New Faces

Thank you to John Whitfield (DADS, Ekstrom Library), Delinda Buie (Special Collections, Ekstrom), Eric Neagle (Media and Current Periodicals, Ekstrom), and Neal Nixon (Kornhauser Library) who submitted these introductions to our new colleagues. Look for more New Faces in the next issue. --The Co-Editors

Crystal Humphrey began working in Cataloging as an ORC II in June 1997. However, she is no stranger to Kornhauser Library. Almost four years ago she began working there as a student assistant, first in Interlibrary Loan and then in Cataloging. Crystal hopes to complete her BA in Psychology by the end of the Summer 1998 semester.

Rebecca Noonan started in DADS at the beginning of November, 1997, as a Library Assistant III in charge of Holds, Recalls, Searches, Claims, Course Reserve, and the building monitors, in addition to providing a supervisory presence in the department on evening/weekend shifts. She comes to UofL from the University of Kentucky where she worked in the King Library for more than six years, first as a student assistant and then as an evening/weekend supervisor. Rebecca and her cats were very excited about the prospects of returning to Louisville after being away for so long.

Nicole DeVaughn also started in DADS in November as a Library Assistant II evening/weekend supervisor with responsibility for screening and searching ILL Borrowing requests submitted by patrons. She received a B.A. in History from the University of Kentucky where she also worked at the King Library as an evening/weekend student supervisor in the Media Department. Upon returning to Louisville, she started working as a Circulation Clerk for the Louisville Free Public Library before coming to the DADS Department.

Susi Knoer is the latest addition to the staff in Special Collections. Susi will be the constant presence at the Special Collections public service desk where her extensive research experience will aid our users. Her credits include architectural research for the restoration of the c. 1825 jail in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and the 1884 Powers Opera House in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Susi has researched and designed historic costumes for Theater West Virginia and continues to do research and design as an Artisan Designate of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. Most recently she served as the Photographic Editor for Law at the Falls, a legal history of Jefferson County just published and on sale now at local bookstores. Last semester Susi finished her coursework in paralegal studies, which she has pursued with a special interest in issues concerning The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She has also drafted a guide for employers on ADA compliance. Susi lives in the Highlands with husband John, her collection of miniatures, and an assortment of humanoid cats.

Trish Blair began as a College Work Study student in Media and Current Periodicals in 1990. She was the first student hired after the merger of Current Periodicals and Media and Microforms. She was later hired as a student assistant. As a student, she worked on perfecting the video database, and picked up where Liz Gill left off and managed to find the trick to Lost Cause Press (a collection of microfiche that was donated more than 20 years ago and has never been accessible...until now). She is also quick to remind us that she has shifted the microfilm collections at least once every year that she has worked here. That s a lot of microfilm!

Last September she was hired into her current position as a Library Assistant III. She continues to focus her work on the video and microform collections while also doing the accounting necessary for the microform print services that we offer. She also maintains the department s web pages.

Trish completed her undergraduate studies in Humanities and hopes to continue in the Humanities graduate program. She also would like to get an MLS in the future. She is a big fan of ABBA and all things disco and also has a fascination with pirates. Her eclectic taste fits in rather nicely with the rest of the staff and students. She also makes a mean cheesecake and provides us all with more than just food for thought!

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library is pleased to welcome our new director, Gary A. Freiburger. Gary comes to us from the Health Sciences Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he served as Deputy Director.

Gary was born in Chicago, but grew up in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. He has also lived in Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas and North Carolina. Gary received his undergraduate degree in music theory and composition from Northwestern University in 1971, and he earned his Masters degree in library and information science in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Maryland.

During his professional career he has held positions covering almost every aspect of library science, including reference, acquisitions, automation and administration. Of special note is Gary s assignment with the National Library of Medicine. He served there as a library automation specialist assisting in the development of NLM s integrated library system. Gary has been at the University of Maryland since 1980 in a variety of capacities, including Systems and Automation Librarian, Director-Systems Research, Development and Services, Director of Campus Academic Computing, and Director of the Regional Medical Library (Southeastern/Atlantic Region), as well as Deputy Director.

Gary is very active professionally, being a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. He also has an extensive list of publications and presentations. He is currently preparing an article for the upcoming January issue of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association entitled, "Electronic Reserves: the Changing Landscape of Instructional Support."

Gary s hobbies include amateur astronomy and photography. He is married to Natalie Freiburger, a native of Houston, who is a kindergarten teacher. Their son, Benjamin, is a junior at Emerson College in Boston.