Tuesday, February 19, 2008

leaving the university of virginia

Now that all the local announcements have been made, I can publicly announce that I'm leaving the University of Virginia Library for a position at the Library of Congress. I'll be joining the Repository Development unit in the Office of Strategic Initiatives. I am sad to leave the people that I work with and the projects that I have been working on, but I'm excited by the possibilities at LC.

The most daunting part of the transition is selling our house and buying something in a much more expensive market (fear not, we have something in the works, but we will be downsizing). The logistics have me briefly quite stressed. You wouldn't think that moving 2 1/2 hours away would be that complicated ...

10 comments:

jrochkind said...

Congratulations!

DataGazetteer said...

Congratulations, Leslie. It is good to hear that you'll be moving into a position with (hopefully) a bigger perspective and a bigger platform from which to talk about it. (Do you think you'll be keeping this blog going?)

I wouldn't sell short the task of moving from rural Virginia to the commuting madhouse around northern Virginia! Good luck!

mjgiarlo said...

Welcome to the team, Leslie! Best of luck ironing out all the housing details.

Dorothea said...

Congrats on the new gig! I hope it does as handsomely by you as you will by it.

Leslie Johnston said...

I certainly don't plan to shut down the blog. I'm not aware of any restrictions ...

Amanda said...

Congratulations, Leslie -- and best of luck with the move!

shlake said...

We are going to miss you Leslie! I don't envy you in getting set up in Nova. Oh, the noise! Oh, the noise! Noise! Noise! Noise! The TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC!

John Mark Ockerbloom said...

Congratulations, Leslie! I'm looking forward to hearing great things from your work at LC.

If you want some alternatives to the crazy car-commute thing, I do remember some nice bike trails on the Virginia side, some of which I recall passed close to Metro stops when they got into Arlington or Alexandria. Don't know if that's your thing, or if you'll be suitably located, but it's another option you may be interested in.

John (who went biking from DC to PA the week before we moved to Philly. Mary eventually forgave me.)

Robin Chandler said...

Congratulations Leslie! LC is so very lucky.

Siva said...

Congratulations! The LoC is smart and lucky to get you.

We will miss you here.

Siva