trainYesterday I gave my notice at the Library System of Lancaster County where I have worked for the past seven years as a cataloger. Next month I will begin anew as the Capital Area Library District Consultant for Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties.

While I will miss my colleagues at LSLC, as well as serving the libraries of Lancaster County, I look forward to new challenges, and I embrace this opportunity to get to know the fine folks in these three counties and to learn more about their needs and goals and how I can help.

What will I not miss? Cataloging, of course. But I will be forever grateful to cataloging for opening doors for me in ways that I could not have foreseen. I’m also happy that I understand it. I think cataloging is often misunderstood and undervalued. If we want our tactile collections to be used, it’s kind of important that those items can be located, described, and classified. That goes for our digital collections and online resources, too. In many ways, technical services is the engine room of the library, at least at present. Maybe that will change as our collections change and discovery tools change. IT is an engine room, too. And that will probably never change.

Looking back is important for reflection. Being cognizant of the present is important for taking action. Looking ahead is when we can let our imaginations go wild.

Here’s to looking ahead.