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Event Recap: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War: Author Book Talk and Dinner

Event Recap: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War: Author Book Talk and Dinner

By Jill Lynch
On May 14, 2014 the DC SLA Military Libraries Group hosted an author talk with Kayla Williams at Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro in Old Town Alexandria. Kayla was invited to talk to us about her newest book, Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War over an intimate dinner with a small group of 16 librarians and guests.

The dinner was located on the second floor of the recently opened, Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro on King Street in Old Town Alexandria. We had the entire space to ourselves and it was elegantly decorated for our event. The upstairs facility had a view overlooking King Street, a private bar and restrooms. DC/SLA member and CUA library student Elizabeth Lieutenant was posted downstairs at the entry to the Bistro to hand out name tags and direct attendees upstairs.
Guests started arriving just after 6:00 PM for cocktails, appetizers and networking. While sipping on drinks and enjoying bites of spanakopita, fried calamari and triple dip on pita bread slices, we caught up with old friends and new acquaintances. Kayla arrived early and socialized with us before the talk started.
Time quickly carried us later into the evening and everyone settled into their seats close to 7:00 PM. Salad was served as Kayla was being introduced. She told us all to enjoy our meals, as she had no problems with talking over clinking forks and plates.
Kayla started her talk by giving us some background information about how she met her husband, Brian McGough, during her year-long deployment to Iraq during the early years of the war, which is documented in her first book, Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army. The remainder of the talk centered on the years that take place after she returned home from war. Kalyla shared details of the many challenges she experienced as a female combat veteran and new wife including the lack of care returning war veterans receive, the difficulties of reintegration into civilian life, and the strain of caring for Brian during his rehabilitation from traumatic brain injury he received during an ambush in Iraq. Kayla also described how energizing it is for her to advocate for better care for future generations of returning warriors.

Dinner was a choice of Chicken François or Eggplant Parmesan and was served just before the end of the talk. Kayla is a vegetarian and her first book details how difficult it was for her to find healthy meat-free meals while on deployment. It was a blessing that Vaso’s gave us a vegetarian option.
Kayla sat down to eat as most of us were finishing up. She sat in the center of the “T” shaped table and entertained questions while dessert and coffee were served. She answered all of our questions with a combination of directness, allegory, and wit and she left us laughing frequently with a point well-illustrated through clever humor. Once again we found ourselves short of time and unfortunately the fellowship couldn’t continue as long as we might have liked. The dinner was scheduled to end at 8:30 PM but we were still chatting well past 9:00 PM. Before leaving for the evening, Kayla reminded us that she would be more than happy to speak at any of our libraries.
The DC/SLA Military Libraries Group is grateful that Kayla Williams spent an evening away from her family to share her story with us. We were also pleased with Vaso’s Mediterranean Bistro and would like to thank the management and staff for facilitating this wonderful and informative event.

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Join the Military Librarians Group for Special Reception and Tour of Grant Hall, Ft McNair

Join the Military Librarians Group for Special Reception and Tour of Grant Hall, Ft McNair

The Military Libraries Group of DC/SLA invites you to an Evening Reception and Tour of Grant Hall on the grounds of Ft Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. Begin the evening with a Wine Reception, Ft McNair Officers’ Club (4th & P Sts) followed by Tours of Grant Hall, Ft McNair.

The newly renovated building, formerly known as “Building 20,” was originally part of Washington Arsenal and the Federal Penitentiary during the Civil War. The third floor of Grant Hall was the site of the Lincoln Conspirators Trial in a specially prepared Courtroom. A tour of the Grant Hall Courtroom is a unique opportunity to learn about the sad aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination, as much of the country mourned the fallen President and struggled to regain its “Nationhood.”

This tour is a very special opportunity as this building is not generally open to the public. Docents from Special Collections of the National Defense University (NDU) Library will conduct the tours. Visitors will need to walk up two flights of stairs to the renovated Grant Hall Courtroom. No special accommodations are possible in this historic building.

A maximum of 40 members and guests can be accommodated on the special tour.  We will maintain a Waiting List. More details below:

WHEN:  Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m.  R.S.V.P. by May 7th.  Walking Tours depart O’Club at 6:15 and 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Ft Lesley J. McNair, located in Southwest Washington DC, between the Anacostia River and the Washington Channel not far from Arena Stage, and Waterside Mall (under reconstruction). METRO: Waterfront – Green Line, Three/four block walk to the Main Gate or auto access gate.

Free Parking is available in the Officers’ Club Lot.  Picture ID required for entrance to Ft McNair.

HOW:     Register for this tour NOW!  Cost:   DC/SLA Members/DCLA/LLSDC – $20, Guests – $25,
Students/Retirees/Job Seekers – $10

For more information:   Contact Sharon Lenius leniussa@gmail.com

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Celebrate National Preservation Week 2013 with Special Events Hosted by the LOC

Celebrate National Preservation Week 2013 with Special Events Hosted by the LOC

The Library of Congress, along with the American Library Association (ALA), will celebrate Preservation Week 2013 with a special focus on saving the mementos of military members and their families—digital and analog correspondence, photos, videos, scrapbooks and albums, and objects such as medals and uniforms.

The Library will host a number of events, from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26, to share care strategies for these priceless keepsakes, so they can be passed on to future generations.

Preservation Week Events

  • Monday, April 22, from noon to1:30 p.m., “Preserving Your Memories: Print and Digital Photographs” Conservators will highlight basic preservation measures one can do at home to care for photographs. Digital archivists will cover preservation considerations for digital photo files. The 2012-2013 Fellow in Photograph Conservation will present research and treatment of a World War I photograph album. Staff from the Library’s Veterans History Project will share information on how to participate in the project. Dining Room A, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
  • Monday, April 22, from 6 p.m. to7:30 p.m., “Rosenzweig Forum on Technology and the Humanities: Preserving and Interpreting Born-Digital Collections:” Presenters will discuss how their organizations are acquiring, managing, analyzing, preserving and providing access to born-digital collections. The Rosenzweig Forum for the Digital Humanities is a collaboration of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C
  • Tuesday, April 23, from noon to 2:00 p.m., “These Amazing Shadows: The Movies that Made America”—FilmThis 2011 documentary illustrates the history and importance of the National Film Regis try, the Library’s collection of 600 films—with up to 25 added each year—identified as culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. Featuring interviews with Librarian of Congress James H. Billington and experts from the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, the film champions preservation of our material heritage as a celebration of the American experience. Introductions by the Library’s Mark Sweeney, director for Preservation and Liz Stanley, preservation specialist. Pickford Theater, on the third of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C
  • Wednesday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m., “Preserving Your Memories: Traditional and Digital Albums and Scrapbooks:” Conservators will highlight basic preservation measures one can do at home for long-lasting albums and scrapbooks; present the pros and cons of dismantling old scrapbooks and albums in poor condition; and discuss how to address condition problems. Preservation considerations for digitals albums and scrapbooks will be discussed. Staff from the Library’s Veterans History Project also will share information on how to participate in the project. Dining Room A, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.
  • Friday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m., “PAC: A Packed Agenda for Conserving Libraries’ Heritage — 20 Years of Changes and Development”—Lecture:” Christiane Baryla, director of the International Federation of Library Associations Core Activity on Preservation and Conservation, will speak on international preservation efforts.Pickford Theater,, on the third of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C

Preservation Week Virtual Events

  • April 21 to 27, Veterans History Project Digital Presentation
    The website presents seven collections that represent the wide variety of concerns that must be addressed when preserving the first-hand accounts of America’s veterans. Available at http://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/ex-war-preservation.html
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m. EDT, Webinar: “Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs:” The Library’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program will present information about learning to care for digital photos. Hosted by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Free, but registration required at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/876436809.

Preservation Week—an initiative supported by the Library of Congress, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services of the ALA, the Institute of Library and Museum Services, the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists and Heritage Preservation—encourages libraries and other collection institutions to connect to our local communities and inspire action to preserve our collective heritage.

A full list of national activities can be seen at Preservation Week’s online map and followed on Twitter via @PreservationWk.

And if you tweet, don’t forget to use the Preservation Week hashtag: #preswk.

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Want to know what it takes to lead under pressure? Hear how one brave woman approached her leadership challenges.

Want to know what it takes to lead under pressure? Hear how one brave woman approached her leadership challenges.

Would you take a leadership position at a high visibility organization that has seen its problems in the headlines of every major newspaper?    What would it take to convince you to accept a position where the world is watching and looking for fast improvements to long standing problems?  Would being called to testify before Congress cause you stress?  Could your belief in the mission of the organization overcome the risk of taking such a job?  Do you have the leadership skills and intestinal fortitude for such a job?

Ms. Kathryn A. Condon took such a job in June 2010 as the Executive Director, Army National Military Cemeteries.  She is responsible for both long-term planning and day-to-day administration and operations of Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.  She has testified before Congress many times and the Government Accountability Office reported that significant progress that has been made since she took the job. .

Hear how one brave woman approached her leadership challenges, more about Arlington Cemetery and its future! on Jan 30th, 2013, 6-8 pm at this DC/SLA program at the NPR (National Public Radio) offices, 635 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.

Date: January 30, 2013 6-8 pm

Location: NPR Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.

Closest Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Yellow & Green lines) or Mount Vernon Square (Red line)

Price:  Student/Retired/Unemployed: $8

Member: $15

Nonmember: $20

Questions contact: Sharon Lenius at leniussa@gmail.com

NPR (National Public Radio)
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Click HERE to register.

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Sharon Lenius Receives SLA Hall of Fame Award

Sharon Lenius Receives SLA Hall of Fame Award

Sharon Lenius is a retired Federal Librarian. Her position prior to retirement was as Digital Resources Librarian for the Headquarters, Joint Staff, National Guard Bureau. Other professional employment included Director of the Technical Reference Library of the Reserve Component Automation System, a major acquisition program. Federal library experience occurred early in her career serving with the Army Library Program in Aschaffenburg, Germany. Public library experiences reflect her “gypsy life” as the spouse of an Army Officer — Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Burlington County (NJ) Public Library, and Fairfax County Public Library (VA).

Currently Sharon is active with the DC Chapter of SLA serving as the Lead Program Planner for the Military Libraries Group, a sub-committee under the Chapter. Elected to serve as Secretary of the Government Information Division, SLA, 2012.her other activities include Resources Committee Co-Chair for the Military Libraries Division, and active contributor to the ENCORE Caucus of SLA. Leisure travel is a primary pastime, with European River Cruises number one on the list
Previously, Sharon served DGI as Secretary and Director (Membership). She was Chair of the Military Libraries Division in 2001.

Sharon holds an undergraduate degree in History from Marian University, Indianapolis, and an MA in Library Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MPA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

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