I am moving on to a new POW in April.
The University of Minnesota, Rochester is a new campus, with a sparkly new Information Commons. I’ll be helping to create the IC for the students and will, hopefully, help the UMR campus grow.
I’m in the process of reading everything I can get my hands on regarding academic libraries and the Information Commons as a concept. At this point, the library’s collection at UMR is virtual; I don’t know if or when that may change. Given the scope of the majors that are offered, I have a feeling the collection will work best as a virtual one – the presence of the Mayo Clinic and IBM in Rochester lead to very tech- and medically-oriented degrees (and students.)
This will be a great challenge and should prove to be great fun. I must admit I’ve been missing working in a library. I’ve also missed interacting with people – I spend a great deal of time in my office at a computer. For those of you familiar with Meyers-Briggs, I’m an ENFP, so you can imagine how well being alone all day suits me. (For those of you not familiar with Meyers-Briggs, the answer is: not at all.)
I’ll miss the folks I’m working with, but will no doubt see them at various functions. (One of them I’ll see often – she and her husband and two darling kidlets moved next door recently. )
Any and all recommendations/experiences/advice dealing with academic libraries and Information Commons are very welcome!