So you want to be a manager… a good one.

Being a good manager boils down to three points:  Communication, Knowledge, and Honesty.  They are vital - to have buy-in, to be productive, and to solve problems.  Effective managing is a balance between being professional and being human. Honesty.   No matter what level of management, you have to respect the hierarchy.  You are never the … Continue reading So you want to be a manager… a good one.

Stressed? Don’t let your job kill you…

Work can be stressful.  Sometimes a situation can be so horrible, it's incapacitating.  Men and women both perceive and deal with stress differently (see the attached article from WebMD).  But, both sexes need to focus on practical steps.  You are, after all, more than your job.  You deserve to live your life without debilitating stress. … Continue reading Stressed? Don’t let your job kill you…

Can’t swim. But, I’m in the pool.

I really can't swim.  My parents took me for swim lessons at the local YMCA when I was younger.  I remember my cute matching lion swimsuit, being in the wrong swim group, crying, and a shark.  Matching? My sister and I are two years apart and we were often dressed the same. She likes to … Continue reading Can’t swim. But, I’m in the pool.

Where do you start? How about Kindergarten.

I love reading inspirational quotes.  Every now and again, we all need them. They help renew our faith in life, love, and people.  They help put things into perspective.  They help bring meaning back into our lives.  This morning I read and shared a quote from Steve Harvey "There is Joy in the Journey".  I … Continue reading Where do you start? How about Kindergarten.

You’re not alone – when you are part of a team

You're not alone - when you are part of a team - though, sometimes, you may want to be. Teamwork is a popular concept.  During job interviews, the employer tries to figure out if you play nice with others.  When you are in school, you work in groups. Even at home, it's easier to get … Continue reading You’re not alone – when you are part of a team

Smile – even when you don’t want to: customer service

I love to people watch.  But not the creepy kind of people watching.  Just the people fascinate me kind of people watching. I was watching an episode of TNG and I laughed because Data's role in the episode was to be fascinated by people doing ordinary things.  That is so me. And that episode got … Continue reading Smile – even when you don’t want to: customer service

What Outreach means to me…

Outreach simply means reaching out to your community.  You don't have to leave your desk to connect with the community - but it helps. You don't need a bookmobile or a vehicle.  You don't even need to be a librarian. I have learned firsthand from some of my patrons - it is up to us … Continue reading What Outreach means to me…

How do you find it? Google. Oh Google.

Have you used Google? Go Google that! It's a company.  It's a noun.  It's a verb. In 2015, Google was reported to be worth over 350 billion dollars. Let's embrace it and learn how to use it properly. Google is very easy to use. You simply type in your keywords - then the world opens … Continue reading How do you find it? Google. Oh Google.

Need more job hunting tips? It can be overwhelming. Here are a few.

Based on my readings in 2015, there are overall 5 skills you need in finding a job in today’s market. You need to: Be an exceptional communicator – who listens and conveys information effectively both verbally and in writing. Be able to demonstrate analytical thinking – identify, review, improve, and streamline processes. Be computer literate … Continue reading Need more job hunting tips? It can be overwhelming. Here are a few.

How old are you? Take time to play, color, and have fun.

I believe in having fun - in everything I do. It helps with boredom, anxiety, and stress. It would be great to have adult playtime along side child playtime events at the library. Crafts, painting, book clubs, movies, coloring therapy.... why not? Sounds like fun and little stress. Go to your library, join an online … Continue reading How old are you? Take time to play, color, and have fun.

Searching for my ancestors. Aren’t you? Genealogy.

I have been helping patrons search for their ancestors for years. It is only recently I began my own search. My family is pretty easy when it comes to our heritage, right? Not really. I find I'm a step ahead because I know where to look. So, I thought I'd share some great resources I … Continue reading Searching for my ancestors. Aren’t you? Genealogy.

Here To Help

I offer advice and assistance to people on a daily basis.  And I kept thinking, I wish I could put my knowledge and resources in one logical place.  I love my library world.  I began as a library shelver on my 18th birthday, never stepping into a public library before.  I didn't know anything about … Continue reading Here To Help