Implementing Values: What we can learn from GitLab: Overview and Context

I had intended to write a single post related to GitLab and how it implements its values, because I was afraid that if I broke it up, I would end up using some of the same examples across the different posts, since a lot of what we do exemplifies more than one value, but in the end, I decided shorter posts would be better. Nevertheless, the series should be read as a single article broken up for publication purposes.

I wanted to write this post because after years of working in public services and similar organizations, GitLab was quite the culture shock, but in a good way. I wanted to share some of my experiences in the hopes that others can learn from how GitLab implements its values — collaboration, results, efficiency, diversity, iteration, and transparency (CREDIT) — that many organizations also value, but where some seem to struggle to implement them. Continue reading “Implementing Values: What we can learn from GitLab: Overview and Context”

Making the Choice: Personal over Professional

This is going to be a relatively short post, but as many people have been asking me why I am leaving my current position, I thought I might as well do a brief post about the whole thing.

TL;DR version: We’re moving and since my current position is not a remote/telecommute job, I am resigning.

For the fuller explanation, read on. Continue reading “Making the Choice: Personal over Professional”

Attempting to Prevent the Feeling of Unproductiveness Even When We Are Productive

This piece was originally published on February 15, 2017 as part of the The Human in the Machine publication project.

It seems it is not uncommon to finish a full day of work and feel completely unproductive. Sometimes I wonder if that’s simply a symptom of how we define what’s “productive”. Continue reading “Attempting to Prevent the Feeling of Unproductiveness Even When We Are Productive”

Better than Christmas Morning: Finding Your Motivation

This was originally posted on The Pastry Box on October 1. Unfortunately, for some reason it was not tweeted about, so I didn’t see that it had been published. Anyway, here it is re-published. Enjoy. Continue reading “Better than Christmas Morning: Finding Your Motivation”

Building Community by Providing Great Experiences

Over the weekend, I decided to change my theme from the WordPress TwentyThirteen to TwentyFifteen. I switched mainly because I wanted a more accessible theme, and also because I was getting tired of looking at the Thirteen one. Another nice feature was the menu and sidebar integration. It may actually take up more space, but it also forced me to re-evaluate what I thought was important and what I could simply leave out. (I now have 1 widget as opposed to 5.)

Anyway, that’s not the reason I’m writing. The reason for that is that over the weekend I found a bug, filed it, and it was closed in 22 hours! Continue reading “Building Community by Providing Great Experiences”

LibTechConf 2014: Agile Project Management and ITIL for Libraries

Presented by Andrew McAlorum

As a whole, libraries do a bad job of managing IT projects and services. Agile and ITIL are two sets of frameworks or methodologies that can help with that. Continue reading “LibTechConf 2014: Agile Project Management and ITIL for Libraries”

Access 2013: Culture Clash: IT Experimentation, Innovation, and Failure in Libraries

Dale Askey, Mark Jordan, Catherine Steeves, & MJ Suhonos

What is a culture of innovation? Continue reading “Access 2013: Culture Clash: IT Experimentation, Innovation, and Failure in Libraries”

Applying for Jobs is a Job in Itself, seriously.

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I am still amazed at the number of students, especially in library school that do not understand that applying for jobs is hard work and might as well be a part time job. So much of this will sound redundant or obvious to those who know what they’re doing, but I have been asked by a few people before what I’m doing to get jobs, so here are all my “secrets” spilled. Continue reading “Applying for Jobs is a Job in Itself, seriously.”

Looking Beyond the Library

Stuck in a Bubble?

So often working in a library, I feel like we’re stuck in the bubble that is the “library world”. While there are many aspects that are “special” to libraries or information/collection based organizations, so many aspects of librarianship are not: customer service, teaching, marketing/communications, space usage/design, web and IT services, etc. Yet for whatever reason, I find so many that are reluctant or never think to look outside the little bubble that we live in. Working in academic libraries, at least many people will think to expand into the higher ed world sometimes, but then stop there. Continue reading “Looking Beyond the Library”