August 25, 2010
Every story comes to an end. I haven’t been posting much at all because life and work have totally trumped blogging. I wish I could have found more time to write about the library-related thoughts that have been swirling around in my head these past few months, but I just didn’t have it in me. For this reason, and another that I shall reveal in a moment, I have decided to end Circ & Serve. I really feel strongly about ending something once it feels like it is over, and really with the lack of new content here, this is over.
The other reason behind this decision: I am very pleased to announce that I have accepted the position as Assistant Dean of the University Library at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. I begin my new position there on October 1st. My last day at NCSU Libraries is September 3rd.
This was a difficult decision to make as I have enjoyed my time at NCSU. The four years I’ve spent here have been an incredible learning experience. I learned something every day from every person I had the good fortune to work alongside. It is an incredible library and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I had while here.
I am tremendously excited about joining the library at Pacific. I loved everything I felt and saw while there. The campus community is incredible. The library is doing fantastic work and is committed to providing the best services possible to students, faculty, staff and the community. My new colleagues have gone out of their way in making me feel welcome and I can’t wait to begin collaborating with them. While my work will still involve oversight of access & delivery services, my portfolio will expand and I “will work with University Library administration, staff, and faculty in the development and implementation of effective management strategies and innovative collections, services, and programs, across all areas of the Library, to provide the best user-centered environment for the Pacific Community.” I am thrilled.
So, I’m moving to California! Which is something I never, ever thought would happen, but in less than a month all of my belongings will be packed up and on a truck heading west. It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m grateful to again have a wonderful opportunity.
Thank you to everyone who has read this blog and who have inspired it. Thank you to everyone who I’ve met at conferences or meetings and have talked access services with these past 4 years. And a big thank you to my staff and colleagues who have made me a better manager, leader and person than I was when I took this position 4 years ago.
I have been working in libraries for 11 years, 10 of those have been in access services and 8 of them have been as a department head. I am very happy and looking forward to taking this next step in my career. I’m sure it will be full of surprises and learning experiences!