Category Archives: The World We Live In

Impact, promotion and press releases

Summer is Impact Factor (IF) season. Publishers, societies, and journal editors the world over anxiously await the outcome of the latest version of the Thomson Reuters® Journal Citation Reports (JCR). Will their journal IFs have increased or decreased? How will they … Continue reading

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Experiment like a mad scientist

I am…annoying…unattractive…anxious…sad…lonely… ( _____ fill in your adjective here!) See Dr. Todd Kasdan’s exercise in this TEDx video to disassociate the thinker from the not-too-productive thought! Dr. Todd Kashdan’s very excellent TEDx talk Becoming a Mad Scientist With Your Life … Continue reading

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Assembling Your Childhood or Lego’s Don’t Explode

I am blessed, with joy and fun, to have two sons. This allowed me to buy Lego’s for every Christmas and birthday for years (and still does!) I looked forward to the Lego Movie, but found angst amidst my glee. … Continue reading

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Writer’s block?

It’s been too long since I have written a blog post. I can blame the cold, cold winter (yeast won’t rise and Polar Vortex, you know?) I can blame getting a new computer (and what is up with Windows 8? … Continue reading

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Life’s punches

Roll with the punches, my Dad always said. We would laugh.  Dad’s always say funny stuff over and over and over again. Now I begin to understand my Dad was saying it to himself, as much as to us. Remember … Continue reading

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Change and serendipity

I realized this week that I want no part of this change that I have been managing for more than a year. I have been preaching to my staff that closing a library is bad and sad, but maybe also … Continue reading

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Freedom according to Chaucer

According to my favorite (now online) reference tome…OED…it is time for reading and walking. Closing. moving, and consolidating libraries will have to wait. Vacation n. Freedom, release, or rest from some occupation, business, or activity. c1386 Chaucer Wife of Bath’s … Continue reading

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Year-end review OR twice in two days…

As we wrap up this academic year, I am evaluating this academic year by ideas, not by closing a library. My choice! It’s been a tough year…but the ideas survive and nourish a tired brain. One of the biggest trends … Continue reading

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No Comfort Zone

Where did I ever come up with the idea that there might just be a day at my job where I was comfortable? It is never going to happen. Almost four years ago, we moved to the DC area. A … Continue reading

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Back to RSS

This very busy Fall semester, I barely keep up reading my daily email alerts from ASEE First Bell, Inside Higher Ed, Wired Campus  and Scholarly Kitchen.  I become increasingly anxious every day as I scan the headlines – the death … Continue reading

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