News division highlights from Vancouver SLA Conference 2014

News division highlights from Vancouver:

Sunday, 8 June  8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. , Vancouver Sun tour
The News Division members and friends toured of The Vancouver Sun/The Province at 200 Granville Street (a five minute walk from the convention center) followed by a visit to a nearby pub on the waterfront.

Monday Morning, June 9 • 8:00am – 9:30am
The news division co-sponsored the SPOTLIGHT SESSION – A.D. (After Digitization): Managing and Marketing your Digital Content with the Archival and Preservation Caucus and Museums Arts & Humanities Division
Heather M. Gordon, City Archivist, City of Vancouver Archives and our own  Kate Bird, News/Graphics Research Librarian at The Vancouver Sun and Province spoke to an audience of roughly 200 people. Heather told about methods of preserving and sharing the city’s history by creating Google- and social media-friendly website and digital policy. Kate described working with the newspaper’s photographic archives including a digital photograph archive of over 1.5 million images and her collaboration with Sun reporter Shelley Fralic on the book “Making Headlines: 100 Years of The Vancouver Sun,” which was a B.C. bestseller, and went on to win the 2013 BC Book Prizes Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

News Division awards reception,  Monday June 9, 2014 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (1795 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC)
A small, but devoted group of members gathered at the lovely Boathouse Restaurant to watch the sunset and help the News Division honor Kee Malesky, author and former NPR librarian, Carol Campbell, former Library Director at The Daily Oklahoman, now retired; Cliff Pierce, Director of Global Content Alliances for ProQuest Information and Learning; and Amy Disch, former Library Director for the Columbus Dispatch currently working for Meriter Foundation, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Video tributes are coming.

Also of note:
Nora Martin presented her paper on ‘Information Verification in the Age of Digital Journalism’ during the Contributed Papers – Sunday session, Sunday June 8 • 1.30pm3:00pm: Conference Centre West, Rooms 208-209.

Jane Dysart spoke on the Big Data & Job Opportunities Panel Monday, June 9 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm

SLA News Division Awards Announcement

On Monday, Eli Edwards, past chair of the SLA News Division posted this note to NewsLib:

Dear Members of the News Division …

It is my honor and privilege to announce this year’s awardees of the Division’s Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award and the Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award.

The 2013 Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award will go to Catherine Kitchell and Derek Willis. The Joseph F. Kwapil will be awarded to Justin Scroggs.

Details for the awards ceremony in San Diego during the 2013 Annual Conference are still being finalized.  If you plan to attend the annual conference and will want to attend the ceremony, please email me at and your name will be placed on a list of potential attendees.

Thanks to the Awards Committee this year for their efficient and invaluable work: Carolyn Edds, Peter Johnson, Toby Lyles, Leigh Montgomery, and Justin Scroggs (no, he didn’t vote for himself, the rest of the committee thrusted the honor upon him).



News Library News: Summer 1993

News Library News: Summer 1993 (Vol. 15 No. 4)

Megafile Quickly Defeated: Limited Access Remains A Long-Term Battle by Ginny Everett
The Aside Bar by Mona Hatfield
People by Barbara Hijek
Notes From The Chair by Donna Scheeder
It’s “-30-” for Chair John Cronin by John Cronin
Do you have an attitude? Good — then I have a job for you! by Elizabeth Whisnant
Student stipend winner a defender of the role of news librarians (Julie Bolding)
Rhydwen Continuing Education Program: Developing and Marketing Information Products and Services
Today’s Good Photo Collection The Roadbed For Tomorrow’s Digital Image Superhighway by Elaine Raines
CD-ROM information: A fun new toy, an effective new tool
Looking to 2000: A Seven Year Countdown
Marketing with CD-ROM: A New Spin On Existing Sales Opportunities
Awards Banquet Highlights Conference Fun
Digital Imaging … worth ten thousand words! by Mona Hatfield
What The President Meant To Say…(Here’s what he really said) by Margot Williams
Bringing You The News: Resources in Radio Libraries and Archives
Looking Ahead to Atlanta by Mary Kate Leming
Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting Monday, June 7, 1993
And the winners are… (new officers)
Treasurer’s Report by Lu-Ann Farrar
IRE Regional Conference ‘Computing: The News Frontier’ set for Oct. 21-24

News Library News from Spring 1991

I am finally getting back to a scanning project I started a long, long time ago. I hope to make some progress each week on this project.  I am scanning in the old issues of News Library News.  Tonight’s issue is from Spring 1991, also known as Vol. 13, No. 3. Read it here.

The contents, some of which are rather timely:
Dealing With The Digital Darkroom by Michael E. Schroeder
And The Winners Are (new officers elected)
Stop The Presses (Late-breaking news notes from all over by Teresa Leonard)
The Aside Bar (NLN has changed a great deal in the past year…by Elizabeth Whisnant)
Notes From The Chair (If misery loves company, the guest room is overflowing. But I urge you not to give up.  Keep going back to your fountainhead of travel funds by Lany Walden McDonald)
People (Who’s doing what in News Libraries by Mona Hatfield)
San Antonio Pull-out (A complete convention guide. Travel tips, schedule and program guide. Articles written by Margaret Neu, Judy Zipp, and more)
Common Ground (Money is tight. Money is really tight. There’s a special library conference next month. Should you go?  ABSOLUTELY by Elizabeth Marchak)
What You Didn’t Know (The not-so-secret fact of life for online information searches is that even full-text information retrieval systems rarely carry every article published by a newspaper or magazine by John Buckman)
Broadcast Libraries (Is this the perfect time to establish a Special Interest Group for Broadcast Librarians? by Debra K. Bade)
Who We Are (Jeanette Curby, head librarian at the San Antonio Light, is hosting a tour of the Light’s library, but she’s done much more work behind the scenes.)
Quick & Dirty (The government makes available various sales estimates not published in the Monthly Retail Trade Reports. For a minimum charge, sales estimates can be obtained for major businesses by Eileen Effrat)


Presentation to Chris Hardesty by Charlie Campo for the Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award

Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award
Recipient: Chris Hardesty, The Wall Street Journal
Presenter: Charlie Campo, Retired, Bangor Daily News

I think that most of us have a Chris Hardesty memory. He’s always been there to help and to arrange our annual good times. Quite often that has involved pointing me in the right direction…in hotels, subways, train stations, baseball parks, and, most critically, in airports. A few years ago, he cleverly got me rerouted to Maine after my flight had been cancelled in DC. But he does that for everyone.

He’s known in the division as the boy wonder. He says he began his library career by answering a help wanted ad in the newspaper for a library assistant. The job looked a lot better than a job at the mall and it certainly paid better. He interviewed and got the job and was quickly on his way learning the ropes of news librarianship. He did such an impressive job, that when the head librarian left a few months later, he recommended that his supervisor consider Chris to succeed him. They did hire Chris, and at the tender age of NINETEEN he became the head librarian at the Chattanooga Times. NINETEEN, boy wonder, indeed!

He served at the Chattanooga Times as Assistant Librarian from 1987-88 and as Head Librarian  from 1988-96. While at Chattanooga, Chris got to know the folks in Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville in the course of his daily work. Back then we communicated primarily through phones that were hard-wired to the wall.

Chris attended his first SLA conference at Atlanta in 1995. There Cronin put him to work at the Division’s Hospitality Suite. He got to meet a lot of folks there. You betcha!

In 1996 Chris moved to the News & Observer in Raleigh-Durham where he was News Research Manager from 1996-98.

In 1998 he moved to the San Jose Mercury News where he served as Library Director from 1998-2001.

In 2001, Chris moved to Long Island to become the Library Director at Newsday. He held this position until he was caught up in a big reduction in force at the newspaper.

He took a severance package and looked for work, managing to land a number of freelance research projects along the way.

Finally, in 2010, he landed the job of Topics and Guides Editor for the Wall Street Journal online edition. He continues to serve in that position.

Chris is the News Division member who elevated the annual auction to an art form and we can only hope someone can re-energize the auction like he did.

He’s also been the photographer that has taken thousands of photographs at conference. If you were at conference, he can probably pull several photos of you out of his files. His photos have proven invaluable in preparing annual award presentations.

Chris, as a member and chair of the Vormelker-Thomas Student Stipend Award Committee, has introduced a number of young, talented librarians to the News Division.

Chris also has received a Freedom Forum/SLA International Program fellowship to Russia, where he introduced journalists to news research on the internet, but I’ll come back to that.

He was a member of the visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute’s “News Libraries for the Year 2000”

And he served as Treasurer for the News Division.

But, let me digress and return to the topic of his trip to Russia to introduce Russian journalists to news research on the internet. Chris got so many questions about his trip that he did an article in New Library News where he posed those questions and answered them for the reader. I’ll share a brief excerpt to give you an idea of the privations Chris suffered for SLA and the News Division while serving behind the former Iron Curtain:


To Russia, With Love
By Chris Hardesty

   I suppose I’ll never be able to give a thorough travelogue of my trip to Russia last November. The story has been told dozens of times, but folks still toss out questions looking for facts and anecdotes that I fail to mention. Read on. I’ll answer some of the questions I’ve been asked.

Q: OK. About the language differences?

…I was never left too long without an English speaker. In Moscow, they arranged for young English-speaking women to take me to see the sights.

Q: Were they pretty?

Absolutely incredible! Beautiful and elegant is more like it. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures, but you can’t fully appreciate the beauty until you stand next to something and touch it. It’s a full sensory kind of thing. You take in the sounds, smells, everything. Some were deteriorating, though.

Q: Are you talking about the women?

No, I thought “pretty” was referring to the sights. But yes, my sightseeing guides were pretty too. I saw many pretty women. And again, beautiful and elegant is a better description. The stereotype of Russian women being unattractive and bulky is no more accurate than the stereotype of librarians being old maids with their hair in a bun.


Of course I have to admit there have been a lot of rumors about Chris and SLA Conference, so I’ll break down and share a couple with you.

   At the Toronto conference, the exhibit hall had a large foyer where SLA had set up its usual information kiosks and included among them was a booth maintained by the next year’s host community, Baltimore. About mid-week in conference, Chris and I were walking through the area and noticed that the booth was devoid of workers but surrounded by interested attendees. So we did what every good news librarian does, we slid into the booth which was laden with brochures, pins, restaurants guides, and tourist maps. Chris was very much in his element as we handed out all kinds of information to the folks contemplating an informative visit to Baltimore for the next year’s conference. Some of the information was accurate, but all of it was given out in a friendly, engaging and enthusiastic manner. Eventually someone smelled a rat and hurried off to find the person in charge. She came purposely striding up to us and in an indignant aside, asked us who we were and what did we think we were doing. We sweetly explained that we had noticed a need and moved to address it. She said that our services were no longer needed and that we should move along. The story could have ended there, but Chris and I had the last laugh. That year they had assembled a rapid-fire video collage of the conference week that was, a virtual trip through the events of the Toronto conference. And, you guessed it, there representing SLA’s bridge to the next conference was Chris, enthusiastically dispensing dubious information from the Baltimore booth.

In Indianapolis, Chris had another conference adventure. I had wandered off to bed one night when he and a few other revelers decided that they just had to assuage their hunger by driving to the local White Castle for some early morning burgers. Apparently they had a wonderful time, but the next morning I received an urgent call from Chris telling me that he had lost his wallet and all his identification on that trip to White Castle. I sympathized, but little did I realize how much inconvenience this loss would entail. Over the next two days, Chris cancelled his credit cards and made arrangements with home state officials for a fax of a photo ID that would allow him to board a plane for home. It all came together, but I’ve always thought that I should have kept a better watch on him and I’ve wanted to do something to assure it won’t happen again. So, here is my personal gift to you on the occasion of your joining the Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor. [Campo hands Chris a large leather wallet complete with dangling chain to secure it to his belt.] Chris, I want you to use this wallet from now on whenever you wander at conference. And, more importantly, I want to congratulate you and present you with your Agnes Henebry Roll of Honor Award.



Charlie Campo recognized by the Maine State Library

The Maine State Library recognized Charlie Campo for receiving the Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award at the SLA News Division’s annual banquet earlier this month.  Read about it here.

Former Bangor Daily News chief librarian Charlie Campo wins highest honor from news librarian association

The Bangor Daily News writes about Charlie Campo, who received the Joseph F. Kwapil Memorial Award at the SLA News Division awards banquet on Monday night.  Campo retired from the Bangor Daily News last fall, after 33 years of archiving and research in their library.  Thanks to Linda Deitch for pointing out the article, which can be read here.

News Division Awards Announced

Leigh Montgomery announced the 2012 News Division Awards on Friday, May 4th:


The Special Libraries Association News Division Awards Committee presents the list of recipients for the News Division awards this year:

Joseph L. Kwapil Memorial Award:  Charlie Campo

Agnes B. Henebry Roll of Honor Award(two recipients)  Dana Gordon, Chris Hardesty

C. B. Hayden Fellowship: Jessica Baumgart

The awards will be presented at the News Division Awards Banquet and Reception on Monday, July 16 during the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Details to follow very soon.  Kathryn Pease has returned to help plan this year’s event.  As conference planner and chair-elect Debra Bade mentioned, the tickets are $55, and the early-bird conference rate is available through May 11.

We are grateful for this year’s Awards Committee, for generously giving their time and perspective: Amy Disch, Celia Donnelly, Linda Henderson, Peter Johnson, and Leigh Poitinger.   Thanks to all.

Please join me in congratulating these honorees and remembering all of their good work for the SLA News Division.

Cheers from Leigh
Past-Chair, News Division

Memories of Toronto

For those News Division members who didn’t get to attend the Special Libraries Association’s annual meeting in Toronto last month, or for those who were at the Awards Dinner and want to see photos of the frivolities there, Barbara Semonche has posted a page of photos, a program scan, and audio files from the News Division Awards Dinner and from the Globe and Mail’s party the next night.

Geiger: our favorite folk musician

Richard Geiger, being honored tonight with the News Division’s prestigious Kwapil Award, has submitted the lyrics of the songs he’s singing as his acceptance speech. He shares them with all of us….

There’s a Large Hotel
(There’s a Small Hotel, 1935, apologies to Rodgers & Hart)

There’s a large hotel
Where the News Division dwells
I love when we’re all here, together

There’s a Division suite
One room bright and neat
Complete for us to share together

Entering in that wondrous room
You can see all kinds people
Really smart people, real fun people

When the week is done
We’re through with work and fun
We’ll thank that large hotel together!

Night and Day
(Night and Day, 1932, apologies to Cole Porter)

Night and day
Why is it so?
That I stay up every night
Until the dawn’s glow

My conference friends I see
Only once a year, so I must be
Out on the town
Night and day

Day and night
My headache tortures me
I try to stay awake through speeches
but my eyes simply cannot see

But when at last I fly back home
My weariness straight into the bone
I sleep and sleep — and sleep!
Night and day!


Isn’t It the Conference
(Isn’t It Romantic, 1932, apologies to Rodgers & Hart)

Isn’t it the Conference
That keeps your mind a-humming / clear from June to June?
Isn’t it the Conference
That keeps you coming back / to walk into this room?
Our / speakers are so brilliant / every single year
You / just can’t miss the feeling / grinning from ear to ear

Isn’t it the Conference
A week that can’t be missed / of all the 52
Isn’t it the Conference
Where we always come / so that we can see YOU!
We / will share all of our secrets / gabbing in the suite
It’s so fun to meet!

Yay, Richard!

PLEASE, somebody send pictures!

Addendum 6/29: j here: Amy Disch pointed out that Barbara Semonche’s page on the banquet has an MP3 of Richard Geiger’s performance.