Happy Friday, everyone! Are your libraries teeming with stressed students as they sprint toward their final exams or graduation? Are you finding a particularly interesting array of food waste items and areas that look suspiciously like campsites in your libraries? How about therapy animals? A quick Google search for “therapy animals” and “final exams” reveals numerous campuses that take this approach. I say, bring on the puppies!
There’s been some big news from Capitol Hill this week for libraries: the passing of bill H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. I suggest reading these two takes on the decision and what it means for academic libraries: “A Worrisome Harbinger of Changes in Copyright Law” here in the Chronicle (apologies for the premium article); and “Big Content Cheers as Congress Votes on changes to US Copyright Office” here in Ars Technica. Nearly as interesting (and probably more stimulating) is the discussion this decision has spurred on several library listservs. We as librarians and information professionals are not of one mind on this decision and the impetus behind it, but there are some terrific critical conversations happening via email. Are you concerned about this bill?
In literary news, the 2017 Pulitzer winners were announced last week, and as always, I watch the fiction category with interest (it’s always such juicy gossip when they don’t pick a winner). This year’s top prize goes to Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. I haven’t read it yet, but I’d like to. In fact, I have a bit of a “bucket list” goal to read all the Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction titles in my life. I have a long way to go… Has anyone read The Underground Railroad? What’s your favorite Pulitzer-winning novel?
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.