Friday, October 24, 2008

Colleen Has a New Job

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's official. As of January 5, 2009, I will leave my position as reference & instruction librarian here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and take up my new position as Assistant Head of Access & Delivery Services at North Carolina State University.

Give me a moment as I say Woo!

Setting aside the unfortunate - but funny - moniker of AssHead, this is a great opportunity. NCSU Libraries are known for not just treating their employees well, but for implementing cutting-edge services, and I'm looking forward to being a part of that. The Head of ADS is Mary Carmen Chimato, who is generally recognized as a big bucket of awesomesauce in library services, and I'm excited to get to work with her. Susan Nutter has made great strides in making the NCSU Libraries a priority for the university. I'll get great management experience and be able to work with a team of active, engaged library folks. I also hear that Raleigh and NC in general are wonderful places to be as a young professional. All around, this is a huge opportunity for me, and I'm thrilled about it.

On the other side, I'm sad to be leaving UTC. This has been the best library system I've worked for to date, with a group of staff that are truly a team, providing excellent service while faced with a declining resource pool. The year-plus that I've spent here have been the most productive of my career, and they've been the most pleasant. having worked in a few environments at this point, I can say that one as supportive, as funny, and as flexible as the one we have at Lupton Library is extraordinarily rare, and I'm reluctant to leave it behind. It has been a real treat to work with the folks here, and I hope I run into them often during my future in LibraryLand.

For now, though, amidst various deadlines for papers and journal articles, I will be flipping out about finding an apartment (which is already mostly done), moving, figuring out how to get a new license and plates, and everything else that goes along with getting settled somewhere new. I'll be here in Chattanooga until late December, and in Raleigh shortly thereafter. If you're in the Raleigh area, be sure to holler at me, since I need to make new friends!


Bridget said...

Congratulations on the job! That is awesome! I'm a little jealous that you'll be living in Raleigh. My best friend lives there and I've wanted to possibly move there since she moved four years ago. But, I love my job, so that's not in the works at the moment.

I think you will LOVE it. There are some cool bars to hang out at and for the most part, the people are pretty friendly.

Good luck with the move!

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Drew said...

Congratulations, C! I know that was a long tough decision for you. I hope the new job rocks the khasbah for you!

Lisa said...

Congrats on your new position. I've been in my first professional position for a year, love my library, hate the location so I'll be looking to move on soon. Your success gives me hope that I can move to a more desirable location and up the career ladder.

techtwister said...

Congrats on the position Colleen! It's been a while since we last visited, but just wanted you to know I'm still following your blog and wish you the best of luck! I know you'll do AWESOME!

Tom said...

Congratulations! If it's any consolation, some of us were already referring to you as an asshead, so the transition should be fairly seamless.

Colleen said...

Thanks everybody - and thanks Tom ;)

Benita said...

Congratulations on your new job!
Be sure to look up Karen Letarte and Veronica Walker when you get there if you haven't already. They both used to work at UK :)

Raleigh is great! I'm a little biased, though since I'm North Carolina is my home state.