Update following the ELUNA 2018 meeting, transition back to academic librarianship
In the past month, I've provided support (as a steering committee member) for the largest Ex Libris Users of North America (ELUNA) annual meeting; departed the Orbis Cascade Alliance, where I served as a program manager (and gained the needed experience to become a PMP); and, started at the University of Oregon Libraries - returning to an academic library for the first time since mid-2013.
What's stood out to me in this transition?
The ELUNA meeting was successful. Ex Libris is developing or building out a set of products that extend its Alma platform functionality (for reading lists, research data, with other products likely to come). In terms of Alma, I can't recall a specific question or request relating to the Alma monthly release schedule - to me, they've become stable enough so that the 10 releases per year that deliver significant functionality can be coherently managed by institutions. There are really a couple of points here - the vendor must competently manage the releases and customers need to work within the framework of monthly releases that keep the vendor and customers more tightly integrated in comparison to the annual release cycles of legacy library management systems.
But moving to the UO Libraries means that I'll be able to expand beyond the more narrow focus on Ex Libris and the Alma/Primo services to library and academic technology more broadly. The UO and Oregon State University employ Samvera to support Oregon Digital and other services - one example of the opportunity to focus more broadly on library technology in ways that haven't been possible over the past five years.
More transition - I had training earlier this month to become a certified PMP instructor. I'll be teaching the class in early June on the Quality Management knowledge area, co-teaching with a colleague. It's been instructive to focus in so closely on a single knowledge area, to analyze the PMBOK sixth edition content and related resources as well (like Warren Brussee's Six Sigma on a budget).