I have started a new path in my life’s journey as a librarian and teacher. In the past two months, I have sold my apartment in Brooklyn, purchased a home in Syracuse, acquired a car for the first time in nine years (since I moved to New York City), and transitioned from being Director of Library Services for the New York City schools to Assistant Professor of Practice in the iSchool at Syracuse University.
I am very torn at leaving the library community in NYC. I know that the close friendships I have formed with school, public, and academic librarians will continue. We share a passion for strong library services that get to the heart of what our community members want, whether it’s providing access to materials in multiple languages, teaching the skills to find and make sense of information, guiding our users to be safe and responsible online, or providing virtual services and e-books. I have learned from my colleagues and grown professionally and personally from our collaborations.
At Syracuse, I hope to inspire the next generation of librarians as we build on the past and explore the future. The library world is changing, and the need for knowledgeable and community-centered librarians is stronger than ever. I am excited by the possibilities and look forward to sharing my thoughts and questions as I travel this new path.