Lots has been going on and I have been out of touch! Oops! But here I am again with ATG Newschannel Rumors!
I attended an excellent Fiesole Retreat in Berlin May 3-10. Very provocative! The theme was Competing in the Digital Space: Evolving Roles for Libraries and Publishers. There is a report forthcoming in The Charleston Report. And check out the website.
As a related plus to the Retreat, we received a copy of a small book called The SAGE Story, 50 years. It is fun to look back at the beginning of the company we all know and love. A timeline takes us through the company history – first Sage Journal content available online, launch of Sage Reference, Sage acquisition of Adam Matthew Digital and much more. There are several pictures of the awesomely energetic Sara Miller McCune who started the company in a one-room office in New York. She had only 3 !/2 years of experience! It was 1965. Talk about one gutsy woman!
Reminds me of the gutsy Rolf Janke who launched Sage Reference back in 2001. And now he is on to even more with Mission Bell Media. MBM’s very first reference titles are in press and should be on the streets in just a few weeks. The digital versions of MBM titles are exclusively available on Credo and Rolf will be at ALA in San Francisco!
Chuck Hamaker has been in the hospital with a tumor on his right eye. He is better but does not have full vision. But in the meantime he and his long-time partner Marc got married in May. Congrats, Chuck and Marc! And we all know that Chuck never slows down! He is planning on being in Charleston in November!
There was a retirement party for Susan Zappen and I regret that I could not be there. Unfortunately, Susan can’t attend this year’s Charleston Conference. She has made a commitment to help plan a New Year’s Eve dinner/dance for the three ballroom dance clubs in the capital district. The promotional blitz is at the same time as the conference. Sounds like great fun. Susan promises to be with us as a Mentor in 2016 and she is still using her Skidmore email address.
Registration for the 2015 Charleston Conference is now open and we have a lot of people already registered and it’s the beginning of June. Come on down!
Speaking of the Conference, last Friday the May 29th we had a meeting with the team at the Gaillard Center in Charleston. We could not go inside the facility but we saw floor plans, seating charts, schedules, etc. The Center’s official opening is October 18 and we are planning to be the first to use the facility! We will still have some concurrent sessions in familiar venues – the Francis Marion, The Marriott Courtyard, and the Embassy Suites but the Gaillard has a large recital hall which we will be able to use for Plenaries and possibly Neapolitans as well as six large breakout rooms which we can use for concurrent sessions. We are really looking forward to the new venue. All comments are always welcome!
Meanwhile, back at the Web, we have a new website and email address for the Conference — http://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com
Yours truly is excited and proud to report that I have been elected to the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors beginning July 1, 2015 for a four-year term. Thanks to UNC-CH for nominating me and especially to Fred Roper, faculty member at USC SILS and retired faculty member at UNC-CH and my long-time mentor.
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.