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These days, I'm the director of the American Library Association' s Office for Intellectual Freedom. I'm also executive director and secretary of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

LaRue 2.0

This is just a check-in.

[x] Wrap-up my job as Director of Douglas County Libraries.

While I don't claim to have resolved all issues, I think I worked through a good set of them. I left the organization in good shape, and stepped out at a time when the next director will have a chance to put his or her stamp on things. I loved my time at DCL, and am confident that the institution will continue to do well. There are so many smart and capable people there. But whether it does or not, I'm done as director, effective 18 January 2014.

[-] Start my new career.

I began by crafting a business plan. It's pretty solid, I think. And I've sent out the word. But there is much to be done.

- My website is old, and needs refocusing and refreshing. But I have spent a lot of time thinking about the services I can offer, the value I can add. I'm also having a lot of fun poking around the various templates and possibilities.
- My >1,000 contacts have been whittled down to something like current.
- My email contacts and email systems have been consolidated and tweaked.
- My workflow systems have been thoughtfully re-worked.

[ ] Respond to those who want to dance with me.

Amazing. Already, I've been contacted by people offering me all kinds of jobs that ... fall completely outside my business plan.There are three responses:

1. Take it! The market knows best.
2. Investigate it. Take a step into it to see if it's a good fit.
3. Reject it. Stay focused.

So where am I?

Just a day into "retirement," I find myself waking up with enthusiasm, curiosity, and eagerness. I am being contacted by people who are asking for (in many cases) things I never anticipated, but just might know how to deliver. I feel stretched, engaged, energized.

For those I have worked with: thank you.

For those I will work with: I so look forward to that.

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