Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Big Adele News

If you are a reader of the State Library of Victoria (Australia) blog - Read Alert - you might have seen that I've been announced as the new Program Coordinator at the library's Centre for Youth Literature.  Mind blown.   This is going to be a monumental life change on many fronts.  I've spent the past year teaching Japanese preschoolers English and in less than a month I will be moving to Melbourne.  I've been a teacher for the past eight years and now I won't be.  It's change - much welcomed, very exciting change.

I start in early January and am unbelievably excited to join a team of enthusiastic book lovers. CYL - "...promotes reading for pleasure for all young people and champions youth literature across the broader cultural spectrum. It is a national resource and network, with international connections in the field. It produces events for young readers, professional development programs, a website, blog and multimedia, and advises and consults on youth literature."

See why I am thrilled? I am excited to move to Melbourne.  I am excited to work with similarly minded people.  I am excited to have youth literature become part of my profession full time, instead of the occasional class and PSnark.  Change is an awesome thing.

What this means?
  • I am moving home within the next two weeks
  • Then I am moving to Melbourne (any advice is much welcomed)
  • PSnark has an indeterminate future. (I will be working with authors a lot and there are some obvious issues if I continue to review.)  I will keep you updated.

43 comments:

teamouse said...

Congratulations Adele! That's fantastic!
My best wishes for wherever this job may take you and for the future of the wonderful Persnickety Snark. :)

April (BooksandWine) said...

AHHHHH CONGRATS!!!

That is so wicked awesome and it sounds like you will be working the best job EVER!

:-D

YAYYYYY!

Karen said...

I'd miss PSnark if you felt it should end, but what an amazing opportunity! Congrats x100!

Tez Miller said...

It'll be great to have you here in Batmania! I'll have to attend one of CYL's events sometime :-) (I've only been to one - Justine Larbalestier in February 2009, I think.)

mummazappa said...

Congratulations! I love to hear about people's passions becoming their 'real' work, it's very inspiring. Good luck with all the moving too.

asamum said...

Squee Squee and double Squee.
Will you be available for guest posting/review *flutters eyelashes*
I am so pleased for you. WELL DONE

Zaynura said...

A whopping big congrats to you, Adele!

This sounds like pretty much the perfect job for you. I'll definitely miss your honest, fun and completely gutsy critiques, though, if you're required to stop reviewing.

All the best, and I'll definitely have to visit you the next time I'm in Melbourne.

Karen Mahoney said...

Oh. My. God. ADELE!!!

I am so incredibly happy for you, I really am! *hugs*

*more hugs*

I wish we could go out for a drink to celebrate. ;)

Seriously, CONGRATULATIONS! You rocked it!

Kaz
xo

Meg said...

Congratulations to you -- how very exciting!

Loretta Nyhan said...

Oh, wow! Congrats!

You are absolutely perfect for your new position. Best of luck.

Lisa Schroeder said...

Congratulations!!! It sounds like a dream job!! So happy for you!

Em said...

Congratulations on your new position! It sounds wonderful!

Angiegirl said...

What wonderful news, Adele! I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to hear about your new job.

Ladybug said...

Wow, congratulations, Adele! That's amazing, I'm so happy for you :)

I hope you won't stop posting all together because I love reading your blog, at least know that you will be deeply missed in the book blogsphere.

Steph Su said...

Holy cow, that's FANTASTIC! It really seems like a perfect job for your passions and expertise. I can't wait to hear more about it!

jenniferpickrell said...

Congrats, sounds like a great opportunity!

contemplatrix said...

very exciting!--congratulations! hope the transition goes smoothly!

~L

Aimee said...

Congrats Adele - I can't think of a better person for the job! Japan's loss is definitely our gain.

As someone who only moved to Melbourne a few years ago, I can assure you that it's a fantastic city to live in - so much to do and so laid back at the same time. I think you're going to like it here :)

If you want any info about the city before you come, feel free to email me (aimee dot said at gmail dot com).

Yay and double yay!

karen tayleur said...

Hi Adele, this just feels like a perfect fit. Can't wait to see a persnicketysnarked CYL!

Nomes said...

congrats - that's unreal.

hope all your finishing up at Japan stuff goes really well :)

simmone said...

officially yayyy!

Kathy Charles said...

Such fantastic news Adele. Can't wait to see you in Melbourne! If you want any advice email me.

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

Congrats Adele! *throws confetti* that position seems perfect for you :)

Chachic said...

Congratulations on your awesome new job, Adele! :)

Jordyn said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you!

the story siren said...

Wow! Congrats Adele! that is so wonderful! I am beyond thrilled for you! Here's wishing you the best in your future endeavors!

Abby said...

Congratulations, Adele!!! That is wonderful news! It sounds like a really awesome job and one you're well-suited to! Best of luck, dear!

Bianca said...

that is wicked cool. hope everything goes smoothly and wonderfully!

Jess the Reader said...

Congratulations Adele, the State Library seems like a brilliant place to work, and the Centre for Youth Literature always come across as being run by a great bunch of people. I'm sure you'll have a great time.

As to Melbourne, I've lived here most of my life - you'll love it! It's impossible not to love! The weather at the moment is crazy (quite humid, with occasional thunderstorms), but by the time you move should be just warm. Or hot. Really, really hot. Make sure you have a fan, or air conditioning in your new place.

Missie said...

Congrats Adele!

I hope you don't have to stop reviewing. I just found your site! Please keep us updated, and best of luck.

michelle-cooper said...

Congratulations, Adele - you and the CYL seem like a perfect match! Best of luck with the move.

Pam said...

You will do great. PSnark can still continue Adele, I balance working at a lit agency and partnering with Hicklebee's.

The1stdaughter said...

Congratulations! You will be an amazing ambassador for this position. Incredible!

Khy said...

I have no idea what this job entails but it involves you and books, so it must be awesome! CONGRATS!!!!

Girl Friday said...

Oh my goodness Adele, that is FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!! How exciting (and super exciting for all of us living in Melbourne!). Congrats on the good news and yay for the move to Melbourne!

cattanach.tye.t1 said...

CANNOT WAIT TO HAVE YOU HERE!!!!!!!!!!
:)))))))))))
You will be EPIC at this job My Dear :)

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Marg said...

Huge congratulations Adele! Sounds like an amazing job opportunity, and I can't wait to get the chance to meet up! Always happy to help if you have any queries in relation to living here in Melbourne too.

Michelle said...

Congratulations! This is fantastic news for you!

Travel safely home and good luck as you transition to your new job.

Penni said...

DOING!!!! That's my jaw dropping and hitting the floor.

Omigod omigod omigod!! SO excited for you and so happy for the CYL.

bibliophile brouhaha said...

That's so exciting!! Congratulations!

mzink said...

Adele! I JUST saw this and am beyond thrilled for you. I can't imagine someone better suited to this position than you. I just know this is going to be the start of many, many wonderful things, all of them so well deserved.

Thinking of you with love and pride!
<3

MZ

Adele said...

Thanks so much Michelle. It is pretty gosh darn cool :)