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AALL Spectrum / November/December 2018 / Volume 23, Number 2

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SHELF LIFE What book or resource do you turn to for advice on growing your career or leadership skills? PRODEV RECS 1 MESSY: THE POWER OF DISORDER TO TRANSFORM OUR LIVES by Tim Harford (Riverhead Books, reprint edition, October 3, 2017). "It is easy to become frustrated with the con- stant change and disruptions that occur in our professional lives. This book taught me to embrace these disruptions because they actually can lead to creativity and better thought processes. Harford does an excellent job of providing examples in a variety of contexts to demonstrate how messiness can benefit leaders. Not every meeting, project, or workday needs to be organized and tidy. We need to realize that interruptions and chaos can force us out of our comfort zones and bring better results. Instead of becoming dis- couraged and stressed out, accept the messiness knowing that being flexible and resilient will make you a better leader." Thomas J. Striepe; Associate Director for Research Services; University of Georgia; Alexander Campbell King Law Library; Atlanta, GA UP FRONT 2 THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK: THE SCIENCE AND ART OF RECEIVING FEEDBACK WELL by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (Viking, 1 edition, March 4, 2014). "Feedback is everything and is often an important part of fig- uring out how to advance your career. Am I doing things right? How can I improve to get that other job/promotion? How do I become a leader (because you need to be able to both receive and give feedback as a leader)? This book breaks down why getting feedback can be so hard, how our brain processes feed- back, and it offers practical tips for becoming better at receiv- ing, and giving, feedback using examples from a wide range of personal and professional scenarios. The lessons are widely applicable and the book is incredibly useful." Taryn Marks; Faculty Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Research; University of Florida, Levin College of Law Legal Information Center; Gainesville, FL 3 CREATIVE CONFIDENCE: UNLEASHING THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL WITHIN US ALL by Tom Kelley and David Kelley (Currency, 1 edi- tion, October 15, 2013). "This book is a must-have for those looking to develop leadership skills. Creative confidence, as defined in this book, is 'a way of experienc- ing the world that generates new approaches and solutions.' I think this is the best mindset for think- ing about leadership. While the discussions about human-centric design-driven innovation and gaining empathy in a business context are valuable, this book is essential because of its major takeaway—you don't have to be a professional artist to be creative, you can just be a more creative lawyer, librarian, or leader who embraces an innovative culture and encourages the creative spark in those around you." Nicole P. Dyszlewski; Research/Access Services Librarian; Roger Williams University School of Law Library; Bristol, RI 4 QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain (Broadway Books, January 29, 2013). "I never minded being referred to as an introvert, but it wasn't until I read this book that I understood how valuable traits typical of intro- verts could be to developing my career. Quiet helped me under- stand how I work as an introvert and how to work better with those who are not. It has made me more confident to play to my strengths, rather than feel as if I have to go outside of my comfort zone to be successful. No matter where you fall on the introvert/ extrovert scale, this book will help you learn how to under- stand and work better with your colleagues." Theresa K. Tarves; Associate Director; Professor of Legal Research; Montague Law Library; Penn State Law; University Park, PA 8 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG Image © Feldcomm

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