NC State University bell tower

Even though there's a global pandemic occurring, I'm still thrilled for the next chapter in my life. After living in Arizona for 15 years, I'll be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, to start a new job at North Carolina State University Libraries. I'll be the 2020-2022 Cyma Rubin Library Fellow where my home department will be the Special Collections Research Center. I'll also work on a strategic initiative ("Capturing the Experience of the NC State University Libraries’ High-Tech Spaces"). When I interviewed in February, I really enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing all their library spaces. It was just inspiring, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity.

Shelly in mask in library
My last day at the UA Main Library.

I could've never imagined starting a new job or finishing an old job remotely. I haven't seen my current colleagues since March 13. Working at the University of Arizona Libraries for almost five years has been a formative experience, and I've met so many wonderful people here. The UA campus has been home to me through my undergraduate and graduate years. I recently packed up my office, where the calendars were still turned to March. It was eerie to be in the empty, renovated library!

I'll miss Arizona, but I can't wait to join NCSU Libraries.