Media and Current Periodicals
Eric is celebrating a blessed family event. His Adenium obesum var."Karoo Rose," a plant which hails from South Africa, is blooming for the second time since 1986! The flowers are pink, with a lemony yellow center, and there are currently six of them.
Wendy has made her first rhubarb pie of the season. Summer is almost here.
Office of the University Librarian
CAROL LUCCHESI was hired as Library Assistant III, Grade 10, in Serials as of March 30, 1998. She had been a student assistant in DADS for a year and a half.
APRIL ROBERTSON resigned her position as Program Assistant II in the Office of Information Literacy on April 7.
PANOS STEPHENS has been hired as half-time Library Assistant III, Grade 10, effective June 9, 1998. He will serve as course reserve assistant in DADS. Panos comes from Connecticut and has approximately six years of broad library experience.
Glenda Neely and her family took a vacation to the San Francisco area to visit relatives and to sightsee. The weather was cool but beautiful. They enjoyed seeing the Legion of Honor museum and visiting the Stanford campus.
The photographic work of Barbara Crawford (Fine Prints Curator) and students, Deirdre Scaggs and Robin Wallace will be represented in "Quixotic, Exotic" which opens May 29 at Artswatch, 2337 Frankfort Avenue. The show will continue through June 27.
Susi Knoer was in Cincinnati recently, selling her scale miniatures at a miniature show. (She's an Artisan designate of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans for her needlework.) Susi says that miniatures are an extension of her theater work, with all the design elements but no egos. "When a doll just doesn't work out, you can dismember it or throw it away. Equity fines you for that," she says.
Susi and volunteer James Calvert built a model of the UofL streetcar loop, the station, and the trolleys for the current Bicentennial exhibit, Our Streetcar Campus.
Once again we have the pleasure of working with our favorite Parisian librarian volunteer. (Well, actually she is our only Parisian librarian volunteer, but we really like her!) Nadia Pazolis has visited Louisville once every two years for the past six years. She says she is perfecting her English. Nadia is an Audiovisual Librarian for the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The BnF (the equivalent to our Library of Congress) is the legal depository for all multimedia and print materials, maps, coins and metals, and engravings published in France. Nadia works in the CD-Rom section of the audiovisual department, which also includes sound and video. (A benefit of the job is that Nadia and her colleagues are the first to experience all the new music, games and videos.) It is her job to create records for the national bibliographic database. Publishers, distributors or producers must deposit two copies of each document (only one if less that 50 copies) to the BnF approximately 48 hours before the publication date. This guarantees them legal protection and a record in the BnF database. One copy will be stored in the "low level" of the BnF for researchers and "accredited people" and the other copy will be forever stored in an annex for conservation where no one will ever have access to it. While staying in Louisville, Nadia has spent much of her time chez les Purcell. Some of her favorite pastimes are seeing American movies, reading Calvin and Hobbes and walking. She has introduced Amy and Mike to the best French chocolate ... 72%, 74% and 76% pure chocolate. Needless to say, Nadia is serious about her chocolate.
Jan Kulkarni attended the Chemical Information Programs session of the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas on March 28-31. All Jan's expenses for the conference were funded by the Chemistry Department.
Michael Purcell is the soccer coach for the Holy Spirit Falcons. The team, which includes his stepson Sam, is made up of 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. They have won their first three games: 13-0, 2-0 and 3-0. It's his first coaching experience.
Felix Garza recently returned from a trip to south Texas, where it was "hot, hot, sweaty hot."
Kathy Rogers made a quick trip to St. Louis, where she visited the Arch and toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
Nancy Utterback and Judy Wulff attended the KLA Academic and Special Sections Meeting at Lake Cumberland State Park.
Kornhauser Library will host a teleconference on May 12, "The Digital Library: An Oxymoron."
Welcome to Martha "Marty" Shearer, the new library assistant at the Rowntree Library (University Hospital Library).
On May 22 the LMO will perform at the Kosair "By the River" Theme Night at the Kosair Temple on South Second Street in downtown Louisville. This will mark the first time the LMO has played for the Shriners. Details to follow in the June Owl...
If you would like more information about the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, please contact Robin Harris at 6083 or visit our LMO website http://www.iglou.com/dba/LMO/
Circulation clerk Julia Nuss spent Spring Break in New York City visiting a friend and checking out John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She spent her time sightseeing, running and biking. She also hooked up with Marie Outters, one of our student workers from France, at Times Square and together they hit the dance clubs in the Village.
Melissa Long Shuter has recently joined a small entertainment software company, MicroFest, Inc., as their Vice President of Marketing. MicroFest, Inc. is the maker of the Pool-Side suite of sports entertainment software. Their latest program, (just in time for Derby) is Backyard Bookie, a personal pari-mutuel tote board simulator. Their other product is Tourney Tracker, the best way to manage your office or neighborhood pool for ANY standard single-elimination tournament! Check out MicroFest's web site at http://www.microfest.com and download a free trial of the software.
Listening Area student assistant Andrea Vela was guest conductor for the April 5 concert of the Jewish Community Center Orchestra and will also conduct J.C.C.O.'s May 17 concert.
Andrea will graduate in May with an undergraduate degree from the School of Music, where she has studied orchestral conducting and violin.
In the fall, Andrea, who is from Quito, Ecuador, will begin work on a master's degree in conducting with Harold Fabermann at the Hyatt School of Music at University of Hartford. Although we'll be sorry to see her leave, we certainly wish Andrea the best as she pursues her studies.
University Archives and Records Center
On March 31, Kathie Johnson had the privilege of working with a National History Day competition team from Iroquois Middle School. These four students, under the supervision of teacher Deana Kent, had prepared a skit on "Bloody Monday," the anti-immigrant riots in Louisville in 1848, which had already won the regional competition. In preparation for the state competition, these students asked Kathie to go over their script with them and make suggestions. (These same students won the state competition last year and placed in the top 20 nationally, so their goal was to place in the top 10 this year.)
Kathie was awed by these middle-schoolers who had accumulated over forty sources in their research, had written a tight script which had to conform to very concise time restraints, and were able to answer every question that she asked. And Kathie reports, she was thoroughly impressed with the relationship of mutual respect which they had with Ms. Kent.
If you get an opportunity to work with students in the school system on such projects, Kathie assures you that it is time well spent.
Kathie also went to Washington, D.C. on April 2, for a visit to the Holocaust Museum, with the Holocaust class from Atherton High School. The tour was led by survivor Ernie Marx, who had previously visited the class and told of his experiences as a child living under Nazi rule, in Dachau Concentration Camp, and in the post-war years. It was a great learning experience, and Kathie agreed with her daughter Cass that they would have liked to have stayed longer. Mr. Marx has led 20 such tours in the past two years, and is contributing his time and painful memories educating young people to make sure that such a thing "never happens again."
During April Mary Margaret Bell represented the SAALCK Kentuckiana working group in two meetings concerning the Virtual Commonwealth Library project in Frankfort.