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I’m Moving to Ohio!

   September 16th, 2020

I don't know if anyone still has this blog in their feeds, but this news seemed post-worthy: I was recently hired to be the Assistant Director of the Tuscarawas County Public Library in Ohio!

Of course, it's mixed news. I've been at the Chelmsford Library in Massachusetts for 15 years, and it's a great place to be. When I became Assistant Director here about four years ago, I pretty much stopped blogging because most of what I did involved confidential staff or patron interactions, or far less interesting (to read about) vendor and contractor interactions. Still busy, just not with funny reference questions.

The new position will be similar to what I've been doing, but for a county system instead of a medium-sized town library. I'm really looking forward to it. The other bonus is that I'll be just a couple hours from my family, instead of eleven hours.

My last day in Chelmsford is October 2nd, and first day in Tuscarawas is November 2nd. In between, I need to pack up, move to Ohio, find a new place to live, etc. Should be fun.

If anyone is interested in working at Chelmsford, the job is posted on the MBLC job board. It really is a great job.

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11 Responses to “I’m Moving to Ohio!”

  1. Penny Ramirez Says:

    Congratulations! I’d wondered where you’d disappeared to. 🙂 Good luck with the move!

  2. lorraine a wochna Says:

    welcome to Ohio. I work at Ohio U in Athens, but we love our public library and working with the library and the community. Hope we see you around! best, lorraine

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Penny: I’ve felt guilty for years for not posting – maybe the new position will give me something to talk about!

    @Lorraine: Thank you – I’m really looking forward to being back in Ohio and working with new colleagues.

  4. Justin Keiser Says:

    As folks said to me, welcome back to the Midwest. Missed your posts. I recently left the Jacksonville Public Library after 17 years and switched to being a web developer. Didn’t get to move back to Ohio but got real close over in Muncie, Indiana. Good luck moving. It’s not fun but eventually worth it.

  5. Andrea Says:

    Congratulations! You’ll be about an hour and fifteen minutes north of me on I77. I’m in Marietta and we’re part of the same consortium.

  6. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Justin: Florida to Indiana is quite a move – it’s good to hear from someone who went through it, and you’re right, eventually I’ll be settled and everything will be fine.

    @Andrea: That’s great! I’m definitely looking forward to meeting Ohio librarians – and I’ve really wanted to visit Marietta since reading David McCullough’s “The Pioneers.” Growing up in Sandusky and going to college in Dayton, Eastern/Southern Ohio are areas I haven’t really explored.

  7. Christina Getrost Says:

    Congratulations on the new job! I’m glad to see you still have the blog up, even if you’re not posting; I always enjoyed your posts. As a teen services/adult reference librarian in Northeast Ohio, I also chime in with ‘welcome (back) to Ohio!’ Good luck with the move.

  8. Cari Says:

    Glad you’re coming back, Brian!!

  9. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Christina: Thank you! It’s really nice to hear from so many Ohio people – it makes the idea of settling into a new job so much less daunting.

    @Cari: Hi Cari! I thought you might be surprised at this – hopefully we’ll meet up sometime once I get there. By the way, your self-care Library 2.0 webinar you did way back in March/April was great – exactly what we needed for my staff at the time.

  10. Philip Willems Says:

    Congrats with your new job/challenge. Always good to be close to your family.

  11. Amelia Says:

    Congrats on the new job!