I went with my Director to the new library groundbreaking ceremony at Marietta College on Friday. There were a number of speakers including Gov. Strickland. Everyone received a commemorative coin, which is very cool.
The name of the new building was announced by the angel donors. Instead of naming the building after someone, they wanted to name it for all past and future alum. They chose the name Legacy Library. The first thing I thought of when I heard the name was a flashback to my days at Deloitte. All I did for a couple of years was write proposals to replace legacy systems. Let's hope that the negative connotation of legacy doesn't come back to haunt them in the future.
The Library Director was one of the speakers. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't mention OhioLINK. It was a great opportunity to strengthen the linkage the private colleges have with OhioLINK in some key minds. There were a couple state legislators in attendance, in addition to the governor.
I didn't see anyone else that I recognized in the audience. I'm not sure if every library in Ohio received the invitation or just those that are close. We're only 60 miles away from Marietta. Muskingum and Marietta are in the same athletic league and also in the East Central Colleges consortium.
I got a chuckle the couple of times that mold and lack of space where mentioned by the speakers. Been there. Done that. Hated it! Hopefully one day we will be able to move out of our Leave it to Beaver building.
Today is the last day of classes. This year went by way to fast. I just finished working on my annual report in preparation for my performance evaluation next Monday. Here are some fun teaching facts:
- Taught a two credit hour library research method course during Fall semester.
- Taught 20 first year seminar groups (263 first year and transfer students) using a kinesthetic learning activity during the first three weeks of Fall semester.
- Taught 497 students in 32 courses using modified problem based learning scenarios.
- Provided over 430 hours of traditional reference service at our desk.
- Provided 37 hours of statewide virtual reference service.
My tenure at marchFIRST's Pittsburgh office was very short. I left my knowledge management job at Deloitte to join marchFIRST in November 2000. The siren song of more money and stock options was to great to resist. Plus, I was so over flying (US Scare begins with You) around the country for work.
I was hired in as a Business Analyst to work with the data warehousing team. Little did I know I was boarding a sinking ship. I was in the third round of layoffs at the end of January 2001. On the bright side I did get a decent severance package. I also had plenty of pretty business cards to use as bookmarks for the rest of my life.
marchFIRST was an internet consulting company that rode the dot.com tidal wave until it crashed along with the dot.com bubble of 2000-2001. It was the merged entity of Whittman Hart and US Web/CKS. It was so named because the merger closed on…March 1…how clever.
The positive side of my marchFIRST story is that it redirected me back towards libraries. I had original moved to Pittsburgh in 1993 to get my MLIS from Pitt. I just took a 10 year detour via corporate America.
<snarky comment>I'm amused by those in the biblioblogosphere "beating the drum" about the Clue Train Manifesto. People, where were you in 1999 when it first came out and why didn't you start your drum beat then?</snarky comment>
The human desire to be first.
Put your best idea forward.
Lead in ways you never dreamed possible.