News of my joining Lyrasis has been officially reported (“Timothy Daniels and Peter Murray to Lead LYRASIS Technology Services” [PDF]) so I can talk about it here now. On September 10th I left OhioLINK to join LYRASIS on September 13th as the assistant director for the newly emerging LYRASIS Technology Services (LTS). Along with Tim Daniels, I’ll be forming a group to help members among the various open source and commercial software options works best for their situations, including options where LYRASIS can effectively and efficiently aggregate Software-as-a-Service hosting options.
On a personal note, one of the best parts about the position is that I will not have to move from central Ohio. Given that LYRASIS comes from the merger of three other consortia (PALINET, SOLINET, and NELINET) about 40% of staff are not in the LYRASIS home office in Atlanta. The organization is making use of virtual office tools such as video Skype and SharePoint to stay connected.
This new position shouldn’t impact the content of DLTJ. I probably won’t focus as much on the textbook ecosystem and accessibility services in higher education, but I’m sure these topics will be replaced by others. If anything, hopefully the posting frequency will increase back to its previous roughly-10-posts-per-month level.