While all of you were heading to your Oscar’s parties, I am here slaving over Rumors for this week. Boo hiss! I wonder which will win “best picture”?
The Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston is beginning a huge renovation project that will take place over the entire summer. We are partnering with the SC Historical Society and many of their records will be in our catalog and in our Special Collections. We are also adding additional student seating. During the renovation, the entire second and third floors will be closed for at least four months. Technical Services is more than a little stressed since we are on the second floor and EVERYONE in my department has to move somewhere on the first floor. This is in the middle of the end of the budget year, exams and faculty ordering, etc., etc. OUCH!!!! As you might imagine, genealogy is a big area of interest to the SCHS types. Just learned that OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org. Several people wit FamilySearch connections have come to the Charleston Conference. We are learning more and more about genealogy!
The February issue of Against the Grain is at the printer. Late. Our excuse is snow and ice which have greatly delayed us. But, stay tuned, you should be getting the Feb issue soon! And one of our new online and print columnists is Joanna Ptolomey who is a freelance information professional in Glasgow, Scotland. She has had quite an interesting career! Plus she is a concert flautist. See her profile at ATG Star of the Week: Joanna Ptolomey.
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.