It was sad to learn of the death of Birdie MacLennan, a longtime, active NASIG member, colleague, and contributor to many other organizations and projects. Joyce Tenney, NASIG president, has announced that the NASIG Executive Board has voted to dedicate the 2014 NASIG Conference Proceedings in memory of Birdie MacLennan. Tenney said: “This is a small way to acknowledge her many contributions to NASIG and the great serials community. Additional discussions are ongoing, as to other possible ways to honor Birdie’s many contributions and lovely spirit.”
Did y’all see the article in the Guardian about The Women’s Library, the oldest and most extensive collection on women’s history in Europe? The Women’s Library lost its home when the London Metropolitan University could not afford to run it. Against the Grain interviewed Liz Chapman, the Director of Library Services at the London School of Economics which won the privilege of receiving the collection. Back in September, 2013, Liz told us: “I made a business case at LSE with substantial academic backing and took the proposal through many committees. Ably supported by my staff, we put together a professional bid for the August 2012 deadline and in late September knew we had been approved. Seven universities expressed initial interest in bidding. There was a fair amount of protest as we [were] moving the collection to LSE, not leaving it in its … specially-adapted building.” The LSE became legal owners in January 2013. From the Guardian, “A formal opening ceremony for the new home, a handsome fourth-floor reading room within the LSE library, with speakers including the former Irish president and UN high commissioner Mary Robinson, [was] held on Wednesday, March 12. … The LSE is unusual among university libraries in giving public access to general readers … the Women’s Library will be more accessible than ever in its new home – and the collection is also gradually being digitised.” What can happen when you put librarians in charge! Be sure and read our interview with Liz because there is much more information about the LSE and Liz herself.
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.