By disposition, I'm a generalist with a technical bent. This means that I'm pretty well suited to my current position where I get to manage digital collections and metatdata with Oregon Health & Science University. I get to do a bit everything -- planning, programming, you name it. For the 5 years prior to my current position, I was was the head of Digital Services for the Orbis Cascade Alliance library consortium, and for the 5 years prior to that, I was the head of systems at the Oregon State Library. I also am co-owner of a library technology consulting firm. I haven't quit my day job and don't intend to, but this endeavor exposes me to some interesting challenges while helping me expand my skills.

Before I became a systems guy, I worked as a librarian at Oregon State University. Libraries are good places to work if you're interested in lots of things like I am. Few people dream about becoming librarians when they are little, and I was not one of the ones who did. That's just as well since I wasn't very well informed when I was 5 years old -- I wanted to be a garbage man because you get to drive a cool truck. Fortunately, my parents weren't the kind of ninnies who think that kids should be encouraged to do everything that pops into their impressionable minds.

Before I became a librarian, I held a variety of interesting but low paying jobs. I worked in Czechoslovakia and Russia, I temped for a nonprofit in Washington DC, and I have more restaurant and retail experience than I feel like confessing to.

I liked all my jobs, including the ones where I just washed dishes for hours on end or mopped floors at two o'clock in the morning. Just as hunger is the best seasoning, the best way to find out what you want to do with your life and enjoy what you do is to get a crummy job. When you have spend every week listening to the same 20 minute Barney video over and over, dealing with scam artists trying to claim refunds for garbage they picked up at yard sales, or getting propositioned by weirdos while making late night deliveries, you quickly develop an incredibly clear sense of what you really want to do.

Although this page is about my professional life, I'm assuming that you're reading it because you're curious about what I do rather than thinking of offering me a job. If you do fall into the latter category for some reason, I recommend checking out the rest of my pages since they say what I'm like a lot better than this page does.