Feminist Leadership

book review, creative work, networking
Earlier this year, I co-wrote an article on technology, silo-ing, and the affordances of intersectional feminist leadership with my husband, Dale. The book in which that article appears is now out and if you are an academic leader of any stripe, you should really take a look at it. Feminists Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership. Eds. Shirley Yew & Baharak Yousefi. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-63400-027-7 Dale and I decided to join forces and write something that addresses our individual passions in a collective way. His interest in library leadership, mentoring the next generation of leaders and managers in academic libraries, and the persistent cultural divide around "hard" technical skills and "soft" people skills in the library combined with my commitment to teaching and…
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Leaving Academia, Part ?

book review, post-academic
(I am giving myself permission to share parts of the emotional and economic and professional journey from full-time tenured professor to staff person to contingent faculty person to self-employed person here.) One of my biggest worries when I left academia was that I would be losing access to one of my favourite things in the whole world: reading good books and talking about them with smart people. I knew of such things as book clubs, of course, but I had never been a part of one AND I assumed that there was a good reason for that. Who wants a literature prof in their book club? It would be inviting the killjoy into the room.   As it turns out, I was wrong. In one of those instances where you…
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Group Dynamics–Creating Your Academic Network

job market, networking, productivity
There was something magical, for me anyway, about graduate school. I was surrounded by smart, engaged people who were interested in things I was interested in (or at least open to); every week brought new encounters and ideas; every semester required me to step up and deliver something unique and, if I was lucky, compelling. Seminars with my peers guaranteed that I got immediate feedback on half-baked and brilliant ideas. The insights of my peers pushed me to re-orient my own thinking. It felt rigorous AND communal. If you miss that intensity, or the knowledge that you are not working on your projects alone, maybe it's time to re-invigorate your professional network. OR, if you're getting ready to leave the ready-made community of graduate school for the wider world of…
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Groupwork: 5 Ways an Academic Mastermind Group Can Recharge Your Career

creative work, productivity
Do Mastermind groups, with their hot seats and business optimization strategies, sound squarely corporate to you? One of the things I've been learning during the last year and a half of transitioning out of academia and into the world of coaching and becoming a small business owner is that some of the tools and tricks of the business world deserve a second look by most academics. Even if the verbiage or the packaging don't resonate with you, the concepts behind a lot of leadership training have a lot to offer graduate students, professors, researchers, and writers of many stripes. Briefly, a Mastermind group is a small group of people (ten is probably too big) who come together to achieve their own personal and professional goals, relying on mutual support, inspiration,…
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