Rumors from the ATG NewsChannel 7/7/14

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katinaBy Katina Strauch

I learned recently at a town hall meeting with a fire marshall that a swimming pool might help with fire protection if one gets desperate.  Ahem.  I have never wanted a swimming pool. There are so many reasons not to even consider one. Liability insurance, building costs, water purification systems, I could go on and on.  However, was talking to one of our wonderful student workers, Rebecca Saunders about this the other day,  Rebecca tells me that her parents had a swimming pool purification business in Walterboro ten or so years ago before the bottom dropped out of the economy. : (

This gives me an opportunity to tell y’all about Rebecca who is a delightful College of Charleston sophomore Who works in the library and loves books, especially print books! We are trying to talk her into being a librarian when she grows up and she likes the idea. BTW, Rebecca will be working with the Charleston Conference team in November. Y’all have to meet her!

Speaking of which, Rebecca and I bonded because I was reaching The Chief, the Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw (Mariner Books, 2001) (Anthea Stratigos told me she was enjoying it and, boy, what a great recommendation!). Rebecca, a scholarly sort, told me that she had written a paper about the conflict between Hearst and  Orson Welles over the movie Citizen Kane.  The documentary which accompanies the movie – The Battle Over Citizen Kane — is riveting. I checked it out from the Library. Highly recommended!

This led to a search on LinkedIn  for Nancy E. Loe who was an archivist interviewed extensively on the documentary The Battle Over Citizen Kane.  Learned that from 1982-2009, Nancy E. Loe served as Head of Special Collections and University Archives at California  Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She graduated from The Catholic University of America with master’s degrees in American History and Library Science with an archives administration specialization. She served as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution and has worked in a number of library settings.  Apparently, Nancy is now owner, Sassy Jane Genealogy. What an exciting life she has! “ Learned from the website that “Loe: is a Norwegian habitational name from any of several farms named Lo, from Old Norse Ló, of uncertain etymology”

Speaking of which, Greg Tananbaum is planning a CHORUS and SHARE panel in Charleston and so is Scott Plutchak. Have you greenturned in your idea for a session yet?

Speaking of ATG, April 2014, did you notice the picture of Dongmei Cao’s daughter Charlotte? To celebrate Charlotte’s 100th day of birth, Dongmei and her husband and Charlotte’s sister Emma, brought in lemon cookies to celebrate. Much fun was had by all!!

More photos! The accomplished Susan Davis Bartl added four photos from June 28 to the album ALCTS HonorsSusan was  part of the inaugural class of honorees for sustained and exemplary service to the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)a division of the American Library Association. June 28, 2014! Hooray!

More things to celebrate! The tireless Dimi Berkner (was when she was at Oryx when we first met?) senior marketing manager John Wiley just celebrated a birthday. Dimi says she is looking forward to a new phase in her life. Her last day at Wiley will be July 25. Keep us posted on your new ventures into new places, please Dimi!  Interesting that Dimi’s picture was recently taken in the New Leaf restaurant in New York! We have a New Leaf in Charleston too! Not sure if the same chain or not. Check it out when you are in Charleston in November!

More birthdays! The magical Sue Vazakas had one on July 1.

Did you hear that Cyril Oberlander is leaving SUNY Geneseo for Humboldt State University in Arcata, California where he will expand his OA textbook publishing program to the UC system uniting it with the SUNY system. He will bring over one million students into the purview of his open textbook plan. Bob Nardini introduced him as “Mr. Disruption” at the PVLR committee forum.

Harking back to an earlier post about sleeping in last week’s ATG’s Rumors, Stephen Abram (principal Lighthouse Consulting) sends a link to “Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More,” March 18, 2014. “In some places, towns essentially shut down in the afternoon while everyone goes home for a siesta. Unfortunately, in the U.S.—more bound to our corporate lifestyles than our health—a mid-day nap is seen as a luxury and, in some cases, a sign of pure laziness. But before you feel guilty about that weekend snooze or falling asleep during a movie, rest assured that napping is actually good for you and a completely natural phenomena in the circadian (sleep-wake cycle) rhythm.”  You read it here!  Stephen has keynoted the Charleston Conference several times (2003 for sure) as well as many other famous conferences! I doubt that he spends a lot of time napping!

Saw that Andrew K. Pace (executive director, OCLC) (also known as “hectic”pace, see Chas conference and ATG  (2008) was trying to have some post-ALA days off on the NC coast. Hurricane-prep wasn’t on his “to do” list!

Got word that the where-does-she-get-her-stamina Helen Henderson  was totally chilled after a day at Eastthorpe Hall including wrap, facial,  different massages and much more. Helen even had her own personal therapist!


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