Book Review–How to be Everything

book review, education
Emilie Wapnik, author of How to be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to be When They Grow Up, is the creative director at the internet's "home for multipotentialites," I heard her interviewed on a podcast and checked out the book. I did this less because I feel like I'm a multipotentialite and more because what I heard in the interview made it sound like Emilie--a millennial--was tapping into not only a certain type of worker (the person who can't pursue just one thing, or who refuses to accept the notion that each person has "a thing") but also into the current way of doing work. We have all read the statistics about the future of work: average people will switch jobs multiple…
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Book Review–The War of Art

book review, creative work
You've probably heard of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art. Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. (2002) And if you haven't, never fear, this short review is here to help. Before I get there, though, you might want to know that Pressfield wrote The Legend of Bagger Vance, is a former Marine, and was made an honorary citizen of Sparta, Greece. Take from the above: Golf Marines Spartan warrior ethos Add in: William Blake Angels Muses Don't forget: Actual time doing the work and overcoming Resistance. And you've got Pressfield's recipe for overcoming your creative blocks. He's not alone. Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich from the 1930s and Rhonda Byrne's The Secret from 2006 both cover some of the same territory. Pressfield occupies a singular…
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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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BOOK REVIEW: Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing!

book review
When I began my big career transition out of academia and into my post-academic life, I read a zillion books. Just like when I was pregnant (the first time), and when I was training for a marathon, and when I began parenting toddlers, my motto was: every project requires a textbook. For my career-change project, I checked books out of the library that covered finding the work that works for you, mid-life career transitions, re-entering the workforce, etc. I believe strongly in the power of a good story to motivate people and know that it is easier for me to keep my eye on the prize (a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery, an 8-minute mile, or a job to keep me motivated and inspired) when I know there are others…
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