That was then, that was that, that is gone
In January I was notified that my career as a librarian in service to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) was ending by April 30th. My year-to-year librarian contract was not being renewed, and the work I was doing would be a professional staff (not librarian) position for the last year of the five year contract.
I couldn’t choose so I did both meanings of FEAR at once: I put this all behind me every time I ran while training for a local 15K race in order to have a decent finish time (11:20 min. avg per mile) I could then use to start somewhere other than the back of the Disneyland Half Marathon. Yes, I am the same person who said “I can’t pull off running even at a very slow pace” 2 years ago. A lot can happen when you win a Fitbit in a bar. I also relied very heavily on my faith, family, and trusted friends & colleagues. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to keep moving forward. Remember this if you are facing similar challenges; the wisdom of a trusted network is there to help in ways you can’t even fathom compared to struggling alone.
I had never been more scared about my career in my life. The situation meant my librarian employment was ending 2 months before the effective date of promotion to Associate Librarian with continuing status effective July 1st if my application (documentation still undergoing review) ends up being successful. At that time I had no idea if I would be called to interview for a librarian position on campus I’d applied for back in December (I was), if I would have competition for it (I did), let alone if I would be the successful candidate (I was) or have that position or some other campus librarian employment work out before my time ran out (3 paychecks left).
I wish my former NN/LM colleagues well. You all have interesting times ahead and I look forward to hearing how you make the most of every opportunity the future holds.
Listen! This is now, this is here, this is me
On March 16th I began a new chapter of my career as a health sciences curriculum design librarian. It is very much in line with my “It’s hard to articulate what you see that doesn’t yet exist” from last April about the integration of instructional design, information science, and the effective use of learning technologies, and an affirmation of an even earlier career vision I wrote down in 2012 of “Distance Education Teacher: Concepts of Place and Space?”
I am extremely excited about the duties I now have in working as the point person in the library on the School of Medicine’s curriculum renewal and development, which includes a focus on active and blended learning using the Canvas learning management system as well as the OpalQM curriculum management system. My previous regional medical library work with NN/LM has prepared me well for working with our regional medical education format (WWAMI). I’m also excited about serving as a liaison librarian since I’ve not been able to do so before, and once again I have an amazing team of colleagues to work with who are already helping me to learn the ropes even though I’ve been around the library almost 7 years. Last week was somewhat surreal at times to suddenly shift from sorta to actually understanding what liaison work involves!
I am also still in graduate school, as there was a curriculum revision that happened there last fall where they thought I could easily handle taking both beginning and advanced instructional design courses at once. I’m very thankful I told the advisory team no both for my sanity and because their Moodle server died during winter break and I’m currently designing schoolwork in cloud-based Canvas, being able to learn the similarities and differences between this platform and UW’s hosted version. This also means things are busy (family is doing well, including the 7th grader starting up track season the same week I started the new job) and not going according to my plans, but with less than 2 months until (I hope!) graduation it helps to know it won’t be this crazy forever. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’m up to more often here again!
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