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!