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Earthquake weather

It’s a beautiful, warm October day here in the Bay Area. And yet, I have to admit, that warm autumn days can sometimes give me a slight sense of foreboding, because they remind me of the seasons when we’ve had […]


Have you done any sustainability planning? While it’s true that a number of granting agencies now include requirements for this kind of planning, what’s really the driving force for many of us is that our institutional homes are now asking […]

Business continuity

This last week we had a small lesson in business continuity here at CDL. Our home is in Oakland, California, and our city was disturbed on Thursday by civil unrest ( The University of California Office of the President (UCOP) […]

Collaborative and Agile?

At CDL, we like to say we are collaborative and innovative by nature, because we were formed in 1997 out of the UC libraries’ tradition of working together to do things that could not be done by a single library […]

3 Ways to be More Effective in Giving and Receiving Feedback

Unless you’re an art student or critic, giving and receiving feedback probably isn’t a formal part of your daily routine.  The interaction can be stressful and contentious, regardless of whether you are the giver or receiver.  Is it any wonder […]

Learning from mistakes

Earlier this month we marked the 104th anniversary of the San Francisco Earthquake ( The anniversary brought to my mind the confluence of Mother Nature and human nature. In this event, just as with Iceland’s spectacular ash cloud(s), we are witness […]

A habit of resilience

I’ve been reading an article in the January/February issue of Harvard Business Review (HBR), “How to Bounce Back from Adversity.” If you have access to HBR online, here’s a link. The freely available Idea in Brief is here. Based on old […]