Many of you have probably heard by now that Javier resigned as Associate Director at the end of August. Javier has done a wonderful job guiding and leading the NN/LM NER office. He will be missed by us all and I know he will be successful as he explores new educational and career opportunities. I have been asked to serve as Interim Associate Director throughout this transition period. For those of you who are not familiar with my background, I started at the Lamar Soutter Library in 1999 as a systems librarian. Since that time I have assumed various management positions over the years with increasing oversight of personnel , budget, library operations and technology projects and am currently serving as the Associate Director for Community, Technology, and Global Relations. Some of my most recent projects have included launching the institutional repository, data management projects, collection management, and space planning. I have also served on local, regional and national committees within MLA and NAHSL and been active in consortia activities, such as the Boston Library Consortium.
It will take me some time to get up to speed on all the activities and procedures associated with daily operations of the regional office. My “To Do” list seems to be growing by the minute. At the top of this list is to hire an outreach coordinator. The region has been without an outreach coordinator since December 2011. We are in the process of interviewing candidates and hope to have someone on board by the NAHSL conference in October. I am also charged with soliciting proposals for express awards, so if you have any ideas for projects that can be completed by April 30, 2013 please contact me. You will also see shortly the Request for Proposals for sub-contacts and awards to be included in our year 3 budget. So if you have an idea but are not ready to get it started right now watch for this announcement late September/early October.
We also have a few meeting coming up in which the NER will be providing updates. September 28th will be a Resource Library Directors meeting and November 30th will be the Regional Advisory Committee Meeting. There will also be an update of NER activities at the NAHSL Board Meeting at the Annual Meeting, and finally, in the planning phases is a meeting for Community of Interest leaders. No date has been set for this as of yet, but it’s on the “To Do” list.
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you in the coming months.
Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Interim Associate Director