Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

What do I do?

10Apr14

What got me started on this post was this article from INALJ (I need a library job) called 5 Things That People Don’t Realize Their Librarians Do. This is my year for public speaking. I’m sitting on a panel of library technicians at the 2014 Manitoba Libraries Conference called “What can you do with a Library Technician Diploma?” There […]


That was the title of the presentation Brenda and I did at the Ontario Library Association’s 2014 Superconference. Dana Schwarz, of the Ontario Association of Library Technicians kindly invited us to appear way back in June 2013 (they really plan a long time in advance!). At the time, Brenda was still living in Toronto and working […]


Computers in Libraries (CIL2013) is one of those conferences that I’ve always wanted to go to, but will probably never get to. View the archives of posts  here. I especially liked Metrics, Value and Funding with Rebecca Jones (from Dysart Jones) and Moe Hosseini-Ara (Markham Public Library). You can follow them on Twitter by either following @LibConf or the […]


Back to school

08Nov12

I recently did a presentation for the Marketing class in the library and information technology program at Red River College. I’m not the only library technician speaking to students: Shaunna Mireau’s post on Slaw references her visit to Grant MacEwan University. It’s great to have an opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences with students. I […]


Working as a solo in an organization with such dominant players as lawyers, I’ve come to realize that self-promotion is vital to my position’s continued existence. In academia it’s “publish or perish”. In a private firm, it’s not as necessary to publish completely original thought, but it doesn’t hurt to get some writing behind your […]


Disgraced politicians and tarnished reputations are on my radar lately. It’s on my mind lately as former Attorney General of Ontario Michael Bryant is rehabilitating his reputation in a tell-all book after his car was involved in killing a cyclist. Being trustworthy and trusting are components of a good reputation, according to Rick Powers. Powers […]


Legal Information Specialists : A Guide to Launching and Building Your Career. General Editor: Annette L. Demers. LexisNexis Canada, 2012. xxiii, 217 p. ; ISBN: 9780433468875, $75.00 At the CALL 2012 conference in Toronto this May, all attendees received a copy of this book. At the time, I glanced at it, and then set it aside, […]


A few days ago, Shaunna Mireau wrote a post on Slaw, Where do you work? Then I read a related post on Conversation Matters, The Hallways of Learning. What these two posts have in common is the idea of how the physical space you work in can change the way you do your work. (Thanks to […]


I loved this guest post on Letters to a Young Librarian. It’s so true! Having worked as a solo for almost 9 years, I wouldn’t change it for anything, but it totally depends on the individual. Not everyone wants the responsibility for making all the decisions (right and wrong) on all aspects of your library, or the difficulty […]


Brenda and I recently attended the Canadian Association of Law Libraries 2012 annual conference in Toronto. It was five days of intensive meetings, educational sessions, vendor demonstrations, networking and social events. I came home exhausted! So what did I get out of it? Well, I met face-to-face with people I’ve been working with on various committees. […]



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