To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
Starting in January, I will be molting… traveling to the iSchool at the University of Washington to take up a sabbatical year away from OCLC Research, my professional home of the past two decades. OCLC has no tradition or policy for sabbaticals, so, being afforded such an opportunity is both wonderful and perhaps a little daunting.
My sponsors at the iSchool – Michael Crandall and Stuart Sutton – are colleagues with whom I have worked closely for some years in the Dublin Core activity. Stuart has been active as chair of the DC-Education working group and the DCMI Usage Board, and Michael is a charter member of the DCMI Board of Trustees, and has been the spark plug for that group since it began. While I am not going to UW to do metadata work per se, I’ll be among friends who understand my background and can help me extract maximum value from my visit.
The term sabbatical is rooted in sabbath – a day of rest. In today’s environs, sabbaticals are about focused work rather than rest. What both senses of the term share is the idea of renewal, and that is certainly at the top of my list of expectations. My objectives for the year include writing (on the topic of persistent identifiers) and ventilating my thinking through interaction with a strong and diverse faculty.
I hope to make a contribution to both the iSchool and to OCLC Research while strengthening the outward-facing ties that have become
increasingly important to us, and to the future of librarianship. It is hard to imagine a more hospitable place
to do this than the iSchool at the
I am indebted to many for this opportunity:
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President for Research, has encouraged me and promoted the idea within OCLC. He also took it upon himself to seek support for the activity outside OCLC.
Jay Jordan, CEO, has been a supporter of standards in general, and of my own work in standardization for the duration of his tenure at OCLC. Without his enthusiasm, the idea would have gone nowhere.
Michael Crandall and Stuart Sutton made very clear that my welcome at the iSchool would be a warm one, and have seen to the administrative advance work in support of my visit.
Tony Hey, Microsoft’s Vice President for Technical Computing, has generously agreed to support the local costs and travel associated with my stay at the iSchool.
Finally, my wife, Marguerite, will be keeping the home fires