We completely forgot that it was St. Patrick's Day. That meant the kiddo went off to daycare not wearing the "wee little troublemaker" shirt her grandparents sent. D'oh! We're going to make her wear it tomorrow.
I will be speaking next week at the Computers in Libraries Conference on remote productivity and leadership.
The pandemic pushed many libraries and organizations to pivot quickly to remote work. Remote work and leadership are vastly different from the traditional office experience. An alternative set of skills are necessary to lead a productive remote team. It takes a balance of technology, management, and empathy. In this session, I will share best practices for remote leadership that encourage collaboration and camaraderie. She will also discuss tools and techniques that foster productivity including popular tools like Trello, Evernote, Bullet Journals, and more. Additionally, the session will cover techniques, like the Pomodoro and Getting Things Done methods. The session will show techniques and processes for integrating these tools and activities into your leadership and management to help create strong and productive remote teams.
To register and learn more, visit the CIL website.
There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow which is just rude after the beautiful week of weather we had. I guess that's why this comic about the DC area's 12 seasons feels so funny and true.
I've been in this area for almost two decades and those first hints of spring when the crocuses pop up always make me so happy. They're little flowers but they're just so cheerful and hopeful. Flowers are one of life's simple pleasures that I relish. I love spotting flowers in our neighborhood and getting bouquets for our home. Once this cold snap passes, I will be walking the streets of our neighborhood and snapping pictures of everything that blooms.
I think you can tell by my searches that I am itching to make plans for the future. I got to pre-register for the vaccine this week and I am eagerly anticipating my eventual arm jab.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
I put myself on the wait list for this at the library nearly a year ago. Due to all the attention anti-racist books have received, it only arrived a few days ago. I'm two chapters in and I can see why this book makes people uncomfortable. One - it was designed to do that. Two - it's asking white people to take a good hard look at themselves and it forces people to admit things they don't want.
As a white, cis-gendered woman working at an HBCU, I know I have to be even more cognizant of my own biases and internalized racism. It's not a comfortable act, but it's important to learn so that we grow and improve.
It may be spring break at our University, but I'm still working. This is a nice interlude of time to focus on things unrelated to library instruction and public outreach. Also, the library never closes. We know that some faculty and students continue to work when there are no classes. We are here to support them however we can.
Here are the major projects currently holding my attention. (Trying a touch of a new format this week.)
Finally, does avoiding doing my taxes count as a project? It should. Those are taking up a lot of mental real estate in my head. I should just do them and get it over with.
This was one of those weeks were I was like, "Awesome! I don't have that many meetings! I can work on so many things."
And then, the things, they somehow did not get as far along as I wanted. I swear lighter weeks end up being black holes of intentional productivity. I got stuff done but not what I intended to get done.
Fairly certain most of my search power went towards tracking down where my kid hide her hair ties every day. Better that than her milk cup.
Here's what I looked up this week.
Spring Break may be next week. I wish I could say that means I'm getting an easier week, but I'll be focusing on all the projects I want to wrap up this month.
This title ended up on my TBR because someone introduced me to the Accidentally Wes Anderson Instagram. I love looking at pretty pictures.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.