Richard J. Pugh

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Who I am

I’m a transplanted Upstate New Yorker, who now lives in Culpeper, Virginia. For most of my career I was a technical service librarian. That means I was one of the guys handling things behind the scenes. I have worked with the US-Marc format, The Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (Second edition), the Library of Congress Subject Headings, OCLC, the Dewey Decimal System, and other tools. I have also been responsible for maintaining documents on World Wide Web systems, and I have assisted in Internet training workshops. My computer experience includes five programming languages, as well as Windows, Macintosh, Linux, FreeBSD, Unix, Android, and DOS operating systems. I am currently navigating a new job search, and considering a career change.

From March of 1996 until July of 2007, I was a Capital critter, living and building a career in the Washington area. Prior to that I had worked in and around Ithaca, New York, Syracuse, New York, and (very briefly) Providence, Rhode Island. Career development brought me to the nation’s capital, and for over a decade I worked in various locations in and around the Washington, DC area. Washington is an exciting place, but at the same time, it’s a constant rat race. After ten years, I had grown tired of the fast paced life of the nation’s capital, and longed for the thick forests and gentle hills I remembered. You can take the boy out of the country, but I guess you can’t take the country out of the boy. As luck would have it, the Library of Congress was setting up a branch operation in north central Virginia, and I was able to transfer in August of 2007.

I live in a small hamlet just outside of Culpeper, with my lovely wife Lisa, our beautiful daughter Caitlin, our handsome son Michael, and a headstrong border collie named Doctor Watson. My interests include writing, music, computers, Chinese cooking, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, puppetry, space exploration, hiking, bike riding, and square foot gardening.

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