By Katina Strauch
This seems to be an NPR week! First, we at the College of Charleston were thrilled (John White, our interim dean of libraries for a year, said he almost rear-ended someone on the Ravenel bridge when he heard this on NPR!) The broadcast highlighted the article “Combining The Nation’s Digitized Libraries, All In One Place.” College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Digital Library and the South Carolina Digital Library are prominently mentioned. This highlights the value of a central repository for digitized historic documents while pointing to some issues around the DPLA‘s possible role in addressing more complex issues like eBook accessibility and copyright. (And, BTW, Emily Gore from the DPLA will be at the Charleston Conference in November!)
Another NPR-related article that matches up with Charleston! Did you see the article, “Libraries’ Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen and In Song” by Bob Mondello? It’s fun to listen or read about Donna Reed and Marian the librarian and many other encounters with libraries and librarians. Do y’all by any chance remember when Against the Grain had a column that talked about librarians in books, edited by the incredible Anne Kabler Robichaux of the Medical University of South Carolina? Anne is retired but still hangs around with me when she has time to spare away from her skiing weekends, grand babies,and other travels. Anyway, we will be able to see those old columns soon. The awesome Leah Hinds and her capable sister Caroline Goldsmith are working with Purdue University Press and the efficient Charles Watkinson to digitize back issues of ATG! Can’t wait! PS if anyone is interested in picking up on the thread of libraries or librarians in books, movies, etc., please let Katina or Leah know!
Was thrilled to see that one of the most incredible, talented, and generous women in the whole wide world, Mary Ann Liebert (president and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.) was named winner of the 2013 Education Award! Since 2005, the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) has honored the stem cell community’s top innovators, leaders, and champions at its Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner during the annual World Stem Cell Summit. This year’s awards will be presented on Dec. 5 at the ninth annual awards dinner, during the 2013 World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS13) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) has named Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) publisher and CEO Mary Ann Liebert the winner of its 2013 Education Award, citing her work in educating patients, researchers, and the broader stem cell community, and in raising the standard in medical research journalism. In addition to publishing GEN, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has established authoritative peer-reviewed journals in promising areas of science and biomedical research. And Mary Ann has been our keynote in Charleston and honored us with interviews several times! A huge congratulations to the awe—inspiring Mary Ann Liebert!