April 03, 2008

40th Anniversary Kick-off Nets $40,000 gift On Tuesday, April 8, we kicked off our 40th anniversary year when over 200 people came to the Smithsonian Castle building to help us celebrate. As employee recognition awards, SIL staff had been given red T-shirts to mark the "ruby" anniversary, and most wore them to the party. When I looked out from the podium it was a sea of red, and all who came were very, very impressed! Here's Heather Ewing, author of the new biography of James Smithson, and Shauna Collier, our Anacostia librarian, modeling the shirt. Among the attendees were four of the Libraries' Board members, the chairman of the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the the Acting Under Secretary for Administration, several Smithsonian museum directors, and a terrific cross-section of scientists, historians, curators, and other library users and friendsof the Libraries. Our 40th Anniversary Committee put together a trivia contest and a raffle, which made for lots of fun. Thanks to them all for doing such a terrific job! The fortunate attendees heard excellent remarks from Ira Rubinoff, Acting Undersecretary for Science, and Acting Secretary Cristian Samper. Ira Rubinoff said "I think of all our colleagues, the librarians have had to adapt most rapidly to the electronic information age. Not only have you kept up and adopted the latest resources for our scholars, but you have been innovative, as illustrated by your leadership role in the Biodiversity Heritage Library...." Acting Secretary Samper went further and said "I know, Ira knows, we all know how indispensable the 20...

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