People Profile: Buzzy Basch
People Profi le: Buzzy Basch
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The report from the study carried out for the
Research Information Network on the use
of libraries by researchers in the UK is now
published. Using empirical data and
qualitative insights from over 2250 researchers and
300 librarians, the results should prove useful
to inform the future development of academic
libraries and the services that they provide to
Recently met up with Char Booth, a good friend of the indispensable Melinda
Scharstein (Pam Cenzer’s niece). Char just
attended the ACRL Conference in Baltimore
a few weeks ago and sends glowing reports.
Hope to get a full report from her in the June
issue of ATG. In the meantime, there is a brief
report in the current issue of The Charleston
And speaking of The Charleston Report,
the incredible Kristen DeVoe is the editor of
TCR as well as a columnist for Against the
Grain, see this issue, p. 88. Kristen is one of
the featured speakers in the South Carolina
Library Association’s College & University
Section’s Workshop entitled “Keeping up with
our Patrons: Adapting to User Expectations.”
Besides being pregnant and holding down
a fulltime job, Cris Ferguson <cris@furman.
edu> is working on the questions / surveys for
the second eBook rollout which we will publish
in our June issue. Watch for it! Coming up!
I can’t believe that Debbie Hodges (Shew
maker is her married name) <Deborah.
> is retiring to the
mountains of North Carolina. Not yet, but
soon! Was talking to her the other day. She
has a new darling little black puppy called
Angel who besides chewing on stuff likes to
get up early. Sounds like a good alarm clock
for retired people!
Wasn’t many years ago it seems like that I
had lunch with Don Beagle and his lovely wife.
Heard recently that Don had just published
a book called The Information Commons
Handbook with contributions from Donald
Russell Bailey and Barbara Tierney,
NealSchuman, 2006. I haven’t seen it yet but am
looking forward to it and see our upcoming
interview with Don in a future issue of ATG,
probably June! And did you know that Don
used to work at the Charleston County
Library and did a wonderful online city tour back
when no one was doing such things. What an
Oklahoma State University (OSU)
Library has chosen AquaBrowser Library to
be implemented with their Endeavor Voyager
Against the Grain / April 2007
“The past is a foreign country; they do things
differently there.” — L. P. Barthartley
against the grain
h Born & lived: My mother gave me the nickname Buzzy — she said I was buzzing
c around the crib. I grew up on the ocean in Winthrop Massachusetts.
Family: Two adult children. A son in Cambridge Mass and a daughter and
a grandson in Santa Rosa CA,
B education: Undergraduate and MBA from Washington university in St Louis
) where I serve on the olin library national council.
y First joB: My first job at 10 was sweeping the floor and cleaning up my dad’s
z service station.
Pro Fessional career and activities: Lots of jobs — The first out of
u college was at mcdonnell aircraft as an analyst in the flight test division, St
B Louis. In the Library Profession I have had the opportunity to participate as an
( elected officer and as an appointee in ala , sla , asis&t and nasiG . In addition
to reading and writing lots of articles I coauthored with judy mcQueen Buying
d Serials, published by neal-schuman .
r in my s Pare time i like to: In my spare time I have taken up collecting stamps
a and enjoy vegetable gardening.
n PhilosoPhy: My philosophy is it isn’t how badly one screws up that counts;
r it’s how quickly you recover and that everyone makes mistakes — that’s how
e we learn.
B most meaninGFul career achievement: Starting my own subscription
agency and watching the individual staff members grow and take on more
reN sponsibility has been the most rewarding experience.
Goal i hoPe to achieve Five years From noW:
is tomorrow. It is a challenge I enjoy.
My long range planning
Where do you see the industry in Five years: How/Where do I see the
industry in five years? Where is it all going? If I knew I would pick stocks not
sell subscription services. The publishing, distribution, and collection of serial
publications is certainly changing. What we do not know is
the time frame and when these changes will be accepted. My
sense is they will move slowly, over a long period of time and
be segmented. In our society I believe there is a growing
awareness and demand for competent and knowledgeable
service. The subscription agencies that can keep their costs
in line and provide quality service will continue to provide
meaningful services to the library community.
ILS. The Stillwater Campus will be the first
to implement AquaBrowser, with the rest
of the Oklahoma A&M Library System to
follow. The OSU Library has a collection of
over 2.5 million volumes, 96,500 serials, more
than 4.5 million microforms, and 420,000 maps
h a s b e e n a
member of the
A s s o c i a t i o n
Libraries for over 40 years. The Oklahoma
A&M Library System is a coalition of twelve
libraries, nine of which are governed by the
Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural
and Mechanical Colleges (OSU/A&M).
It was in October 2003 that Michelle
Flinchbaugh contacted Audrey Fenner
about editing ATG’s “Biz of Acq” column.
Can you believe that Audrey has been editing
the column for nearly four years! And, I have
to tell you confidentially that Audrey always
turns in her columns way ahead of the
deadline. Gosh! What a feat! And how time flies
when we’re having fun! Anyway, Audrey is
stepping down with the September, 2007 issue
and we are looking for a new editor. If you
are interested, please contact yours truly at
<>. Audrey says that
editing the column has put her in contact with
librarians all over the country, and allowed her
to see projects and their plans from the inside.
How can you turn this opportunity down?
This tidbit from the awesome Helen Ivy
(librarian, Marine Resources Library,
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