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   Volume IV, Issue 4
April 2008   

Noteworthy honors, talks, conferences, transitions and little additions

Outreach librarian Darren G. Poley was honored with a distinguished service award by the American Catholic Historical Society at their annual Barry Awards dinner. He has since been elected recording secretary of the ACHS. He currently also serves as the chair of the academic library section of the Catholic Library Association.

Chris Barr, Interface & Design Specialist, and Andrew Nagy, Technology Development Specialist, gave presentations at Code4Lib, a library technology conference for programmers and technologists, Feb. 25-28, in Portland, Ore. Chris spoke on “Using a CSS Framework,” demonstrating how a Cascading Style Sheets framework is utilized in VuFind, an open source project developed by Andrew with Chris designing the interface. Chris discussed the advantages of using advanced CSS techniques to speed up development time, normalize a project code base and avoid common web browser bugs. Andrew's presentation, “From Idea to Open Source,” was a follow-up to his 2007 talk about his research and initial investigations which led to the creation of VuFind. This year Andrew discussed architecture and design decisions that turned VuFind into a viable open source project and how making VuFind open source has aided it.

Alice Bampton, Visual Resources Librarian, attended the 26th Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association, March 12-16, in San Diego, Calif.

Dr. L. W. Irwin, an assistant professor in the English department for 41 years, passed away on Easter Sunday, March 23.  Dr. Irwin, who was 70, served for many years as the departmental faculty liaison to Falvey, helping to develop and strengthen the library collection in all areas of English and American literature. 

Teresa Edge, Access and User Assistance Team co-leader, gave birth to Susannah Joy Edge on March 24. Susannah Joy weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Teresa says that she, Susannah and husband Edward are home and happy.

Compiled by Alice Bampton and Judy Olsen