Author Archives: Matt Timko

About Matt Timko

Matt Timko is the Academic Technologies and Outreach Services Librarian at Northern Illinois University’s David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library. He is also an assistant professor, teaching Basic Legal Research to the first year students. In addition to Matt’s teaching, technology, and outreach roles, he is also a reference librarian, assisting students, faculty, and the public.

How to Stop Time Theft

Planning for classes is ALWAYS time consuming. Every year, I reorganize my course at least nominally, in addition to adjusting my strategies for presenting information. Other lecture topics are relatively static and don’t require much substantive updating; except when relying … Continue reading

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The Value of Meetings

Meetings are a part of life no matter whether we are at our actual or virtual offices. In many cases it may feel like the number of meetings increases when working virtually. This may be due to the fact that … Continue reading

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Where’s the Stress?

December is always an ambivalent time for me. The end of the month marks a break after a long semester and a time of relaxation. But before then, this time of year always reminds me of hours and hours in … Continue reading

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The Calming Influence of the Profession

I have never been one to succumb to stress for too long. Often, overwhelming stress will bring me down for an hour or a couple, but then realizing I have control over my work product will fill me with a … Continue reading

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Is there still a Weekend?

If you’re like me, you have lost all conception of time and space. At the beginning of the pandemic (which still feels in many ways like only last month…) I followed all the advice to maintain a schedule to keep … Continue reading

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