“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~ Nora Ephron
Over the past two days I had the chance to see many of my beloved colleagues from my days at the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The always completely delightful Gina Costello (above) was the last NDNPer I ran into, but we made up for lost time with a nice chat before the last session. She’s at LSU, and naturally, continues to do the good, important work. LSU is darned lucky to have her for sure.
Santi Thompson (above but unaware he’s being photographed) shot up the ranks, moving from the South Carolina NDNP project to Houston U where he’s kickin’ butt and taking names. He did a segment for our online microfilm-to-digital tutorials, and let me tell you, he’s a hoot and a half. SC’s loss was Houston’s gain for sure. It’s little wonder he’s making waves in the profession. Karen Estlund (below) was destined for greatness from the start, so it’s little wonder she’s got most of the Penn State Library answering to her these days. And in her spare time she’s almost done with her PhD in….computing archeology, or some such as that. She’s whip smart in case that wasn’t already apparent, and she’s as generous and kind with her knowledge as you’d expect someone with that smile to be. Then there’s sweet Ivey Glendon (above and below), the first NDNPer I ran into at this conference. She’s also doing incredible things for the library profession. She gave a great presentation today on her latest project at UVA, and she’s soon making a major move back to DC. I’m super excited for her, and what an absolute joy to run into her multiple times over the last two days. She was always a ray of sunshine and she still is. All of these people hold a special place in my heart. They made some of my best librarian years exciting, engaging, and super positive. I will forever be grateful to them.