[Libs-Or] Thank you, and farewell...
cbell at darkwing.uoregon.edu
Wed Aug 17 16:42:11 PDT 2005
To the Oregon library community,
I've completed my last day of work at the University of Oregon (at
least officially ... I'm still not done packing up my office), and I
wanted to take time to say thank you and wish you all well.
I came to Oregon in 1994, a green librarian starting her first career
position, and I couldn't have asked for a better group of colleagues
to teach me about the profession. As I move on to my new position at the
University College of the Fraser Valley, I take with me the incredible
treasure of having been a part of this community for over 11 years.
OLA President Maureen "Call Me Mo" Cole scooped my plans to offer
thanks to specific individuals, but at the risk of sounding like a
copycat and also committing the sin of forgetting important people,
I'm going to do it anyways.
To Aletha Bonebrake, thank you for getting me involved, way back
when. You were the one who got the whole ball rolling, and you'll
be a great president.
To Aletha Bonebrake and Jo Cowling, who taught me the value of sticking
to your principles when it's the best thing for the community you
To Gary Jensen, Ed House, Sara Charlton, Janet Webster, Faye Chadwell,
and Maureen Cole, all past presidents of OLA who offered me leadership
opportunities within the organization, and who provided great examples
of how to make the best of those opportunities.
To Janet Webster, passionate advocate for all libraries, who showed me
that it doesn't have to be an "academic" issue to be important to
academic librarians. I wish I had half your energy and courage.
To Deb Carver, who was a great mentor for a relatively green librarian
thrust into a leadership position. Thanks for listening patiently to my
endless litany of "great ideas," and helping me learn to recognize what's
most important and let the rest go. If it was meant to be, it will come
To Laura Willey and Shirien Chappell, the incredible tag team of
efficiency, organization, and will power. You inspire me to greater and
greater things, but I will never be as good at running a meeting as
To Juanita Benedicto, my early partner in crime. Our paths have gone in
different directions, but we'll always have OLA, NewBreed Librarian,
Susu, and that memorable trip to San Francisco!
To Dale Vidmar, Dolores Judkins, Theresa Gillis, Janeanne
Rockwell-Kincanon and the rest of the Online Northwest planners, past
and present. You were a fun group to work with, and I looked forward
to our meetings. We did great work!
To Sandy Tilcock, who taught me to recognize the beauty in books and
offered her time and energy in teaching me how to create beautiful
books of my own.
To all my coworkers at Eastern Oregon University and the University of
Oregon, the biggest thank you of all. The experience, wisdom, and
abilities that I take with me to my new position are the result of
working with such talented people who care so passionatley about what
we do, and who demonstrate it every day.
Beginning October 1, my contact information will be:
Public Services Librarian
Information Literacy and Outreach
University College of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 504-7441 x4396
Fax: (604) 853-0796
Email: colleen.bell at ucfv.ca
I hope you'll keep me up to date on what's happening in Oregon. And you can
always keep up with what I'm doing at my web site:
http://www.transplantedgoose.net/ - no blog yet, but plans to actually
add stuff to it once I'm settled in my new place.
Transplanted goose, signing off.
Colleen Bell, Associate Professor and Library Instruction Coordinator
Knight Library, 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1299
541.346.1817 * fax 541.346.3485 * web http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~cbell/
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