“Believe in yourself even when no one else will.” ~ Sasquatch
The plan for this week was originally to attend a large meeting of IFLA officers in Den Haag The Netherlands. Last week I got notice that friend Marietta Watts would be retiring (for good this time – she’s tried twice before but got dragged back) this week, so I sent my regrets that I couldn’t attend. Well, the universe saw this week differently, what with mom’s accident, so I was able to attend Marietta’s send off after all. If I couldn’t be in Holland, I’d want to bid her farewell, so as consolation prizes go, I think I won the lottery.
Marietta has been more important to the University than you can possibly imagine. Athletes, coaches, and the occasional business success always get the glory for the University, but it’s people like Marietta with visionary ideas and enduring work ethic that really make a long-term difference. She has touched hundreds of people over the years in deep, vital ways. Most of us are replaceable. Marietta is not. As much as we’ll all miss her, I know she’s goin g to enjoy retirement. She’s earned it.
“Accept what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” ~ Unknown
I mentioned last week that Danielle won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance. Earlier in the month, one of her students, Johanna Ball, won the libraries’ awesome student award (it’s not really called the awesome award, but since I can’t remember the exact title right now, I’m going with awesome). Danielle and I took her out for lunch on her last day. We had a great time together and a really fun time doing some shots back in the office. Danielle and I have both been really fortunate to have great students like Johanna stay with us until they graduate. That was long enough for her to consider library school as a graduate goal. She’ll keep that consideration in check while she enjoys the summer. We’ll miss her good work but I have no doubt that she’ll do great whatever she decides to do.
“There is no greater wealth in this world than the peace of mind.” ~ Unknown
Tonight was the Library’s Spring Gala where yearly awards are presented. I’ve been privileged to work closely with almost everyone who took home an award. How lucky am I? Danielle Gabbard was one of those awardees. I work with her every day and she is amazing. She took home one of three Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance for the work she does. I couldn’t be more proud. Congratulations, Danielle! You deserve it.
“Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do.” ~ Unknown
It’s been one of the most technologically frustrating weeks of my career, and it’s pretty clear from the look on Doug’s face that he’d had a pretty rotten week, too. (we both got a big laugh out this picture) If I told you just how bad it was you wouldn’t believe me, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say it was really rotten. Thankfully, Ida Sell and Danielle Gabbard maintained a jolly outlook for us all. “But Abba got back together and they caught the Golden State Killer this week,” Danielle quipped. “So, see, it wasn’t all bad!” You can’t argue with that, and that’s one of the reasons I adore her. She sees the good in nearly every situation, and it helps remind me that I do, too. That’s especially important to remember when I’m struggling on days like this.
After we four grabbed a pick-me-up coffee I excused myself. It was a beautiful day, I had my camera, and I just needed a quiet, little adventure to ground me. Last Saturday I’d passed the front of the new Student Center and noticed major progress. It was begging a second look. I was across the street admiring the impressive UK stone work when I noticed students filing out the doors. I soon realized it was open. Naturally, I jaywalked in front of a cop to see for myself. (I did not get a ticket)
Last month, Mike Moore told me he had installed escalators in the new student center. I found them inside the bookstore, which opened just this week. Not only does it span two floors, accessible by said escalator, but it houses a Starbucks cafe – not just coffee, but cafe – as well as a small market that sells cold drinks and collage durable foods like chips and cookies. It’s impressive. I knew the old student center and Alumni Gym sections were still being renovated, but I wondered what else might be accessible. I decided to wander some more.
Earlier this week on social media I’d caught a glimpse of another Bowman statue (Bowman is the Kentucky Wildcat) being positioned somewhere inside the student center. He was easy enough to find. I just followed the crowds. I later learned from this video that this area is called the “social staircase.” It warmed my heart to watch parents photograph their collage-age children with Bowman. That’s the kind of photograph they’ll look back on someday with, I hope, fond memories of their time at the University of Kentucky. And just like that I’d been put right. My technological doldrums seemed a distant past. I left the new Student Center with a glimmer of hope, not just for the rest of my day, but for the future in general. This generation of young people are bright, talented, conscientious, and good. I’m glad that they’ll have a nice place to gather. I’m betting one of them will invent superior technology that will make my work-life a whole lot happier one day.
“The only limits you have are the limits you believe.” ~ Wayne Dyer
More library fun was had today with the annual student celebration. I ran into many sweet friends like Jen Bartlett and Shawn Livingston. Shawn and I had an engaging conversation before the festivities began, and Jen, of course, is the perfect hostess. I’ve always been proud of the library for treating student workers so well. I was very pleased that one of our students, Patricia Smith (below with Danielle Gabbard), was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for the excellent work she’s done with us. I must say this week has been kind and refreshing.
“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” ~ Leonard Cohen
Today concludes the last of the Library Spring Gala photos. You met Mark Cornelison back in 2014. He was the official photog at the gala, and boy did we all have a good time telling him congratulations. Not, because he was the photog, but because he’s going to be a dad very soon! I’m very excited for him. He’s great guy and he’ll be a great dad. The gala was fun, the people spectacular, and I am a lucky woman to know them all.
“Think good thoughts. Say nice things. Do good for others. Everything comes back.” ~ Unknown
I popped off a few selfies at Tuesday’s Library Spring Gala. The colors were garish, the exposures wrong, and paired with the completely wrong lens, I didn’t care for any of them. But I love the people with me, so I took a page from one of them; excellent photographer and Special Collections Associate Dean Deirdre Scaggs (above). Her work is warm, rich in texture, always with a hint of mystery. It’s very compelling. While these selfies are much more abstract, and not nearly as intriguing or even as fun as her work, they were nevertheless inspired by Deirdre. If you’re going to be inspired by someone, make it someone good. Deirdre fills that bill.
I would not have gotten the Dean’s Award without Danielle Gabbard, plain and simple. I depend on her every day. She has never shied away from a task, and even asks for more work. She’s shy, soft spoken, extremely kind, and a hard, conscientious worker. I got lucky the day she walked into the Nunn Center which was about six months before I did!
It’s a Jen sandwich: Jen Martin (top) and Jen Bartlett were both dressed to the nines in their sexy black dresses on Tuesday. It’s tough to be a dumpy middle aged chick between two beauties like them. What’s not tough is being in the company of such incredibly gifted women who share their knowledge and kindness at every turn. That’s the Jens, and I’m one lucky gal to know them.
“Failure is a necessary part of success. [It] helps to break down the obstacles that perfectionism and self-doubt can create.” ~ Jon Wadswoth
Tonight I received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance at the annual Library Gala. They were prepared to bring it to me in my seat, but I insisted I walk up to get it. The limp was a little abnormal, but otherwise, it was all good. The Dean was very gracious to me, and I had the chance to share the event with many people I love and admire. You’ll see pictures of many of them as the week moves along, but for tonight I thought I’d present just one of the highlights of the evening (in addition to the super awesome award). Jaime Burton was sweet enough to photograph a toast I made to boss Doug Boyd (who nominated me for the award), Danielle Gabbard (without whose help I would have never been able to achieve everything that got me the award), and our most awesome CEP Fellow Cecilia Virtue who’s getting married soon in Iceland (how cool – ha ha – is that?). It was the traditional Angie Bliss-Fanning Oklahoma toast; a salute that can only be presented to people you trust, reserved for those whom you would call friends. These three – and Jaime – definitely qualify. A good time was had by all.
“If you are busy
Calculating how things should be or should not be –
how the world should treat you –
how your past was magnificent or dreadful – —
you continue to play old music in your mind –
then you cannot be available to the guidance’s and unexpected gifts
and little miracles life brings you everyday.”
~ Guthema Roba
We got to meet Elodie Mummey for the first time today. Colleague Megan, Elodie’s mom (making faces at Elodie), brought her by the office to show her off. She’s about two months old, give or take, and sweet, sweet, sweet. Her little turquoise sweater matches her cute ginger hair. She’s extraordinarily attached to her mom right now, but I’m willing to bet she’ll be a daddy’s girl in no time. I’m told big brother Flynn really likes her, too. So much so that he’s willing to wake her to show off his water shoes. I look forward to watching Elodie and Flynn grow up. They’re both cute as can be, and with super parents like Megan and Bo they’re sure to become wonderful people.