Happy Friday!

First, a quick shout-out to Catherine for the wonderful traveling exhibit “Strive and Struggle” that’s showing now at the UU, through Monday. You may have seen the story in Thursday’s Mustang News about it.  Thank you Catherine.

1.  Working on:  Gathering the reins of Special Collections and Archives, to hand off to Jessica Holada who joins us Monday next week.  The reins are numerous and interesting – this team has some extraordinary connections across the campus and the region, and significant acquisitions have continued to come in since last summer that will enrich the community for years to come. It’s been a delight to get to be a part of the SCA team since last summer. Laura and Zach have done an amazing job of keeping the department humming, together with Kerwin and Michele. 

2.  Excited about:  This year’s student videos in the Orfalea-sponsored video contest.  Voting and judging wound up this week and the lucky and talented winners have been revealed on our Facebook site. The videos that picked up the theme – entrepreneurial ideas for library services – give us some really great food for thought.

3.  Thinking about:   I’m making my way through Cory Doctorow’s long, literary, and bracing talk on keeping archives open,
http://mwf2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/glam-and-the-free-world/.  I also shared it with COLD colleagues earlier this week who were talking in San Diego about whether it’s smart to get their collections digitized “free” by companies that turn around and sell digital collections to other libraries.

Have a great weekend,