June 27, 2011
So Much for 2011 Being a "More Boring Year:" CALI Has a New Director of Content Development
... and I can think of no better person for the gig. John Mayer announced at this year's CALI Conference that Sarah Glassmayer has accepted the position of Director of Content Development. She will start her new job on August 15. About the appointment, Sarah writes:
This is definitely an unexpected and unplanned development in my career, but one that I couldn’t be more excited and thrilled about. It’s not every day that you’re offered a job that will give you the opportunity to change the world and, knowing some of the projects that CALI is working on and the possibilities of what it can do, well….I really think we can make a difference. Definitely in the way future lawyers are educated, but also in how regular citizens have access to justice and legal materials.
Although I am not going to be working in a library, I still will always consider myself to be a librarian. I’m just literally putting my money where my mouth is when it comes to all of my talk about how libraries and librarians should work and collaborate with technologists and other related fields. It’s definitely going to be a different environment and the new freedoms I’ll have to create and explore are a little breathtaking. The CALI crew are also just a lot of fun to be around. As I told John after I accepted the offer, I feel a little bit like I’m running away and joining the circus.
Valpo's loss is the entire profession's gain. At the tender age of 35, Sarah was the youngest speaker at Harvard's Future of Law Libraries: The Future Is Now? (Hey, I'm not telling secrets, Sarah brought that up during her presentation.) I'm thinking she will become one of the major contributors is making the future "now." Thought so before; even more so now that she will be working at CALI.
In her year-in-review post about 2010, Sarah wrote "[t]he goal for 2011 is to have a more boring year." In response, I wrote "I doubt she will achieve that goal. In fact, who would want that for Sarah! Continue to stretch and stay true to yourself is a far better goal for 2011." We aging and decrepit law librarians know a thing or two about New Year's resolutions.
Congratulations Sarah! [JH]
Thanks, Joe! I need to find another word than excited, but I'm really excited. CALI World HQ is also perilously close to an Al's Italian Beef restaurant...so hopefully I won't be dead of a heart attack by the time I'm 40.
I almost titled my blog post "I Swear To God I Wanted A Boring Year." Between this, Vendor Colloquium, HCOD and Harvard, it didn't quite happen. And it's only June. Maybe I should aim lower? Like, I want a boring July. Or I'm not going to do anything stupid in the next week. I think I can maybe attain those goals.
---- Sarah, you know me well enough to know that I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. And being a born and bred Chicagoian, I know the close proximity of Al's to CALI HQ!
Your appointment can help bridge the professional divide you know I think exists between the documentation community and the law library community. Hey, even Carl applauds your appointment!
You have much work ahead (and perhaps, some weekend reading re past attempts that appeared to fail because they were ahead the curve of the time but no longer are).
In an private email to one of CALI's board members, I mentioned that you will not be distracted by too-forward looking past attempts because the timing is now right to promote and execute them. Plus there are new initiatives that will energize you.
IMHO, this is one of the best things that has happened this year! --Joe
Posted by: Sarah G. | Jun 27, 2011 6:11:51 AM