Happy days ahead to those we say so long!
This academic year has seen several departures from the library. With the end of this semester the library has and will lose 4 more valued employees. Each will be missed in their own way. We wish them well in their travel trips ahead.
Self-Proclaimed “Mr. Excitement” Leaves for Greener, or Maybe Wetter, Pastures. After 30 years of working for the Library Stan Frost retires officially July 1, 2005. This was his first and only Librarian position; Stan was the first person hired to work in the new library building – the North side. Stan has seen many changes, including the demise of the card catalog, the advent of several generations of computers, an expansion to the building, and the transition from subject-divided to centralized reference service. Subject specialist for Psychology, Anthropology, and Communication Studies, Stan served as head of the Ed/Psych Reference Dept, and then co-head of the Social Science Business Admin Dept. In the fledgling days of online database searching, when librarians did all the searching, Stan headed up the Online Database Office. He also worked on and chaired numerous library committees, where his level headed attitude and logical approach to problem solving will be missed by all. Reference wishes him happy days in the wet and overcast days in the Pacific Northwest.
Elizabeth O’Brien officially retires August 2 nd but her last day at the library is June 28 th. A dynamic person and co-worker – no additional words to describe her – mostly because she won’t let me… (Ed.)
On May 25 Lauretta Frost will join the ranks of folks who have ‘graduated’ from BCD. Lauretta began working in Circulation in 1979; after 2 years she moved to ILL. An emeritus Italian professor refers to Lauretta as an “angel” for her diligence, courtesy and excellent service in ILL. In 2000 we were lucky enough to entice her to BCD. Lauretta’s 5th floor friends and colleagues gave me some comments: some that echoed my own while others were new surprises: “her laugh, always upbeat, cheerful and melodious; a faithful member of the walking group (frequently gathering treasures for a collage); an amazing knowledge of classic movies from the 30s & 40s (Oh, the wonderful conversations missed if only I’d known!); her many contributions to Library exhibits; her wonderful sense of whimsy”. Our only full-time copy cataloger, Lauretta has especially distinguishing herself for her assistance with German titles; by being one of the BCD “team” working to process the Tsakopoulos rare book collection; by helping to catalog the test collection and slides. In fact, a wonderful announcement about the slides cataloging: Elizabeth O’Brien and Lauretta have managed to clear out a historic backlog of uncataloged slides (hmmm, maybe that’s why they get to leave?). We’re all going to miss Lauretta for her many talents, her willingness to work on any project, her gentle manner and congeniality, and maybe most of all, her friendship. (C. Xanders)
Kim Kuenlen achieved great things for the Library. She always put our interests first. I personally appreciated her close interaction with me and with the JAAC Advisory Board, the Friends of the Library, the Tsakopoulos Foundation, and other community entities that support us. Kim’s interaction with these groups, along with her handling of other events and initiatives, was productive, energetic, and remarkably creative. The Virtual Ball, for example, was no less than an inspiration; the Friends’ silent auction was outstanding; and the Chorus Line festivities turned into a smashing gala for the Friends that we all will long remember. It is significant indeed that the Chorus Line evening achieved the highest level of library employee involvement in a single event ever recorded. Brava! (T. Webb)