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New job!

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Some of you may have noticed that this blog has been very quiet (at least, it was quiet until LISNews picked up a post!). But there has been very good reason for that (not just friendfeed!), reason I can now announce: I will be moving back to my alma mater and taking up the position of Learning Commons Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (in the famously underground Undergraduate Library affectionately know as UGL).

Over the course of the summer I had three campus interviews, for very different positions. And I had the rare experience of standing at a fork in the road and waiting to see which of two very different paths would be the one I would choose to walk. It was a great experience, and I wish I had been willing to blog about it at the time.

As I have begun the process of transitioning out of my current position I have realized how deeply I will miss Collection Development — not just the actual selecting of books (which I believe will be some small part of my new position) but the big theoretical side, the planning and organizing and thinking about what allocation decisions mean and the role of content in the library.

But I will be trading that for several valuable and exciting career elements:

  • the possibility of focus.
  • getting to think about information literacy in broad trans-disciplinary, non-disciplinary and pre-disciplinary ways. Outside of the classroom
  • Getting to think about and play with ways to cultivate critical thinking, and the library as the intellectual heart of campus in sustained ways — and manifesting that!
  • Getting to spend some quality time doing research — specifically researching the changing role of changing technologies in education and in students’ lives. Digital literacies, privacy implications, the effect of the blending of private/public/work/play on learning and libraries. That kind of thing.

I will also be working with some really amazing people. Which means great colleagues, exciting opportunities and some impressive new challenges. I can’t wait! And I hope you all stick around for the ride!

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7 thoughts on “New job!

  1. Congratulations. I’m incredibly happy for you and can’t wait to start reading about how you like your new job and how you’re adjusting to a different area of librarianship. Good luck and best wishes!

  2. Congrats! Sounds like a great position and an excellent opportunity. Looking forward to reading about it.

  3. That’s great news! Congratulations! I spent many an hour in the UGL when I was in Urbana, and am thrilled that so much great stuff is going on there. Those UIUC kids don’t know how lucky they are! :-) Enjoy the new job!

  4. Congratulations! I look forward to hearing about your new experiences! :)

  5. Yay! I’m so tickled for you. What a great spot for you and all of your energy!

  6. ROCK ON RUDI! I am so happy for you. This seems like such a perfect fit and I know you will excel there. YEAH!!!

  7. Congratulations!

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