I am pleased to announce that I recently accepted a position as the Assistant Director for the San Rafael Public Library, my hometown library.
Earlier this year San Rafael voters approved a $49 parcel tax specifically for the library which is allowing the library to increase staff positions, hours, and more. I look forward to finding innovative ways to spend some of that money (of course with the permission of the Library Director, David Dodd — who I’ve known for 9 years and who was incidentally my boss at my first librarian job out of library school).
This means that I will sadly be leaving the San Jose Public Library after 3+ years working as their Digital Futures Manager, a job I love and passionately pursued. My team is amazing. We’ve done a lot of things (a mobile app, a new website, Database Delight online training, halfway through an augmented reality site/app, etc.). It’s been a very interesting and exciting ride, and in many ways I am sad to be leaving.
At the same time, I really look forward to the opportunities a small library brings. San Jose has about 1 million residents while San Rafael has 60,000. San Jose has 19 open locations while San Rafael has 2.
This is a big change for me, but I will definitely be managing my new library’s digital presence. There are so many things I want to do, so don’t count me out of the uber-tech game yet. I am going to have to re-learn my coding skills, since I have left most of them un-used as a tech manager (one of the hazards of moving into management at a large system). So I’m inviting coding resource recommendations from all of you for CSS, PHP, MySQL, HTML5, etc. Bring it on because I’m going to need a refresher for sure.
My work here on LibrarianInBlack will continue, as will my other writing, training, consulting, and speaking for libraries and other institutions. I’m not really going anywhere–not virtually, at least. So, yes. That about covers it. Wish me luck and stop by San Rafael sometime.