Wicked awesome news

I am delighted to tell all of you that I have accepted a job as the Information Technology Librarian at the University of Maine, Farmington. I start in early August.

(If you, like most people I have told this to, are now going “Where’s Farmington?” it’s about 90 minutes mostly north of Portland, Maine, in the central bit of the state before you get into the mountains and foothills of the west.)

The campus is about 2000 students, in a town of 7500, and focuses on liberal arts and education programs, which is right up my alley. The job is a combination of some shared library duties (reference, collection development, instruction), keeping the library computers up and running as the first line of support (though the IT folks are handy if needed), and then being responsible for finding, exploring, sharing, and advocating for interesting new technology for the library to use.

Pretty much everyone I’ve told that to has gone “Did they write the job description for you?” Which, no, but they might as well have, as it’s pretty much everything I was hoping for. I just got back from the interview trip last night (I was the last candidate they were seeing), and loved the library, the town, and the people I’ll be working with, and I’m really excited to see what happens next and how I get to be part of it.

While I’ll miss Minnesota (a state I’ve loved for the 12 years I’ve lived here), I’m delighted to be returning to New England. I’d been particularly looking for something outside the cities in northern New England, and I’m looking forward to living somewhere with a chance to garden, live in a small town (which I’ve been wanting for various reasons) and all the other awesome things on offer. And it’s hard to beat living somewhere that has three tourist-friendly seasons (summer is gorgeous, leaf-time is stunning, and snow means skiing and a bunch of other fun things.)

I have been horribly behind on plans for this blog due to several interview trips, but plan to have a links post up in the near future (I am aiming for Friday). I also anticipate some posts about organizing packing for a cross-country move. (Complicated in my case by a cat and a folk harp).

And then, once I start, lots of posts about nifty technology things. (I did my interview presentation on blogs and blogging, after all…) I definitely also plan to talk about some of my library job hunting strategies and what I think worked and didn’t work, in case they’re useful to anyone else.

And for those of you wondering about the title of this post: “Wicked” is a classic Maine term that was also popular in the Massachusetts of my teenage years, and is basically the positive intensifier of choice.

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Hi, I’m Jen

Librarian, infovore, and general geek, likely to write comments about books, link collections, and other thoughts related to how we find, use, and take joy in information.

I'm the Research Librarian at Perkins (You may know the name as Perkins School for the Blind but they do a lot of other things these days). More about my job.

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