Today marks the one month anniversary of leaving my position at the University of TN at Chattanooga, walking away from a tenured professorship, and trying to build a business on my reputation and skills.
So how’s it going?
Right now, it’s mostly proposal limbo. I have something like 8 different consulting proposals that I’ve either put together or been attached to over the course of the month. Of those 8, 2 are definite no-gos, 2 need revisions and resubmittal, and 4 are still floating in the ether of uncertainty. I’ve got a handful of speaking engagements (but am always happy to come and speak with librarians about technology) and over the next few months will be:
- Doing an Arduino workshop in DC
- Attending three different Maker Faires (Nashville, Atlanta, and Chattanooga)
- Attending the Knight Foundation Demo Day for my Prototype Grant for LibraryBox
- Prepping for 2 different conference presentations: DLF Forum and LITA Forum
Those are all in roughly the next 12 weeks!
Which is a lot of words to basically say: Things are uncertain, but good, and I’m keeping busy.
I’d love to hear from anyone who needs technology planning at their library, though…I would love to turn a few proposals into contracts. What can I do to help your library?