Hectic Pace is a collection of thoughts, essays, pointers to other library thinkers and doers. It began in June 2006 as a blog supplement to Andrew Pace’s Technically Speaking column in American Libraries. That supplement lasted until December 2007. In 2008, the blog moved to the OCLC domain and ran until 2013. After a long hiatus, Hectic Pace was re-launched on its own domain. Past posts from its American Libraries run (2006-2007) and OCLC run (2008-2013) have been migrated to the hecticpace.com domain.
As Executive Director of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, Andrew leads the consortium of 19 academic libraries across the state of Maryland, centrally hosting management, discovery, and resource sharing applications for millions of print, licensed, and open access resources. His team also leads new digital initiatives in digital asset management, OER, and new service development. And the consortium serves as a hub for communities of practice, professional development, and expert convenings. Andrew held previous Executive Director positions at OCLC, where he managed cloud-based application development and later led teams focused on data science and applied research. Prior to OCLC, he was Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries. Andrew is active in the American Library Association. He has presented at dozens of conferences and is the author of two monographs and several book chapters and articles dealing with library technology, product and project management, and community building.