Today is my last day at UC Santa Barbara. It has been an interesting few years and I’m grateful for the time I spent here. I learned a lot about administration and project management. If I had to pick one thing I enjoyed the most it would probably be our Three Millionth Volume Celebration. There were a lot of intricate parts and it was rewarding experience putting all the pieces together. I gave a short talk at the reception and I remember saying something like “The University loves to celebrate its athletes, but tonight we’re celebrating its artists.” That played well to the artsy/intellectual community.
I enjoyed working with my team and I wish them the best of luck going forward.
I was also very fortunate to meet Don Lubach who has become a great mentor to me. He taught me a lot about Student Affairs and email inbox management.
Next Up: Virginia Tech
After Thanksgiving I’ll be the Associate Dean for Learning & Outreach at the Virginia Tech Libraries. I’m excited to be back in the mid-Atlantic region and the ACC (until we join the SEC.) A fair portion of the job entails working with other administrators and faculty around campus to enhance the learning enterprise. At the core it’s about building and sustaining partnerships and that’s what ubiquitous librarianship is really all about. The Library has a good vision for the future and I’m excited to be a part of building that.
I’m also very inspired by VT’s INVENT THE FUTURE brand and this opportunity has reawakened my entrepreneurial spirit.
That said– this blog will be quiet for most of November, but I have a whole bunch of posts in the works for December. See you then.