westward ho!

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!!!

10 thoughts on “westward ho!”

  1. Yeah!!!! I’d assumed from your other post alluding to “news” that you’d gotten the job, but I’m so glad to hear it’s official! What an amazing experience it’s going to be to live in rural Wyoming. I can’t wait to hear about your impressions of what it’s like to be a solo librarian in a rural library! Good luck with the move and with everything!

  2. Welcome to Wyoming. We do a great job of working together even though the physical distances between us are great.

  3. (belated) Congrats on the new job. I’m also moving to Wyoming to take a librarian job, only I’ll be far away in Laramie. Best of luck!

  4. Another belated congratulations. We are glad you were able to use our library some while you are in school and living in the suburb next door. If there is anything we can do for you, give either Aaron or me an email or leave a comment on our blogs. You can probably raise Aaron by IM much of the time. We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck and keep blogging.

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