Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

Be Bad First!

August 27, 2016

This is the title of a book by Erika Andersen who was the opening keynote speaker at this year’s Special Libraries Association Annual Conference.  The subtitle of the book is “Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future.”  Erika provided an excellent keynote by explaining the new need to learn and to get to the “mastery” stage  as quickly as possible. She identified four skills of mastery:

  • Aspiration — wanting something you don’t currently have.
  • Neutral self-awareness — knowing where you’re starting from and understanding your strengths and weaknesses (in an unbiased way)
  • Endless curiosity — explore and explain, understand and master.
  • Willingness to be bad first — we must be able to embrace the return to the “novice” stage as we learn new things.

Great food for thought.  Time to continue learning new things!


It’s All About Your Attitude!

May 11, 2016

Several years ago, I ran across a book (Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude: How to Find, Build, and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of Success) and was intrigued enough to purchase the book.  Unfortunatly, I started reading, and for whatever reason, put it down and never finished.   A quotation crossed my desk today: “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react.” (John Maxwell) and it reminded me of Jeff’s book and I realized the “how I react” is all about attitude.  So, my new plan is to slowly work my way through Jeff’s book again and see if I just might be able to put these principles into action in my life.  I have always considered myself a fairly positive person (despite having become a bit “jaded” through the course of a twenty-five year career in law enforcement), but I am also firmly believe that one can always do better.

Here are a couple more quotations that support this notion . . .

“You become what you think about all day long.”  (Earl Nightingale)

“It’s your thoughts behind the words you speak that create your attitude.”  (Jeffrey Gitomer)

Jeff begins his book with a definition for “positive attitude” — “the way you dedicate yourself to the way you think.”  He goes on to point out that this is the exact same definition for a negative attitude . . . the decision is yours.


Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

Value of the Library?

August 14, 2015

With the new semester just about to start, here is an interesting infographic (courtesy of Cengage Learning) that compares the student versus instructor feedback on the library and students’ research skills.


Are You a Google Power User Yet?

April 12, 2015

If not, then it is definitely time to do so.  Here’s an infographic (courtesy of that gives you some great tips and tricks on how to get the most our of Google that you can.


Emotional Intelligence!

August 22, 2014

I read this book (Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman) several years ago and just recently discovered that several leadership competencies had been identified for each of the four fundamental EI capabilities.


  • Emotional self-awareness
  • Accurate self-assessment
  • Self-confidence


  • Self-control
  • Trustworthiness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Adaptability
  • Achievement orientation
  • Initiative

Social Awareness

  • Empathy
  • Organizational awareness
  • Service Orientation

Social Skills

  • Visionary leadership
  • Influence
  • Developing others
  • Communication
  • Change catalyst
  • Conflict management
  • Building bonds
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Here’s a link to a more in-depth look at these competencies (from the book Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (by Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee).

A Cynic’s View of Education!

July 26, 2014

Yes, I will be the first to admit that I have a well-developed level of cynicism in my life.  Perhaps this is why I really enjoy my occasional meanderings through The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.  This book provides just enough humor to allow you a brief respite from the realities of the day.  Here is a cynical look at education . . . enjoy!

“The inculcation of the incomprehensible into the ignorant by the incompetent.”  (Josiah Stamp)

“What remains after we have forgotten everything we’ve been taught.”  (George Savile)

“Something that demonstrates to you how little other people know.”  (T.C. Haliburton)

“A method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.”  (Laurence Peter)

“Learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”  (Daniel Boorstin)

All Hail, Ranganathan!

July 13, 2014

I know this isn’t “throwback Thursday,” but allow me to indulge in a reminiscent walk down memory lane from the long past days of library school . . . I can still remember when I first heard the name of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan in Dr. Haynes course on cataloging . . . here is an infographic (courtesy of  USC Online) to help us remember (and appreciate) Ranganathan’s five laws of librarianship.  They still apply today, but as you’ll see at the bottom of the infographic, Michael Gorman (then President of the American Library Association) revised them a bit back in 1998.   Enjoy!

Source: USC Online

Calling All “Bard of Avon” Fans!

February 11, 2014

20140204_155125Do you love Shakespeare?  If so, then it is time to start planning your trip (a summer vacation, perhaps?) to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from July 26th through August 2nd (in Ashland, Oregon).  This year marks the 7th year of Northeastern State University’s sponsorship of this trip.  Join NSU-Broken Arrow Professor Dr. John Mercer for a full week of Shakespeare and theatre that will leave you yearning for more.

The plays already on the schedule include:

  • The Comedy of Errors
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Tempest
  • Richard III
  • The Cocoanuts (Marx Bros.)
  • The Great Society
  • A Wrinkle in Time

For more information (and all of the pesky details), check out this informational LibGuide.  But don’t wait too long, the first deposit is due in six weeks (March 25th).

The next time you find yourself on the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University, please stop by and visit the library and check out their Oregon Shakespeare Festival display (pictured here).

Some Chemistry Fun!

November 12, 2013

Question: what do you get when you combine lithium, bromide, argon, and yttrium?
Answer: all of the “elements” required for you to succeed in your academic career.


This image (bumper sticker) is courtesy of the American Chemical Society (ACS).