People Profile: Nicole Mitchell
People Profi le: Nicole Mitchell
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Todd, Lisa, and Owen Rix have a new
family member! Wyatt Davis was born
September 23, 2008, weighing in at 9 pounds, 7
ounces, 20 ½ inches long. Congratulations to
Todd, and Lisa, and Owen! You will recall
that Todd once worked in Collection
Development at the College of Charleston. He is
now Instruction Librarian at Coker
College which he joined in July 2007. His duties
include bibliographic instruction, reference
services, and electronic resource management.
A self-described “techno-geek,” he also works
on maintaining the library’s new catalog.
Talk about College of Charleston alums,
I was recently talking to the fantabulous John
Schmitt <> (Reference
Services Librarian, Regis University
Libraries and also former Chair (for many years)
of the Choice Editorial Board). Regis is a
famous Jesuit liberal arts college at the base of
the Rocky Mountains. John has two daughters
and one will head to college next year. We were
comparing notes about college tuition, visits to
colleges and related financial issues. Hope to
see John in Denver at ALA Midwinter if not
before here in Charleston!
And more Charleston alum news! Got an
email from the incredible traveling Betty and
Sevgin Oktay <>. This time
they are traveling to Charleston in October (in
the next few weeks) and we are having dinner
together! Hopefully, if I take my notepad, I
can catch us all up on what they have been up
to and where they have been! I still remember
many of our visits up in Poughkeepsie near
where our son Raymond was at West Point.
And we all especially remember the thrilling
airplane ride when Sevgin took us up in the
skies on a big tour around the area!
Speaking of Charleston — we are gratified
that so many of you have registered to come
to the Charleston Conference this year! Our
enrollment is equal to that of last year even
in the face of financial cuts all over the place.
Gosh! We haven’t quite had to limit
enrollment (we have a ceiling of 1200) but we are
getting close. The program is fabulous this year
and we hope that the weather will cooperate!
Surely it will!
And — did y’all see the post on the Against
the Grain n ews Channel —
www.againstthe-grain.com — about Sue Polanka’s blog
n o Shelf Required? Well, pooh on you if
not! Anyway, moving right along, Sue’s blog,
among many other things informed those
interested in eBooks to look at the Charleston
Conference program. Sue says if you have
an opinion on patron driven purchasing,
stop by the Lively Lunch session Friday at
Charleston when Alice Crosetto (Univ. of
Toledo) and Sue herself will debate “Tossing
Traditional Collection Development Practices
for Patron Initiated Purchasing.” And there are
Against the Grain / November 2008
against the grain
Born and lived:
early life: I received both my B.S. (2001) and M.A. (2003) in History from
h Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) in Milledgeville, GA. My thesis was
c on the Georgia State Penitentiary that originally occupied the GC&SU campus
t from 1817-1889. I always used to say the library was built on the spot where
i the insane inmates were kept! I still enjoy history, especially Southern history,
and dabble in it whenever I can.
ProfeSSional Career and aCtivitieS: Until leaving for library school, I
e served as Assistant Archivist for GC&SU’s ina dillard russell library’s Special
l Collections. I found that I loved working in the library and wanted to do more.
o Georgia did not have an accredited library school at the time, so in fall 2005, I
ic accepted one of ten Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) fellowships
n at the University of alabama. Receiving my MLIS in December 2006, I joined
Lister Hill Library as a Reference Librarian in January 2007. I was appointed
liaison to the School of Optometry in August of this year.
My partner and I have one dog, Gracie, and one cat, Harman.
in my SPare time:
f avorite BookS:
Cookbooks and anything to do with Southern history.
Pet PeeveS: The lack of the Oxford comma.
PhiloSoPhy: After seeing a movie on Coco Chanel, I found two of her quotes
to really sum up my philosophy. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always
be different.” “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
I like to bake — especially new recipes I’ve never tried
I really haven’t decided
Goal i hoPe to aChieve five yearS from now:
yet. I’ve only been a librarian for two years,
so I’m just starting to figure out what it is I
want to do. My problem is that I’m interested
in so many different things!
h ow/where do i See the ind UStry
in five yearS: Librarianship is definitely
evolving. People don’t have to physically
come to the library anymore. We’re going to
have to be proactive and seek out our users.
At lister hill , I definitely see us collaborating
more with faculty and integrating our services
into their curriculum.
a ton of talks to attend. Be sure and look at the
program ahead of time to plan your schedule!
(like Tinker Massey told us so in September,
v. 20#4, p.83).
And, speaking of ATG news Channel and
the Charleston Conference, I owe an apology
to all of y’all because this has been an
especially stressful fall. As many of you know, my
father-in-law passed away in Wilmington, NC,
and this has meant many family trips hither and
yon to take care of “business.” I know that I
have not answered some of your emails and that
I have not updated the ATG news Channel in
as timely a manner as I should have. Please
accept my apologies and a promise that things
will be better.
And, speaking of the ATG n ews Chan
nel, have you seen Eleanor Cook’s and Rick
Anderson’s blogs? Not to mention your’s
truly’s? Eleanor is settling in at East Carolina
University and I am happy that ACQn ET
is now up and running. Have gotten lots of
posts lately meaning that Eleanor is on that
job too! And she says that ACQWEB will be
redesigned shortly. Stay tuned.
So sad to learn that the wonderful Janet
f lowers <> and her
Reference Librarian and School of Optometry Liaison Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences University of Alabama at Birmingham 1530 3rd Ave . South, Birmingham, AL 35294 Phone: ( 205 ) 934 - 2230 • Fax: ( 205 ) 975 - 8313 <> • http://www.uab.edu/lister continued on page 10