New Position, New Endeavors

What challenge will you seek out today? How will you continue to learn? Maybe next to my “still learning” plaque, I’ll place a Post-it as another reminder: “Find your next challenge.”

Last Thursday I accepted an offer to join the full time faculty at San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science. On Monday, I resigned my appointment at Dominican GSLIS effective in August 2011. This has been an incredible few weeks of pondering, making decisions, and seeking a challenge.

Yes, I wrote “Seek a Challenge” for my Office Hours column at LJ about the decision to apply for this position.

The onus for change lies with both students and LIS faculty. Students should provide constructive evaluations of their learning experience. Faculty should respond with curricular changes and updated course offerings as quickly as possible. Library school administration should enable these conversations about change in an open, transparent process. LIS programs must be nimble and quick if they are to survive in the current economy.

The program at SJSU is entirely online. I will be able to live in Indiana and teach, participate in school activities and work on my research agenda. I will travel four times a year to San Jose for faculty retreats. I’ve been drawn more and more to models of online learning such as this. The position I’ve accepted – focused on emerging technologies – seems a perfect fit for the type of teaching and research I want to do. I plan to continue  and broaden my work looking at Learning 2.0 programs in libraries as well as other areas ripe for research related to emerging tech.

It’s difficult to leave Dominican, however. The mission – focused on love and truth – is a strong one and has illuminated my teaching and focus on the heart for libraries. I wrote this in a message to the faculty, staff and all those who support teaching and learning at Dom:

Thank you for the opportunity to teach for Dominican the past five years. It has been a great experience filled with learning, collegiality and support from the entire community. It is a bittersweet moment.

I wish all my students and the faculty and staff at Dominican the very best.

I will continue to focus on the heart and the possibility for human connection via technology – in teaching and for libraries as I make this transition to San Jose State. I’m also eager to keep scanning the horizon to see what the next big thing will do to our profession.