I am also an academic librarian. In fact I did things the other way around – I was a librarian already when I did my doctorate and have remained in the same job, but my career has taken off in all sorts of directions since I graduated in 2001. I have adjunct academic status at my university (Flinders University in South Australia), I’m the founding editor of two academic journals, I present regularly at conferences in Australia and abroad, and have published several books and many articles.
Although I have applied for one or two academic jobs, on the whole I’m happy to have stayed where I am. I think I have the best of both worlds in many ways.
Hi, I’m Amanda French — I helped the MLA write the Mellon grant that funded the proseminar. Hope you don’t mind if I eavesdrop! I got a PhD in English in 2004 from UVA and since then have been working in libraries and digital humanities. I was THATCamp Coordinator from 2010-2014, and I’m currently Director of Digital Research Services at Virginia Tech Libraries. See http://amandafrench.net for more about me.