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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august 15, 2016

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“And here you are living despite it all.” ~ Rupi Kaur

 

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good eggs

 

I’d like you to meet my long-time friends Sue Kellerman and Karen Estlund. I’ve known Sue for nearly as long as I’ve been at UK. She’s one of America’s top preservation librarians, and she’s been involved with IFLA for as long as I’ve known her. She very wisely recruited Karen to work with her at Penn State. I met Karen years ago when she had just taken over the newspaper program at Oregon after helping run the Utah Newspaper program. Now, she’s with Sue at Penn State. Karen gave an impassioned keynote address at today’s IFLA News Media session. I wanted to stand up and yell ‘Amen’, but I thought better of it in the end. But I love people who are passionate about what they do, and Karen fits the bill. Karen and Sue: a dynamic duo, and two extremely smart people with a sense of humor. I’m proud to call them friends.

may 11, 2015

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“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.” ~ Unknown

 

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the cool kids

I spent my day hangin’ with cool kids Karen Estlund (Oregon), Shawn Schollmeyer (Washington), Eric Weig (Kentucky) and Brian Geiger (California). We were part of a larger meeting concerning the preservation and access of news. This is a very complex archival issue, and it’s one that will always be engaging for me, in part because I’ve done it for so long, but mostly because I believe it’s one of the most important preservation issues facing the world (not an exaggeration – I mean whole world). Today, news evolves faster than it ever has. How well we preserve that news depends on the choices we make today, and how well scholars in the not-too-distant future will be able to evaluate our collective history based on what we save for them.  I cannot underscore enough the value to our society of that final point. These goofy friends were involved in the National Digital Newspaper Program with Eric and I, so we’ve had many years to get to know and appreciate who they are, and what they’re all about. It’s people like them – and us – that keep the brain wheels turning on how to capture, preserve and fund our shared first drafts of history. I’m so thankful for all their hard work and years of friendship. I’m especially grateful to Eric for being my friend, and being so darned smart (being my friend is not a qualifier for smart, just to be clear). I love it when the goodness just clicks, and this bunch clicks every time we meet. I don’t know how much luckier I could be.