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If Rumors Were Horses: Week of 2-28-22

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Rumors for the week of 2-28-22

SEWE, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, has just ended. It’s a three-day showcase of lots about wildlife and nature, a celebration of the great outdoors. This was the 40th anniversary! Four of my grandchildren (7, 5, 4, 3) came from Winston-Salem and Columbia to experience this love affair with reptiles, mammals, and birds of prey!  There was the dog dock where dogs jump into the water from on high, the two-year old alligator, Ramen, a rehabilitated eastern screech owl, Chewie, who was struck by a car and his left eye is missing, and lots more. www.sewe.com

Just learned that the beautiful Erin Luckett, vice president, sales, at Readex, a division of NewsBank is celebrating 19 years at NewsBank. Readex publishes collections of primary source research materials like Ethnic American newspapers, Caribbean newspapers, all sorts of newspapers published in Africa, Latin America and South Asia, and much, much more! Several years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a Readex symposium in Vermont. I had never been to Vermont and it was wonderful, the scenery and especially the experience of tasting genuine maple syrup! www.readex.com

Further away at UC Davis, the awesome Peter Brantley tells us that UC Davis and the UC California Digital Library have received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore (n.b., NOT build) policy and technology frameworks that might support digital book lending across the university. The grant is complementary to the formation of a recent Mellon-funded NISO work effort to develop protocols and practices that would support controlled digital lending with the participation of content platforms, libraries, and content services providers. Pretty cool, huh!

https://cdlib.org/cdlinfo/2022/02/14/uc-davis-library-and-california-digital-library-launch-project-to-explore-expanded-lending-of-digitized-books/

I don’t know how many of you have visited the Library Society in downtown Charleston. It is quite a place. Its first permanent address (1792-1835) was within what is now the Charleston County Courthouse at 82 Broad Street. It has been located at 164 King Street since 1914. It is the third oldest subscription library in the US after the Library Company of Philadelphia (1731 founded by Benjamin Franklin). The Charming Anne Cleveland has been executive director since 2009 but is planning to retire in the next year. She has done a fabulous job of rejuvenating the Library Society! Happy retirement, Anne! https://charlestonlibrarysociety.org/

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (Nasdaq: HMHC) (“HMH,” or the “Company”), a learning technology company, has  announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with certain affiliates of Veritas Capital (“Veritas”), a leading private investment firm, for the acquisition of the Company. Seems like mergers will never stop! https://www.hmhco.com

Was talking to the energetic and innovative Kent Anderson this afternoon. He was digging out from the big storm. Isn’t snow fun until you have to shovel it?  By contrast it was 77 degrees here at Sullivan’s island. I know that Florida is better but what the hey! I’ll settle for South Carolina! https://www.linkedin.com/in/kentranderson

John Velazquez atop Medina Spirit (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Do y’all like horse racing as much as I do? Only the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. Was bummed when Medina Spirit was disqualified from the 2021 Kentucky Derby but just saw that Medina Spirit will be buried alongside Charismatic and War Emblem. By any chance do any of you read Dick Francis horse racing novels? Have a favorite to share with us? https://www.cbssports.com/general/news/medina-spirit-the-disqualified-2021-kentucky-derby-winner-to-be-buried-alongside-charismatic-and-war-emblem/

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