In about a month I step down as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph. I’m about to become a “has been” and I’m looking forward to it.
As a senior administrator I’m privy to lots of interesting things: the senior management briefings, the confidential reports, the strategic discussions, the inside information. I’m not going to be part of these any more. Others will continue to get this stuff, but not me. I’ll be unnecessary in this context – a has been.
Don’t worry, you don’t detect any second thoughts about my decision to leave my current position. Just the opposite. Becoming a “has been” means I can focus on the real objective of my sabbatical: exploring what I “will be.” Whatever that is.
Some of what I’m doing is re-inventing myself. Thinking about (and doing) things from a different perspective; viewing the world through a different lens. I certainly want to re-connect to my professional roots (librarianship) but I also want to explore my academic interests (post literacy) and my administrative interests (higher education policy).
While there is privileged access to information and people in my current role, I’m looking forward to being an outsider for a change.
So, bring on the “has been” status. It’s the first step towards “will be” and many new perspectives.