Category Archives: Work

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.” #choosekind

Pace got this book for Christmas last year. (One of my favourite things about being a librarian is being able to share books with him that I already love!) I briefly thought about writing a bit about how fascinating it is to see the different ways that Pace is learning about everything from bullying to […]

“I feel like an idiot. I vastly misunderstood how a library card works for years.”

This is a pretty funny /r/books thread on Reddit from a guy who knew that library cards were free but thought that there was still a charge for the actual lending of books! 🙂 It sounds funny but there are lots of examples where libraries don’t always do as good of a job as we should […]

Friday Fun Link – What Screams Upper Middle Class?

[Edit: This post started as a way for me to share what I thought was an interesting Reddit post.  But then I had the idea to use it to talk about whether I found it interesting was because I identified – and was slightly embarrassed by – many of the points it raised. Re-reading this […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – First Branch Staff Meeting (October 2013)

This photo of my first staff meeting after coming to Regent Place branch is from only a few years ago but it’s pretty amazing that only three of the eleven (four of twelve if you count me on the other side of the camera) still work at the branch. Four have retired, one went to […]

Throwback Thursday – #tbt – Hippie Hippie Hooray (September 2016)

This isn’t from too long ago – about a year ago – but I was thinking about some of my favourite memories from my time as a Branch Head at Regent Place branch and this is one that jumped to mind – we had a “Retro Anniversary” party for the branch last fall to celebrate […]

10 Reasons Why Taking A Seasonal Camp Site Led To Me Having One of the Best Summers of My Life!

It could’ve easily gone the other way. If we’d had a rainy summer, if we had neighbours who played loud rap until all hours of the morning (nothing against rap – just not my idea of campground music), if we hadn’t been able to get out to our site as much as we did, if […]

Friday Fun Link – People Share Their Favourite Work Email Snark Phrases

I admit to both sending and receiving many of these over the years. 🙂

10 Things I’ve Dealt With In Libraries That Aren’t Covered in Library School

Bat removal Poop on floor in public area (child) Poop  on floor in washroom (adult) Blood splattered across entire bathroom A kid’s Easter egg but full of drugs Arguments over $0.30 fines People who say “I pay your salary!” People who are *really* concerned about delays in getting their items on time.  (I’m talking “evil […]

Four for Four!

  Today marked the opening of the newest Regina Public Library branch, the Albert Branch which has moved into the Mâmawêyatitân Centre, an integrated facility offering numerous services to the community. And I was fortunate to once again be able to visit the branch on its opening day – just as I did for the other […]

The Opiod Crisis Is So Bad That Librarians Are Learning To Deal with Drug Overdoses

This article is from the US and talks about libraries in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco but I know firsthand that librarians and library workers across Canada and right here in Regina regularly deal with people who are drunk, on drugs, or occasionally even actively using on library premises in washrooms or elsewhere. It presents […]