Man, oh man, it’s been a busy month.
I’m installed in my new job as Head of the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons, and am busy getting to know my new phone, computer, colleagues, and responsibilities. This is a start-up library in a newly-renovated facility, so we’re building from the ground up. It’s exciting and fun and at times exhausting, and I feel very lucky and grateful to be doing it.
At the same time, I’m getting ready for ALA Annual in Anaheim, where (as luck and long-range planning would have it) I’m presenting a preconference with my esteemed friends and colleagues Anne-Marie Deitering and Rachel Bridgewater. Ours is the one titled “Instruction 2.0: Building Your Online Instruction Toolkit.” It’s going to be a full day of talk and play about why 2.0 is different from 1.0, and what this means for online instruction in libraries. (And really any kind of instruction–but we’re struggling against scope creep!)
In other news, I’ve changed the title of my blog from “E-Learning Librarian” to just plain old “Learning Librarian.” Because while my focus may have shifted slightly (I’m still interested in online instruction, but now I’m also thinking about videoconferencing, learning space design, and carpet tiles vs. broadloom), I’m pretty sure I’ll always be learning. In all of my jobs so far, learning has been a constant. And that makes me happy.