I’m very excited to be starting the new year in a new job. I accepted a promotion to Assistant University Librarian for Public Services for the Stanford University Libraries. In the words of my boss, University Librarian, Michael Keller, “This is a new position that reflects changes in the practices of libraries in the digital age that are associated with growing emphasis on the services that students and researchers need to negotiate the hybrid library environment.”
Personally, I am anxious to confront the challenges and opportunities of the new position. I’m also particularly pleased that the creation of this position, and the elevation of public services to an AUL-level position at a major research library, signals a renewed emphasis on services. I’ve said before that services are a key element of the future of libraries. Time to make that real.