The appropriate pieces of paper have arrived, the Is dotted and Ts crossed, and thus I can now announce my big and very exciting news:
Starting March 6, I will be the Branch Manager of the Meeteetse Library in the Park County Library System in Wyoming.
I was out west the weekend before last for an interview, and I fell in love with the place. There are a few low-quality pictures from the trip over on Flickr, which give you only a dim idea of how beautiful it is out there. Meeteetse is a town of about 350 people about half an hour south of Cody (a metropolis by Wyoming standards with around 9000 residents) and an hour and a half east of Yellowstone. The library serves both the town and the local K-12 school, so I’ll get to do a little bit of everything, which is just what I like.
Dominican is going to start offering online classes this summer, so I’ll be finishing up my degree (I’m 3/4 of the way through now) remotely over the next few terms. It’s a bit odd to be starting my first “real” job before I’ve finished school, and I may have more to say on that and on the whole job hunting process in the near future, but for now, I’m just celebrating–and, of course, working on the details of packing, finding housing, renting a truck, and heading out west. Visitors will be welcome and encouraged just as soon as I get settled. Stay tuned.
Unfortunately, this means I won’t be going to PLA or to the Library Education Forum in NYC, but I’m still planning to make it to ALA in New Orleans.
In the meantime, yippeeeeee!!!