In Memoriam: Barbara Semonche

We received the sad news today that Barbara Semonche passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. There will be a Remembrance Celebration on June 13th at the family’s home. We have lost a great champion of news libraries, mentor and friend. Her work and dedication to the News Division will long be remembered. She not only devoted countless hours and energy to the News Division but also to other SLA chapters and divisions as well as many students at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many colleagues are sharing warm memories of her on the NewsLib mailing list. Our condolences to the family.

 
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The Semonche Files aid in recreating a memorial page for Joe Wright, former Miami News research director

Tonight as I was adding categories and tags to the old NewsliBlog postings, I came across one that had a link to a page Barbara Semonche had created in memory of Joe Wright, former research director at the Miami News.  The blog linked to an outdated link on the Park Library Web site.  I went digging through the CD I have containing most of the files Barbara created during her tenure at the Park Library.  I was excited to find the HTML file and related photos.  I loaded those files on this site and you can see the page here:

http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/bsemonchefiles/Obits/joewright.html

Thanks Barbara for compiling all this material and preserving the history of news libraries and news librarians!

Newslib has a New URL

Newslib has a New URL

It looks like the URL for Newslib, the discussion list for the Special Libraries Association News Division, has a new URL: http://lists.unc.edu/read/?forum=newslib. Access may be restricted to subscribers only. It’s possible to search the list’s archives and manage accounts via this Web site. Barbara Semonche, Newslib’s manager, provides more information about the list.

Barbara blogs!

Barbara blogs!

This via Jessica Baumgart’s blog, news of the Park Library News online newsletter published by news library guru Barbara Semonche. Jessica blogged it yesterday, and says “The “news” Barbara reports is often helpful to journalists and news librarians everywhere, not just the UNC journalism students who use the Park Library.”

— Liz Donovan