From the Coordinator

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September 1, 2005 by J. Johnson

By Alenka Chadwick, Coordinator

The members of the Subject and Special Collections (SSCD) Action Council are a well-
traveled group with recent trips ranging from England to Ghana to Greece. And while we’d love to show you our trip photos, the purpose of that sentence is to emphasize how highly we value making connections. The membership of SSCD is an eclectic group with a common interest in special collections of many types. This is reflected in the action council members who are from public, academic, museum, corporate, and zoo libraries. The action council works to ensure that we provide benefits that
connect with the needs of our multifaceted members, and I’d like to highlight some of those here.

We conducted a survey last year to help guide the division’s offerings at the annual and chapter conferences. Thanks to all of you who answered! In response to that survey, watch for programs on building foreign language collections and genealogy at the 2005 Annual Conference and Exposition and dealing with medical questions at the 2006 Chapter Conferences. The annual conference programs are highlighted in this issue of the newsletter.

The twice yearly newsletter is beautifully turned out at the tireless hands of Sheila Campbell. It highlights special collections, interesting books and Web sites, beautiful graphics, and even library humor! Action council members are frequent contributors and the readers of the newsletter are encouraged to join in the fun.

As the year goes on, you will see the SSCD partnering with other groups, both inside and outside OLC, to publicize and present programs. Note, for example, in this newsletter, information on an upcoming Ohio Preservation Council program on digitizing historical newspapers and the “One Minute Genealogist” co-sponsored with the Reference and Information Services Division.

That brings us to the time when we can connect with you face-to-face: “OLC Connects” at the annual conference in Columbus. Please consider stopping by our booth, especially during the spotlight times when several books and authors will be featured. We will also have displays, handouts, and the ever-popular raffle baskets.

We would love to hear from you about program ideas, articles you’d like to write for
the newsletter (or like to suggest that someone else write), to volunteer for action
council or just to discuss your own special collections situation. On a personal note,
it is a delight to be on the action council. One cannot imagine a more supportive,
humorous, imaginative group nor minimize the contribution of the professional, efficient,
and helpful OLC Staff.

Now that I’ve outlined some of the ways that the division works, I hope you’re inspired
to Connect@SSCD!

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