People Profile: Nicole Mitchell

Against the Grain, Nov 2013

By Editor, Published on 11/04/13

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People Profile: Nicole Mitchell

People Profi le: Nicole Mitchell Editor Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Library and Information Science Commons Recommended Citation Rumors from page 6 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! facstaff 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 — — 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 people profile Born and lived: Covington, GA. 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. M 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. f amily: My partner and I have one dog, Gracie, and one cat, Harman. in my SPare time: before. 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). ?p=97 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 <> • continued on page 10

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