by Jonathan Harwell, Rollins College
It’s great to be back in Hot Topics Land after a time of transition, as I’ve been fortunate to relocate to the breathtaking campus of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and have been warmly welcomed by an amazing library team.
As I’ve been catching up on the news, there are a couple of items that stand out. I see that Tom Gilson has already been on the spot in reporting on the famous memo at Harvard. If you haven’t already, take a look at the 9 recommended actions in the original memo here. Here’s a reaction from Cathy Davidson at HASTAC. Please comment and let us know your thoughts, or tell us what other big news we might have missed recently!
Meanwhile, in less contentious but just as exciting news, Marie Malchodi has earned her 15 minutes of fame while burrowing through rare books at Brown University’s John Hay Library. Dan Barry tells the story beautifully in the New York Times here.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.