It’s been quite a ride since I started writing this blog back in May of 2007.  I turned the corner on a new decade of my life.  I resettled on the other side of the country.  I became a librarian.  Veni, vidi, vici (for the most part).

I am excited that I will finally be realizing my long-standing dream of pursuing my MA in art history at the University of New Mexico.  Being a grad student again means a lot of things to me, but unfortunately one of them is that I will again find myself stretched a bit thin.  I plan to focus on my intellectual pursuits, my book reviews, and finding new challenges in my work.  Though my adventures will continue, I think the life of this blog has run its course. 

So…I’m taking just a moment here to wax philosophical.  I’d like to reiterate the fact that my career path has branched out in unexpected directions, and I know it will continue to do so in the future.  These unexpected circumstances can either be hugely liberating and full of opportunity or rife with anxiety and second-guessing.  It’s a choice to say that an alternative career path is just as successful and perhaps even more exhilerating than a traditional one.  This is an exciting time to be an information resource professional in large part because of these non-traditional paths.  It’s a trying time as well.  The state of the economy means that jobs are being cut or left unfilled and cultural resource institutions are being asked to do more with less.  Job hunting for new professionals can be extremely stressful and daunting in the best of circumstances.  I really feel for my colleagues who are just beginning that search or facing the frustration of months of unsuccessful applications.  Some do not have the luxury of choice and just have to settle for a paycheck.  To those people I would only advise taking everything as an opportunity to add new skills and experiences.  Who knows how these things will come together in the future? Even in trying times, I believe it is true that by doing what you love the money – i.e. the career – will follow.  Stay creative, innovative, excited, and always feed your passions.  In other words (the words of my favorite fortune cookie fortune), “Listen often to the quiet voice within.” It’s the only one that really matters.