Hit the Links: New Year New You and My Favorite Things

2014 happens Wednesday. Are you ready? I think I’ve accomplished a lot this year – and hope to do more next year. Here’s some links to get us all started:

Use the library to help fulfill those New Year’s resolutions. What skills have you been meaning to learn?

Hack Library School has A Library Student’s New Year’s Resolution List. What else would you add to her list?

Here’s 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Librarians. These are more for public/small libraries, but we could probably all improve our marketing.

LibrarianShipwreck has a lengthy post on What Will 2014 Bring for Libraries? 

And here are some of My Favorite Things that may also help with your resolutions:

Tackle your workplace and job issues by reading Alison Green’s Ask A Manager. This is my favorite blog, hands-down. Alison has practical, real-world advice.

Do you wish you were a better speaker/presenter? You should check out Toastmasters. I’m an officer at Twilite Toastmasters in Tempe and love it. Toastmasters are friendly, club meetings are fun, and I love improving my speaking skills and helping others improve. Find a club and drop in anytime, they’re everywhere.

What are your resolutions in 2014?

I resolve to watch less Netflix. Just kidding! I’m a homebody and Netflix is my bestie. But I do resolve to continue to improve my speaking skills and to finish my second masters: an M.Ed in Instructional Design.

Hit the Links: Of Open Offices, Millennials, and Language

It’s the holidays. Who’s got time to write thoughtful blog posts? Here’s other stuff to read instead:

What is the Digital Public Library of America? Hint: they’re not a preservation service.

When headphones just won’t cut it: Here’s How to Survive in an Open Office Plan.

Let’s cut back on the millennial criticism. Here’s Why Time’s Millennials cover story says more about Joel Stein than it does about Millennials.

The way we talk is evolving. We’re all using language differently now, because internet culture.

The Colorado Library Consortium knows how to write a clever job ad. Hope the work culture is half as fun as the job description.

The life of an adjunct is rough. Here’s why adjunct professors don’t just find other jobs.