I only wrote one post last week. It’s probably obvious why.
I am deeply indebted to to all of those who posted their own entries pointing to Post-ALA, Post-OCLC: What’s next?. I am humbled by some of the comments made in those posts.
Oh, and Gary Price: What can I say?
If I’ve missed anyone (including people who may yet do posts!), my apologies–and my gratitude.
(There’s a phantom post from another Jennifer, but since the link yields a 404 I won’t cite it here.) Fixed: See preceding paragraph.
And, to be sure, thanks to all of you who commented directly at the post.
I’m not quoting from the posts because my head is swelled enough already. I have no comment on any comments made about specific employers, of course.
So what’s happening?
- I’ve heard from a couple of people with interesting possibilities, at least one of which may prove to be compelling.
- I’m talking to them at ALA Annual in DC. (I’ll be there Friday morning, June 22, through Monday evening, June 26.)
- That’s an ideal time for anyone else who wants to talk to me about possibilities. Barring a truly preemptive offer, I won’t make any decisions before ALA Annual–but I could see making a decision right after the conference.
- If you or someone you know does want to talk to me then, send me email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can arrange a time. Try to do that soon, and certainly no later than Thursday noon, June 21.
- I’ve never traveled with technology–no cell phone, no PDA, no notebook, no Blackberry. That might change for this occasion–I see an $80 texting-oriented cell phone with a modified “pay as you go” plan that might suit me just fine. If so, I’ll publish the number here or set up (yes) a Twitter mobile account for use during conference(s).
- I’ve thought more about what would constitute an “excellent” or “ideal” future, either with a core employer or piecemeal. It’s not primarily about the money. It’s about the employer, personal growth, adding value, and doing something worthwhile–and, to be sure, being fairly compensated for my work. I’ll let it go at that for now.
- Just to make things interesting, here’s
a bribean incentive: If you are provide the contact that results in an offer/arrangement that I take and regard as excellent (or, for that matter, if you make the offer), I’ll send you (or a library or library school of your choice, that wants them) autographed copies of all my books–now and in the future, as long as we stay in touch. Since at least one of the books is really unobtainable, that’s a unique offer. It’s up to whoever makes the offer/arrangement to let me know you were the contact.
That’s about it.We return now to our regular posting (with at least two more posts this week maybe more).I’m working on COAP2: This Time It’s for Keeps, a special (oversize) pre-Annual issue of Cites & Insights that’s devoted to a single topic and mostly, but not entirely, reprints. It should be out this week.
And did I mention my gratitude? Thanks again.