Weekly Links

Great Links for Librarians: A Smörgåsbord of Inspiration

This general blah feeling can be unmotivating. Between the beyond-gloomy weather in Philadelphia and the sadness of not being at ACRL 2013, I’m in need of a little pick-me-up. You too? Great. Let’s do this.


Tiger is still not sure about this, but maybe these books and links can change his mind while providing some much needed recharging:

Steal Like an Artist: Short, powerful, and a kick in the butt. This book by Austin Kleon is based on a list of 10 things he wished he had been told when he started in the creative industry. Applicable to any job where innovation and creation happens.

5 Ways to Step Forward When You’re Scared to Death: Kick in the butt, part 2. The tl;dr version is that it’s OK to be scared; it’s not OK to let it stop you. This article helped me through the getting started portion of a major personal professional development plan. You can do [whatever it is that scares you] too!

Being a Librarian … 10 Years On: Joe Hardenbrook shares 10 quick bits of advice from his first 10 years as a librarian. Good advice for newbies and veterans alike.

A Culture of Optimism: I found this post third-hand on Twitter, and then vigorously nodded my head through all of it. I had lunch this week with another newer librarian, and we both struggle with the timbre of our workplace. In addition to being committed to stay optimistic ourselves, we now have some ideas for how to infuse the rest of the building with the same uplifting feelings.

Good Work Isn’t Enough: There’s no shortage of articles about the qualities successful people share, but Cognition takes on the issue as a challenge to check ourselves and our attitudes.

workisnotajob manifesto: “The world is your playground — not your prison.”

What’s inspired you lately?

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