december 11, 2018

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“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ~ Nora Ephron

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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june 11, 2016

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“If you’re ever feeling lonely just look at the moon.
Someone, somewhere is looking right at it, too.”
~ Unknown

 

saying goodbye (snapseed)
saying goodbye (snapseed)

 

Yesterday was Stacie Williams’ (center) last day at UK. She’s moving on to greener pastures in Cleveland with her husband and beautiful son, Sheridan. Of course we couldn’t let her go without a fire alarm. There we all were in the hot shade, waiting for the fire department to give the all clear, as poor Stacie sweltered in the heat of a baby (Sheridan’s brother) that’s just about ready to call this planet home. Stacie is a great person, an kind colleague, and most importantly, an intelligent voice at the table. Thank you for being part of us, Stacie. I’m going to miss your spark.

may 19, 2016

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

 

photo by the awesome Peter Hesseldenz
photo by the awesome Peter Hesseldenz

 

Cecilia “Ceci” Virtue, whom you met last week during the Library gala, gave a presentation today on her experience as a Career Enhancement Program (CEP) Fellow at UK Libraries. Judy Sackett, who has lead the CEP program at UK since 2009, asked me to bring my camera. As we were doing some group photos I handed Peter Hesseldenz the camera and took my place beside Judy. All of the women in this photo worked with Ceci during her fellowship, and I think I can speak for all of us when I say she is a real breath of fresh air. She’s really smart, funny, and she’s always in a good mood even when her allergies are misbehaving. Someone in another group photo, I’m not sure who, sounded a bit disparaged at the possibility they’d end up in the outhouse. So, instead, I put a picture of myself in the outhouse. I also happen to be with four of my favorite people, one of whom could have been the critic for all I know. In any case, I’m proud to be part of their world, and I’m honored to have them part of mine. I hope they don’t mind that I share my joy of them with Netizens, as my friend Jimmy Duckworth calls readers of the internet. I love how fun we look in this picture. It makes me happy.

may 4, 2016

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“Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong,
but because you’re doing something right.” ~ Unknown

 

pronounced "Yo-nun" (snapseed)
pronounced “Yo-nun” (snapseed)

 

Okay, I’ll admit it. I had a darned near perfect day. Let me back up. On Monday, awesome boss Doug Boyd gave me a gift he’d found while going through some things at home. This morning, while he and I were having a nice chat, in walks Crystal Heis: show and tell time! Doug gave me a tiny light meter (above). It sits on a camera’s hot shoe and runs on a watch battery. Crys and I tried to find some history on it. The best we could come up with was a $75 bid for one on eBay, and a video voiced in Dutch (zero help). Exit Crystal and Doug, enter Jen Bartlett and Shawn Livingston (below). They mostly dropped in to say hi with a sweet thank you card. Jen had just come from the dentist still numb. I’m happy to report she didn’t drool. Soon, Crys and I found ourselves at Le Madeleine people watching and having a great talk over breakfast food. The afternoon eventually gave way to a presentation by our Diversity Students wherein Jo Staggs-Neel told me I had movie star hair and Beth Kramer said she couldn’t tell I’d gained any weight. I told them I was buying a lottery ticket on the way home after such reviews. I topped that off with a great talk with Shawn on my way out (I saw he and Jen twice today – I really should have bought that lottery ticket). Did I mention my day started by getting the parking space closest to the garage exit? (this is a big deal, trust me) I had a feeling it was gonna be a good day, and it sure was. Many of my co-workers aren’t just colleagues, they’re friends. Really great, irreplaceable life-long friends. I’m blessed beyond measure.

 

trouble (snapseed)
trouble (snapseed)

august 19, 2015

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

 

savor the bunch
savor the bunch

 

It is a rare thing as a supervisor to have every single person in the office be just the most awesome people ever. It is a rare thing as a co-worker to have every single person in the office be just the most awesome people ever. I am the luckiest supervisor and coworker you’ve likely met because I am surrounded by awesome.

 

triple threat
triple threat

 

Nathan Moore happens to be one of the finest and smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Today was his last day with us before he heads to graduate school in Buffalo, NY. Former intern (as of last week), world traveler, dedicated tennis player, and Berea College student Christine Gilbert-Crawford, right, got cheated out of her going away lunch last week because I was a too-busy-airhead. Being the super awesome friend and coworker she is, she drove in from Berea (no small thing on move-in day) to join us for lunch. And because I was a too-busy-airhead last week, we also missed Danielle Gabbard’s, left, birthday. So, today we celebrated all three of them!

 

say what?
say what?

 

I gotta say that Christine and Nathan were an absolute joy to be around. They were always happy, and they were happy together. I can only hope their replacements are half as sweet and fun as they were. I feel like a mom sending my kids off to college. Fortunately, I don’t get their tuition bills. I’m so very fortunate in so many ways, not the least of which are all these awesome people.