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New job, Community Librarian, Equinox, Woohoo!

A quick lunchtime post (written in the wee hours, embargoed until now) since I’ve received email that tells me the press release is filtering out across the Internet’s series of tubes…

First, I’m going to miss My (Current) Place Of Work. They are great folks and when I said I was leaving they expressed great sorrow and sent some VERY funny pictures.

100_3090 But I had an offer I couldn’t refuse — well, I could have refused, but then I’d be kicking myself for the rest of my life, and what fun would THAT be? (Like this cupcake I ate in New York City last December. Sure, diets, whatever… but I’m still glad I ate the cupcake.)

As of June 23 (just in time for ALA!), I’m the Community Librarian at Equinox, the support and development company for Evergreen, the premier, industrial-strength open-source integrated library system software.

What, you ask, is a Community Librarian? It’s a chief blogger, presenter, evangelist, community liaison, birds-of-a-feather organizer, strategist, branding specialist, user-experience person, project management advisor, and whatever else happens to need doing. (I wrote the job description, and I think that hits the high notes.)

After sixteen years in LibraryLand (more, if you count college and high-school jobs), I want to be working on the future of libraries. It’s time. For nearly two decades I’ve watched libraries struggle with closed legacy software, and the advantages of open source — particularly in a highly-scalable system — are obvious to me.

Making the advantages of open source obvious to YOU will be part of my job.

Where will I work?

I don’t like to say “from home” — that sounds too parked-in-a-chair — I think a better term is “telework,” because first, our home will probably change sometime in the next year, and second, the point is that I’ll be wherever Evergreen and Equinox need my voice and presence. I will make trips throughout Georgia and to the Norcross offices of Equinox (I’m starting to like Atlanta — it’s an interesting city) and far, far beyond.

I’m sad to leave MPOW… learned a lot, great people; definitely recommend MPOW to anyone interested — but I’m excited about the future. (I hope that was a nice-enough farewell to my buddies at MPOW. I’m hoping they give me a green Prius as a going-away present… though that means I better finish that Shibboleth report Greg is waiting for..!)

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  1. LeeAnn wrote:

    Kudos and congratulations to you!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink
  2. Congratulations! I guess this makes us cow-orkers, sort of.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  3. We’ll have to have virtual tea!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  4. Rob wrote:

    Fantastic news! Congratulations and good luck to you!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
  5. Bobbi wrote:

    Congrats! How exciting! I can’t wait to watch you doing this exciting work! :)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  6. Bridget wrote:

    I saw your tweet — Congratulations! What an exciting and blended position :)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Permalink
  7. Congratulations, Karen! That sounds like a terrific thing to do for money.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Permalink
  8. Jenny Levine wrote:

    I’m not sure which of you to congratulate more heartily – you or Equinox. Looking forward to another great run for you, goals and all. :)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  9. Art Rhyno wrote:

    Wow!!!! I am still pinching myself, one of LibraryLand’s most powerful voices joining one of its most exciting projects, it doesn’t get any better than this.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm | Permalink
  10. Abigail wrote:

    Congratulations! Sounds like an awesome opportunity :)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  11. Caryn wrote:

    Congratulations! I hope that you are happy in your new position. :-)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  12. Sia Stewart wrote:

    Congratulations (I saw your tweet, too). Sounds like a fabulous fit, for you and for Equinox!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  13. BaldGeekinMD wrote:

    Equinox is lucky to have a great voice championing the cause of OS software.

    Good on ya, Mazel Tov, Bon Chance and Congrats to you kgs.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Permalink
  14. JanieH wrote:

    Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity and I am confident you will make the most of it.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  15. Dinah PHillips wrote:

    What great news! And great timing, too! I’m so pleased!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  16. Cathy Doyle wrote:

    Congrats on the new job, it will make moving so much easier when the time comes (says a woman who’s unpacking boxes as fast as she can). And best of luck to Sandy on finding a wonderful new church.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  17. W00t! W00t! W00t!

    You can haz me get open sources?

    Yay for kgs, my hero!


    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  18. Dan Scott wrote:

    Wow! This is great for Evergreen, Equinox, and for the future of libraries – we’ve needed a strong, informed voice that can speak from experience and with authority on open source library systems, and you definitely fit the bill. Welcome, Karen! I’m also looking forward to your honest, unflinching feedback; I’m sure you’ll help the project immensely.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  19. Marlened wrote:

    Bravo ! Felicitations ! I’m always amazed to see how librarians careers can be rich and full of surprises in the US. That’s great for you !

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  20. Steve Lawson wrote:

    What an interesting job. Congratulations and best wishes.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  21. amanda wrote:

    ooh, CONGRATS Karen! sounds absolutely perfect for you. they’re lucky to have you :-)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  22. Chad Mairn wrote:

    I just read your tweet. Congratulations on your new endeavor. We’ll miss you for sure.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Permalink
  23. Wow, what a wonderful response — thanks, all! Michael, yes, you can haz open source, with sprinkles, too. :-)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  24. Michael wrote:

    WOOOHOOOO Congrats to you. This is wonderful news for you, Equinox and Libraryland.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Permalink
  25. kate wrote:

    congratsamillion! a libraryland match made in libraryheaven!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  26. Cheryl wrote:

    Congratulations! Sounds exciting!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
  27. Meredith wrote:

    Fantastic! Congratulations and best of luck with the new job. You’re a natural for it.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  28. zoe wrote:

    told you, you’d have too many congrats to count!!! so add mine to the list!!!! equinox evergreen evangelist – a triple crown – 3-cubed.

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  29. Alice Yucht wrote:

    Congrats! and since you wrote the job description, you get to set the bar as high as YOU want it to be!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  30. Millie wrote:


    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  31. Ranti wrote:

    Joining the others congratulating you. Good luck and have fun!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm | Permalink
  32. ruth wrote:

    congrats, karen. your wish to “be working on the future of libraries” inspires me :-)

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
  33. lauren wrote:

    What a fantastic job! This is going to be great for you, Equinox, *and* libraries!!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 9:12 pm | Permalink
  34. Wow, thanks all, what an affirming welcome to my new position!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:45 pm | Permalink
  35. Anne wrote:

    This sounds like a great fit for you. Rawk On!

    Monday, May 19, 2008 at 11:25 pm | Permalink
  36. pollyalida wrote:

    Wow! Exciting news! Congratulations. What a fantastic opportunity – for you and for them. You go girl! (do people still say that?)

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 3:59 am | Permalink
  37. Polly, I’m not even sure if people still say “woohoo,” but if they don’t, let’s start a trend. (Also, the word “foxy.” It just didn’t get enough airtime in its day!)

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:18 am | Permalink
  38. Andi wrote:

    I’m with K.G. – Woo hoo!! what a great new job!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:32 am | Permalink
  39. Wow – look at all these comments! I’m chiming in – congrats on the shiny cool job!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  40. Genevieve wrote:

    What splendid news! Seeing how June 23 just happens to be my birthday, I believe it’s a *particularly* auspicious day on which to begin a new job. ; )

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  41. Colleen wrote:

    Yay, congratulations! That sounds like a primo gig. And if your travels ever get you close to Chattanooga, buzz me. (I am always up for cupcakes.)

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  42. Tom wrote:

    What more can I add? KATABAINO! [That's Greek for "Get Down!"]

    Love to both of you.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  43. Laura wrote:

    Well, I said congrats on twitter, but congrats here too!

    If you head out Tucson way, let me know. Unlike Colleen, I find it easy to avoid cupcakes, but there are some great (non cupcake) restaurants here!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  44. You are SO ten different kinds of cool. Yeah, you! And thanks for writing the cool, so that we can try and keep up!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 12:06 pm | Permalink
  45. This is fantastic news! Congratulations! I look forward to hearing from you as we search for our new ILS.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  46. Yay for kgs! Good news for everyone!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Permalink
  47. Cal Gough wrote:

    Hurray! Glad you’ve decided you like Atlanta – maybe more of us at Atlanta-Fulton PL will get to meet you in the flesh someday. Like many other library systems, ours is looking into the pros and cons of Evergreen, and your being on board there will only add mucho value to whatever product exists when we get around to trying it out! Congratulations!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink
  48. Cal, Michael C., David, et al — oh, my cup runneth over! Cal & Michael, why don’t we plan on having a little cup of tea next time I’m up that way?

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  49. Congratulations! Sounds like a great opportunity. I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you and Evergreen do in the future…

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8:44 pm | Permalink
  50. Congratulations! Sounds like a great opportunity.

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9:38 pm | Permalink
  51. Tim Spalding wrote:

    Wow! Huge news! Congratulations!

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 4:32 am | Permalink
  52. Amy Ranger wrote:

    Neat-o! Sounds like a good fit all around. I’m happy for you. Hope to see you in Anaheim.

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  53. Carolyn Goolsby wrote:

    Excellent news! We in Tacoma also have Evergreen on our list – how exciting that you’re a part of it all! I hope to see you soon!

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  54. Allen Mullen wrote:

    Congratulations, Karen. You are a shining light in LibraryLand!

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
  55. Thanks again, all! Amy, Carolyn, etc.: please stop by the Equinox booth and say hi! I’ll also likely see many of you at varied LITA events, such as Top Tech Trends and the Ultimate Debate (which I of course will *win*).

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 8:11 pm | Permalink
  56. Anne wrote:

    Wow! If ever a job fit a person, this sure does!
    Best of luck to you, Karen! I suspect it will be fun.

    Friday, May 23, 2008 at 9:37 am | Permalink
  57. Dave wrote:

    Three hips and one big hurrah. I just hope you keep the bloggy goodness coming here.

    Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

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