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I didn’t think I would miss work but I find that I do miss it. It will be pleasant to be back in my two very different libraries. I have some new ideas to try out, and current projects to continue.

These last two weeks taking concentrated classes at SU have been crazy and fun and a lot of effort. I’ve met many future librarians and some current librarians that I would be happy to see again. It still amazes me how encouraging and helpful librarians are to library students. Someday I’ll get a chance to pass on the favor.

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Just finished seven straight days of classes, most days with classes from 9 to 5 . That’s a lot of information, it feels like I’m swimming in bits and pieces of library stuff. Questions, Google Images, adapting to change, standards, EAD, new technology, digital libraries, Contentdm, creativity, Mets object, teamwork, they’re all in the mix. It will be a sweet sleep when I get home, but that’s a week from now. Now I think about tomorrow when I start my next class. I’ll let the themes surface on their own.

A few thoughts taken from the gateway class I’ve attended the past two days:

Creativity comes with a lot of tries and many failures. Note to self: punish inactivity, not failure or success (courtesy of David Sutton’s article, “The weird rules of creativity” ) I sometimes think that I, and others as well, routinely punish even the possibility or hint of failure, and that is such a barrier to personal growth and innovation. To modify what my Saturday friend Garrison Keiller says,  “the children have to be above average.” If Edison saw failure as an act of improving and making an invention better, I, and others often see it as personal. Which comes to a silly existential question, but that I’ll leave for another time…

Remember your audience. When you present a proposal or solution, ask yourself,  “What would motivate my audience (insert Director, Board of Trustees, etc here) to support this proposal?” Don’t assume that they share the same priorities. After all, their job has a different title.

Encouragement costs little and gains much.

Maybe I like teamwork after all.

Library people love talking about libraries.

I’m happy with the practicality of classes so far. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve contained plenty of theory, but have plenty of applications in real life time. For the Mondays of life, here’s looking at you, kid, cheers!

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