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Long time no entry; part of this is the announcement that went live today:

My name’s Julia Beck, and I’m a member of the OTW Board of Directors. I wanted to let you know I need to take a hiatus from my OTW work, including my Board duties, effective immediately. Because of my current situation outside of the organization, I’m not able to fulfill my Board duties as well as the organization needs and deserves. The Board discussed several options, but agreed that my going on leave until the start of the new term would be preferable to my stepping back altogether. As the mid-January start of the 2013 term coincides with the deadline for an important personal project, I’m confident that I’ll be able to make a full return at that time. I apologize for the additional work this is causing, and want to thank my fellow Board members for their trust. I’m also grateful to the candidates stepping up to this year’s Board election, and am looking forward to working with the newly formed Board in January. Thank you for your understanding.

I am sorry, for what it's worth, but I was (am) being buried by RL issues, and my OTW work has noticeably suffered for it. (I'm especially sorry to the committees I should have been *properly liasing* with.) I still have so many Opinions and Feelings and Goals, but what use is that if I can't put in the work towards implementing those?

I do know that new Board members Franzi, Eylul and Andrea in many ways share my priorities (as evidenced in their candidate manifestos), so that's definitely a weight off my mind. Thanks for taking up the torch, guys.

Alright, enough whinging. I wanted to recommend two things:

- Board president Kristen's excellent and thoughtful recent post Spotlight on Board: Kristen Murphy on Personal and Professional Development. It's a good reflection on why I love and admire Kristen.

- The journal of new translation chair (i.e. my successor's :D) Agnieszka, [personal profile] agnieszkas. She's opinionated and funny. Go follow her :)
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I wrote a post -- the first in a regular, unthemed series -- for the OTW blog. It took us a while to kick this off, but Board had planned to be a little more visible and vocal in this manner pretty much since the start of term, and a mid-year check-in served as a good reminder to actually do it.

Spotlight on Board: Julia Beck on Committee Liaising
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There are some recent discussions about OTW Board work and meetings by [personal profile] jennyst (Tired, Clarifications and news) and [personal profile] ira_gladkova (Goals Update + Types and Visibility of Board Work).

I wanted to flag why I'm not weighing in on this in any substantial way: I'd like to save that for official communication. It's not that I don't think writing in our private spaces doesn't have value, and I know that keeping things personal is often crucial, but I'm keen to see more of this information in our official settings. Specifically, we're trying to create a series of blog posts by Board members; unsurprisingly, because of recent absences and trouble, this has been floundering, but I'll get on it again this week. (So, basically, if I feel an overwhelming urge to talk about those things, I better make sure I help create a framework where I can do that in an official capacity, too.)*

There's one thing I wanted to add as a tag to the "Board work" part of Ira's post, though: I specifically understand this Board as one for transitioning OTW into a more stable and sustainable place, where, for example, chairs have more structural support and training from the get-go, and less Board liaising is needed. So what Ira is talking about isn't necessarily meant as a recipe for Board work going forward; it's a description of what we're currently using to get to that more structured, less improvised place.

* well, okay, one thought. More power to efforts like [personal profile] unofficialotwnews. Why? Because I agree that it's addressing a shortfall on our side, namely, the lack of a community space for people to compile or talk about OTW issues. Right now, people flock to anon memes, which -- sorry -- tends to breed and perpetuate misinformation. So I'm all for establishing open and less self-selecting spaces, and we're actually at the preliminary stages of creating OTW-wide forums, but it's a ways off. (First step: set up Fanlore forums. Open to Fanlore users. Iron out kinks. Then expand those to general forums.) So yeah, I'm fully behind forums, and will do my best to facilitate them, even if it will take a long time.


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