Well to paraphrase liberally, there is no joy in “horseville” now that California Chrome failed in
his Triple Crown attempt on Saturday. We will have to wait another season for another hopeful to emerge. I remember back a few years, I think it was 2008, when I was in San Diego and was watching the Belmont with Leslie Abrams and her son. Big Brown was favored to win the Belmont but didn’t even finish because of an injury. We were sad. Leslie, as you will remember, used to work at the College of Charleston and is now Director Collection Development and Management at UCSD. Leslie has come to the last two Charleston Conferences and plans to come this year!
Speaking of the 2014 Charleston Conference (theme this year “The Importance of Being Earnest’) I was shocked to see that we had 65 registrations already and we just opened registration beginning of the week! And! We have two new events!
- First, on Monday November 3 (all day) and Tuesday November 5 (half day), the School of Information and Library Science of UNC-Chapel Hill and the Charleston Conference will present Introduction to Data Curation to be provided by Professors Cal Lee and Jonathan Crabtree. Libraries and archives are increasingly responsible for curation of digital data. This workshop will be an interactive event, including a combination of lecture, discussion, and engagement with data creators. Registration is now open!
- The second new event — On Saturday, November 8, we will have a change of pace. Instead of the Rump Session, we will have a short seminar, “Being Earnest with Our Collections: Key Challenges and Best Practices” is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, from 12:15 – 3:00 pm and will include lunch for those who sign up in advance when registering for the Conference – followed by a lively discussion of major topics impacting academic libraries. Library leaders have been invited to help craft responses to the issues that arise at the conference.
And the Saturday Seminar is free! (Or perhaps we should say, part of your registration.)
We told you on May 19 John Riley has left Busca, Inc. John will be working with Against the Grain and The Charleston Conference. (We hope you have been noticing his Daily Quirkies on the ATG NewsChannel.)
Returning to John and Busca, we were excited to learn that Ambassador Education Solutions has hired the top-notch Michael Cooper as Business Development Manager of its Library Services Division. As we all know, Michael has more than three decades of experience in the library services industries, where he has helped libraries around the world build robust collections of the most in-demand titles. Congratulations to both Michael and Ambassador!
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.