Monday, June 14, 2010

change is good!

Big news, friends! As of next week, I will no longer work at the library. I am accepting a new position in the university's grant office, as the Research Development Specialist.

This might surprise some of you, as I received my Masters in Library Science just three short years ago and have been employed as an enthusiastic librarian since. But the truth of the matter is that I have not been happy in my job since the library's reorganization in January, which effectively dissolved my beloved department, Digital Projects, and moved me into the archives. I tried to make the best of the situation, but I am simply not an archivist and I wasn't doing myself or the library any favors by pretending otherwise.

So what do you do when you're unhappy, when you feel that your professional interests aren't being addressed or explored, when the path of your career abruptly reaches an apparent dead end? You make a change. A few weeks ago, while perusing the university's Human Resources page, I saw that a position in the grant office had opened up. The job involved researching grant opportunities for faculty and staff at the university, helping applicants develop their proposals, and assisting in the grant writing and editing process. I love research. I love writing and editing. I love public service. It seemed like a perfect fit. Last week I had an interview; this past weekend I found out I got the job; and next Monday I start the newest phase of my professional life. I'm really excited for this opportunity, for the doors that a background in grant writing will no doubt open in the future, and for the chance to make a difference in my community. Plus, the possibility of an office with a window and the generous bump in my salary are pretty awesome too!

I'll miss my friends in the library, and I'll miss librarianship. But I'm consoled by the fact that all the best parts of being a librarian - finding information and getting it into the hands of the people who need it - will be the foundation of my new job. I'm a very lucky woman.

Here's to new adventures and experiences, and refusing to settle for less!