Library, Department & Team News
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Eric in Ann Arbor
Eric Neagle has checked in from time to time from far-flung Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is settled in his new apartment and he likes the neighborhood pretty well. His Library Science classes at the University don’t start for several more weeks and we think he’s anxious for them to start. There are only so many books to read and videos to watch! He has been enjoying the rest and relaxation after so many years of working here.
Rebecca (Mattingly) Friehaut and her husband Adam are the proud parents of a new baby boy, Aidan Thomas, who came into the world July 3, and weighs 8 pounds 3 oz. (heavier than the mother). Rebecca and Adam have been instructed to make a trip to the library to show him to everyone.
Katie McWhorter has been promoted to the glamorous, but important job of Binding Assistant. Katie has been a student assistant here for two years. Her job is essential for getting periodicals off to the bindery as soon as possible to avoid loss and make everyone happy.
Rola Qasem, another former student assistant was recently married and she moved with her husband, Mohammad, to Austin, Texas.
Office of the University Librarian
Sheila Birkla has accepted a position as Programmer Analyst II, Grade 127, in the Office of Libraries Technology effective August 1, 2001. She is transferring from IT, where she has been a Network Services Technician for several years.
Mioshi Cobble has accepted a position as Technology Consultant I, Grade 125, in the Office of Libraries Technology effective July 16, 2001.
Leah Gadzikowski has announced her resignation as Library Assistant at Kornhauser Library effective July 26, 2001. She plans to return to school full-time.
Mark Heil has announced his resignation as Clerk Senior in the Office of the University Librarian. His last day of work was July 20, 2001.
Noel Lyvers has announced her resignation as Library Assistant in Content Access effective August 3, 2001. She plans to pursue an MAT degree on a full-time basis.
Chris Mabelitini has announced his resignation as Library Assistant in Ekstrom Circulation effective August 9, 2001. He will be moving to Washington, DC to begin a graduate program at George Mason University.
Carol McNeely has announced her resignation as Library Assistant in Ekstrom Reference effective August 3, 2001. She too is moving to Washington, DC to pursue a full-time career as a violin teacher.
David Tyler has resigned as Library Assistant in Kersey Library effective June 15, 2001.
Glenda Neely attended the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. She spoke on a panel, “Workstation Technology in Libraries: An Access Revolution,” sponsored by ASCLA/OLAS (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies/On-Line Acquisitions Systems), where she discussed special services offered by the Louisville Free Public Library and Ekstrom Library. She also participated in the BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) programs and committee meetings. Highlights were the BRASS program, “Marketing.gov,” jointly sponsored by the Government Documents Round Table, and hearing Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent, speak at the LexisNexis CIS (Congressional Information Service) breakfast.
Congratulations to Mildred Franks’ daughter Hallie, who graduated summa cum laude from Boston University. Her degree is in Art History, and in September she will begin the PhD program in Ancient Art History and Architecture at Harvard University.
Mildred’s younger daughter Sara was part of a six-week study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland this summer. She had classes in Irish Literature and History, and enjoyed many cultural activities — especially the pubs!
The news from Special Services: 1) we have a new Braille printer; 2) training is now available for blind/visually impaired students who want to learn how to use JAWS (Job Access with Speech). Contact Mostafa El-Said, Computing Center, 852-1492.
The Reference Department is happy to welcome Claudene Sproles, who comes to us from Missouri but who is a native of North Carolina. She will be specializing in government documents. Barb Whitener is especially happy, as Claudene’s arrival means that she will not be called upon for every single gov docs question! Claudene has already begun her work by tackling our map collection, a collection some of us were not even aware we had, so she is already doing amazing work.
We would also like to congratulate Rebecca Maddox for completing her MLS from Indiana University this past May. Hooray, Rebecca! The long drives to Indy are over!
Some of our student assistants decided to head home for the summer or just take a vacation before classes start. Prasanth Gopinath and Selvi Sivagurunathan headed home to India. Siva Chekka took off for Seattle to visit family and friends. Heiman Ng went home to Hong Kong to visit family. Bryson Lewis has been off most of the summer visiting at home in Virginia Beach, surfing the summer away! And Ploy Markming has just returned from her home in Thailand. It seems like the summer is almost gone. Soon classes begin and all of “our” student assistants will be returning to the “Kersey Family” to work through the fall semester. It will be wonderful to see them again!
Traveling. . .
Jan Kulkarni and his wife will be taking an August vacation to Europe. They plan to visit England, France, and Italy with lots of pictures to show when they return! Steve Whiteside traveled to Rochester, Indiana to help his aunt and her husband celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. What a wonderful celebration!
Best wishes and congratulations to Leah Gadzikowski, who is leaving Kornhuaser to attend school full-time. After seventeen years of part-time work, the end is in sight, so she is taking the leap to complete her courses by next summer. At that point, she will have earned a BA in Business and Writing for Pre-Law, and an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. She then hopes to go law school. While she’ll be missed, we are happy that she is moving on to exciting challenges and opportunities.
Wedding bells will be ringing for Betsy Baumeister and Michael Osoffsky, of Ekstrom’s Content Access. They will marry on September 9 at the Peterson-Dumesnil house in Crescent Hill. Rumor has it that invitations are written in MARC format. Congratulations, Betsy and Michael.
Mike Whiteman and Kurt Metzmeier attended the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting in balmy Minneapolis, the grand city of a state where Jesse Ventura is the governor and the state bird is the loon. Besides the 95F-plus temperature and an ill-considered decision to order barbecue from the descendants of Swedes, they had a good time and learned much. Garrison Keillor and the All-Star Shoe Band welcomed the attendees to the North Star State with a performance that included a newly penned song about a law librarian. During a brief period of inattentiveness, Kurt was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the AALL Legal History and Rare Books special interest section.
Don Dean will be spending some of his vacation in Chicago, visiting friends and cheering one his beloved Cubs at Wrigley Field. He continues to enjoy the fruits of the field in a bountiful harvest of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, beans and herbs and spices of all varieties.
Mark Dickson spent some of his vacation in Columbus, Ohio, where he watched an MLS soccer game between Columbus and Dallas. (For you non-sports enthusiasts out there, “MLS” stands for “Major League Soccer.”) He had a wonderful time visiting the city and an unexpected bonus: the VHS tape he made of the game included a three-second close-up of him in the stands. He also participated in an informal book-binding seminar and hopes to build on that experience by assisting the Music Library with minor binding work.
Steve Green, archivist for the Western Folklife Center in Nevada, visited the Music Library for five consecutive days in mid-May. His time was spent sifting through the music, papers, scrapbooks, and other assorted materials found in the Jean Thomas collection as he prepared to write a book on a musician associated with her. He hopes to spend another week in the Music Library later in the summer.
The University Archives and Records Center staff bade farewell to Margaret Merrick at the end of June with a reception in UARC’s research rooms and a dinner at Bill Morison’s home. After fourteen years of dedicated service at UofL, Margaret has taken a new position with the Presbyterian Historical Society at the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church USA in downtown Louisville.
In July, Sherri Pawson vacationed in Panama City Beach, Florida, and then a week later the family sped off on a Caribbean cruise. Sherri’s 11-year-old daughter, Samantha, is a member of the Diane Moore Dance Academy Performing Arts Troupe, a group of 53 kids who specialize in tap, jazz, clogging, and vocals. While on the boat, the Troupe performed three shows to standing ovations.
Mary Margaret Bell toured the hot Southwest during July with friends and family. She enjoyed her first sight of the Grand Canyon and visits to other canyons in the area in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. She has resolved not to visit Las Vegas again in July.