Tag: Madame Storyteller

Open Access Tenure: Professional Service

I have a couple new lines on the service section of my CV that I thought might interesting to share with you as well as an update on what’s currently underway.  Service is a third of how I will be reviewed for tenure, though under our current norms it will not be part of the packet that is sent to the external reviewers as anything other than lines on said CV.

Service can include both internal university committees and external regional or national level committees.

If you see me in other places online, you know I’m in the middle of several search committees (Yay! We’re hiring!).  Two are winding down; two are midstream and these are taking a fair amount of time.  For each position there are resumes to read and evaluate,  phone interviews, in person interviews, conversations with colleagues, and search committee meetings.  Add the usual thought disruption of meetings that aren’t part of my ‘regular’ work and the amount of time dedicated to finding a new colleague can  be significant.

I’ve also just signed onto a campus level committee to be thinking about and discussing research data management on that level. This committee is chaired by my Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.  I’m not entirely sure what all our charge will entail but I’m looking forward to broadening the conversation.

I have also just been elected to the University Library FDAC Committee for work: the Faculty Development Allocation Committee. Each faculty member is allocated a certain amount of money that can be used towards research, continuing education, technology, etc at the beginning of the fiscal year. When I want to use some of that money, I send a request with an amount, relevant details, and a short (1-2 sentence) justification to the committee. They verify that it sounds reasonable and email me back with a “okay, go ahead” which I include in my request to the business office.  I haven’t had anything turned down so I’m not sure about the process for that. I’m interested to see how other people are spending their money, I’m always looking for new continuing education  ideas.

Externally to the University I have a new LITA Committee and one other entirely new venture.

For LITA, I’ve accepted a year long appointment on the Nominating Committee.  Our work, nominating candidates to run for the LITA Board and President (if I understand everything correctly) starts immediately and runs through elections opening next spring. Having the opportunity to be so closely connected to the next round of leadership for my division is very exciting! I heard from our chair a while back but I am not sure who all is on the committee. I hope to learn a lot from them very quickly. If you have any process questions that I can answer, please let me know and I will try to shed as much light as I can.

Newest and shiniest though is that I have accepted appointment as a Reviews Editor for the Journal of Collaborative Librarianship. I, with Barb Losoff, now have the responsibility to find items for review, recruit authors, edit the reviews and get them submitted in a timely fashion further up the editorial chain.

I’m thrilled to be working with JCL. It’s a Gold OA peer reviewed journal, no author fees if you’re curious.  I sat in on my first editorial meeting recently and the enthusiasm in the room and excitement about working with authors and getting things published was palpable-something that can be difficult to sustain five years into a project, as they are.

I hope this will prove an opportunity for my readers here as well. I need suggestions, ideas and I wouldn’t mind a few more people in my pocket to call on for reviews. We have the freedom to review whatever seems relevant: white papers, journal articles, books, videos, databases etc, all under the umbrella of how it provides collaboration opportunities. I know we’d like to see more from those not the usual suspects: small academic libs, public librarians*, school librarians.  I have initially suggested a couple of books that I would like to see reviewed and I’ll admit some selfishness in wanting to know how good the books are (I expect great) before I commit several hours to reading.

If you have thoughts, please let me know.

 

 

*<Ahem> Paging Madame Storyteller. Two words: Case Study. </Ahem>

Go North…

I hope it will reflect highly on my former coworkers that I point you at a couple of job ads at La Crosse Public Library.

They are hiring an archivist and an assistant circulation coordinator.  These are two very interesting positions: archives has some of the coolest people at LPL and the Queen of Reference (who now takes on the Queen of Public Services title) will be supervising the Assistant Circulation Coordinator.  These are new positions that will have a lot of opportunity for outreach in the community, growth professionally, and good people to work with.

If you have any questions I can answer about La Crosse or my experiences, I am always happy to do so. They were highly supportive during my time there and  when I was ready to leave for a new challenge, I did so with their support because of the many good experiences I’d had there and their understanding that professionals grow and change.

Bring it to La Crosse…

For anyone who was wondering, our Board approved replacement of my position.  That means if you’ve ever wondered about La Crosse, ever imagined tackling storytimes in the Boat, ever thought you’d like to work with Mesdames Director and Storyteller or the infamous Acquisitions Man…here’s your chance!

The formal job description is available here and I imagine will be or is going out to the usual job boards. Please share it around.

What can I tell you about La Crosse Public Library?

LPL is a vibrant resource library for both the La Crosse community, which uses us heavily, and for our system, which spans 90 miles and includes many smaller libraries.  We have a really great DVD and audiobook collection–I have not had nor felt the need for a Netflix account nor an Audible account.  ILL is solid. We have video games, graphic novels for kids/teens/adults, and I’m pretty proud of the chapter book collection.   We have an Archives and an Archivist. It’s a pretty good bet that if I send up a pleading email to the appropriate selector, the book or movie will be ordered (which is why we have the Smurfs and a couple of sock knitting books).

We’re a little tight for collection space, what library isn’t?  That being said, it’s bright and feels spacious.  There’s a huge basement to explore and there are secret storage areas that one feels could also lead to mysterious tunnels that are at the beginning of some adventure novel.  We have the Boat.  I’m sorry to say that I think with my departure the Chocolate Drawer will be no more, but not everything can stay the same.  We have a very nice staff room and it does not have a television in it–so it’s usually quiet!

There are people I have greatly enjoyed working with. I mention the Director, Head of Reference, and Head of Youth Services often enough right?  They have been wonderful sounding boards and always willing to share things from a more experienced perspective or just from the other side of the desk.  I don’t hear the word “no” often but when it comes it is with an explanation.  The transparency they have shared with me about library operations has been invaluable.

I am leaving a good place; my taking a new job is about being ready for different challenges.

What can I tell you about La Crosse?

La Crosse is a beautiful town on the banks of the Mississippi. Yes, it gets really cold in the winter; hot and humid during the summer. We see a temperature swing of about 100 degrees between mid-March and mid-July.  You will need a 3/4 length down coat, wool socks, and a really fabulous hat. That being said, they know how to handle snow removal and I’ve only been unable to get myself to work on two days in three years.

It’s a wonderful family town. We have good schools and a strong community that really focuses on families.  Festivals seem to happen every weekend between May and October, many of them several day events with dancing, music, kids shows, beer tents, ethnic foods and crafts. The public library is good ;).  We have a community college that is overflowing with students, a popular UW campus and a private Catholic university here.  There are two major hospitals. There are a lot of churches and community organizations.  Decent music and theater scene.  We’re a small hub for conferences and get a lot of national tours through on a one-night/one-weekend appearance.

There’s an airport and Amtrak.  You connect either through Minneapolis (Delta) or Chicago-O’Hare (American).  It’s a 3 hour drive to the Twin Cities; 2.5 to Madison; 5 to Chicago. There are five yarn stores in about 45 minute radius, possibly more now…

La Crosse is a good green/eco/outdoors destination. If you like hiking/camping/trails/nature/gardening–definitely consider coming up to La Crosse.  There are many freely available trails (talk to MVC and HPT), there are places to rent snowshoes, and we have Mt. La Crosse skiing. There’s a Food Co-op and plentiful farmers markets. Many people bike though we don’t have bike lanes.  Madame Storyteller reminds me that the region has been known for it’s commitment to organic and locally grown foods since the sixties.

You will need a car. There is a bus system but the timing is sketchy and the downtown drop-off is a bit of a walk from the library.

I’m happy to answer questions, my email is on my About Me page–which I need to update with a non-braces picture and my new work information. 🙂

And now….the to do list.

One of the first things that happened after I started this blog in July 2006 was that I announced to my place of work that I was leaving and relocating to Chicago (gee, sounds familiar doesn’t it).  Specifically I said “If you want your workload doubled–tell your job that you’re moving.”  While that’s not quite the case here, it’s daunting how much I need to finish up before I am packed into a truck and heading 5 hours that way.*

Wednesday, I told the world at large.  I’d sworn my immediate department on Tuesday to 18 hours of silence and knowledge–including on the internet. They all were diligent and held their tongues.  Everyone has been very gracious and enthusiastic so far, tempered with a bit of sadness, on both sides.

Now…now things really start happening.  Madame Storyteller and I started on a serious list on Tuesday evening and by COB Thursday I no longer had any storytimes.  Madame Storyteller is taking Wee Reads, including, sniffle, a patron I’ve had since my first storytimes at LPL.  I haven’t called that mom yet to tell her.  Overdrive went to our Reference Queen and we had that meeting on Wednesday.  I’ll spend out the acquisitions budgets for this year but I’ve started handing over selection tools to three people taking on my ordering responsibilities.

Over lunch I gave notice to the Office Manager for my apartment building.  She and I have worked quite well together through her seeming-ever-rotating office help.  We discussed details, when I’d get my security deposit, what I needed to take care of before I left (e.g. I have to have the carpets professionally cleaned because of Gypsy).

This morning was my regularly scheduled six month dental appt.  After sharing the news with him and indulging in some wishful thinking that he and his wife (my other dentist–they have a joint practice) would pack up and come with me, I hopped down the hall to my orthodontist’s office (same building–so easy!).  I caught him at a random free moment and filled him in on the details.  Before I could hardly blink he was talking about a debanding appointment and about three breaths later I was in a chair where they’d had a canceled appt and getting another minor adjustment.  Keep in mind that originally we were talking about debanding in February.  When I left the office I had four orthodontic appointments scheduled into the next twelve days.  And then I went back to my dentist.  He’d expressed that there were a couple things that needed to be done once I got the braces off and since they’ll be off before I go–I’d rather have him do it.  It’s a shame I can’t knit really in the dental chair–they don’t mind if I read while I’m waiting the Novocaine to set in but they frown on sharp pointy sticks held by people not actually working there.

I’ve resigned from the Three Rivers Knitting Guild and I’ll resign from the La Crosse Kiwanis Board on Monday, the group on Tuesday. I have to change over passwords and contact accounts but this time–all of that is in a central location and our President-Elect knows how to get to it!  Online shared spreadsheets FTW!

I’m working on new hire paperwork for UIC, all electronically.  As I need to set up things like direct deposit and such, that meant a new bank account. I really like the bank I have here (not the old one, the new one) but they don’t have a branch in Chicago.  I didn’t order checks, so I’ll have to ask about how I get my routing numbers.  I expect they’ll email me something about that in the morning.  Have I mentioned how much I like living in the future where we can set up a bank account at midnight and know that by the time I get to my email in the morning whatever details I need taken care of will be in process?

And now of course I have to answer the truly difficult questions

  1. Can I read 1 National Geographic a day so I can recycle the backlog and not have to move it?
  2. Why on earth do I have this much body wash/scrub/lotion?
  3. Do I have time to make 8 new pair of pajama pants, 14 shawls, 10 pairs of socks, and put together 5 scrapbooks in the next three weeks?  (The need to craft is strong in me. And I have some flannel that I’d rather move as pajama pants as opposed to fabric.)
  4. Who inherits the knitting needle stash at work?

Friday’s another full day… Hedgehog has acquisition funds to spend.

*pointing vaguely south-east, wait, which way is north?

Hedgehog on the Move

It is with not a small amount excitement that I announce that I’ve accepted a new position.

I’m moving back to Chicago to join the Health Sciences Library at the University of Illinois, Chicago (Circle) Campus. I will be an Assistant Professor and Assistant Information Services Librarian.

*celebratory dance*

This will come with all sorts of new missions, goals and challenges.  It’s academic, tenure-track and I’m back full time with medicine. I’m very excited to get to be working with people I had the opportunity to meet during my interview and a few names I’ve seen around the medlib world.  My start date is December 1, 2010.

I’ve had a lot of help and support getting to this point.  Madame Director, Madame Storyteller, the Reference Queen, Warmaiden, Sir Shuping, Sibling-the-Elder, M, the Incredibly Patient Mother, the Blonde and Brunette, Vaa, Gypsy, Rudy, Rothman and many others have held my hand, helped me get ready, read cover letters, been references, listened to me, and just been there.  I would not be where I am without others belief in me.

My to do lists have just tripled as all of the “when I get time” stuff turns into “has to be done before…” but I hope to get to blog more–it’s been so hard keeping secrets about all this when I’ve been so excited.

Here I go!