope you enjoy it. ❤

Have a lovely weekends fair readers!