Happy Holidays everyone!
I hope everyone had a merry Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or whatever else people celebrate these days! I’d love to tell you more about my holiday, but I’ll save that for next time…this time, I have something WAY more important.
My friend and fellow library professional Mary Jane – or just MJ to those in the know – sent me this email in November:
“Dear Fellow SLIS alumni, (<– School of Library and Information Studies – that’s me!)
It is with great honor that I pay tribute to the memory of Dr. Harold Goldstein who served as Dean during my student days at the Library School in the mid-‘70’s. He was instrumental in igniting my passion for teaching & public speaking. I didn’t even believe I had those skills until he called me on the phone one day to ask me to teach Young Adult Media. With his encouragement and belief in my abilities, my doubts and apprehension in sharing my knowledge in front of a group of people were eased. I never imagined that in my librarianship career of 35 years, I would also spend 20 of those years as an adjunct professor in the Library School! Dean Goldstein taught me an invaluable lesson in my young career – believing is achieving. He lit my fire for ambition and success and for that I will always be grateful!
With a deep sense of gratitude, I have decided to lead an initiative to honor Dean Goldstein by establishing the Dr. Harold Goldstein Endowed Scholarship Fund. His widow, Mrs. Julia Goldstein has also made a commitment to assist me in my efforts. During a spring 2012 SLIS convocation reception I was so touched by the number of students receiving accolades, praise and cheers from their peers, parents, and professors as they prepared to step out into the world of their chosen degree. I want to encourage and assist even more students to enter our academic doors of learning. With this fund, it is my hope to raise support for student scholarships in the School of Library & Information Studies.
At times, it truly feels “just like yesterday” that I was walking the halls of Strozier Library; joining my classmates in that basement with our many professors, igniting our passions; and hanging out in the vending machine/makeshift lounge area studying and collaborating! Today we can be pleased that progress has brought us to the Louis Shores Building with much larger quarters compared to yesteryear!
I would like to invite you to join me and Mrs. Goldstein in our efforts to secure the opportunity for scholarships to students entering our profession during this amazing time of transition, turbulence, and tradition! Your gift, in any amount will make a difference.
Thank you for your commitment and passion for our profession!
Mary Jane Little, MS LIS 1975″
What’s that? FSU needs help raising funds for library student scholarships?
TO THE BRASH-MOBILE!
I must say, this is quite a new experience for me. I want to help give back to my alma mater and help bring about more library professionals like myself – but how?I started racking my brain for what I could to do help the cause. What can I give people as incentive to donate? How can I inform them?
Well, I have a blog and Facebook Page I can use to inform people…and I like attention, so maybe I can shine some spotlight on other people…Ta-da! Idea formulated! I’ve never tried using the Brash Librarian to raise money for a scholarship fund before, so bear with me during these shenanigans.
Here’s how it works!
Step One: Check out the CCI Goldstein Endowed Scholarship Fund at
Step Two: Select how much you’d like to donate. Not sure how much? Don’t worry! You can always add more to your donation later.
Step Three: In the Tribute Information section, just put my name (Justin Brasher) or Brash Librarian on there and you’re on your way to fabulous prizes! In true Kickstarter fashion, I’m giving out goodies to people who donate. What would you like?
-$5-10 = Get your name mentioned on Brash Librarian – first name only!
-$11-25 = Get your name mentioned and personal thank you letters from:
- The Brash Librarian, Justin Brasher
- Dr. Lawrence Dennis, Dean of FSU’s College of Communication & Information
- Ms. Mary Jane Little, FSU School of Library & Information Studies Distinguished Alumnae, CCI Leadership Board past chair and member
-$25-49 = Get yourself featured in a future post – photo, bio, whatever you’d like to share!
-$50+ =THE BIG ONE: Your own one-on-one interview with the Brash Librarian!
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
The College has also been generous enough to donate a special grand prize! Any Brash Librarian fans who donate are entered to win a special FSU bundle – t-shirts, pens, coffee mug, stuff that says, “I support libraries and library students! I’m so Brash, it hurts.”
Alright folks, let’s get started! On that note, I am off to a New Years party. Time to drink, party, and convince 20 drunks to pledge $10…it could work. SO MUCH BRASH!
Stay tuned for more news on this, kids! Be safe tonight!
Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian
Dear JB, you are way, way cool. I will make a donation today! Here’s to success in 2014!
Thanks MJ! Way to kick things off!
Hi Justin! Hope all is well your way. J I wanted to take this opportunity to find out how YOU are feeling about the Goldstein project you have so graciously agreed to work on. Are things progressing as you would wish? Any pros or cons? I am just so grateful that you offered to do this for us, that it is important to me that you are happy with your approaches, etc. Is there anything from the FSU side that you need? My desire is to have a win-win for all of us.
Thinking of you and wishing you a great 2014.
Copies: To Your Support Team!
Things seem to be progressing thus far.
Pros? That I can help people.
Cons? That I can’t do more and therefore be more awesome.
Hmmm, anything that FSU can offer? I’d say promote me, but I know you guys put my name out there already! So…maybe a cup of coffee or something?
You’re being rad, I like to think I’m being rad, that’s about as much win-win as I can ask for at present. You have a great 2014 as well!
-JB, the BL
Hi Justin and MJ,
As I mentioned in my last email, I was going to work with the Dean and the FSU Foundation to create a more user-friendly giving page for this initiative. Finally, the FSU Foundation created the direct link below so kindly update on your blog:
This will make the online giving process so much easier! I’ve been checking the gift reports and I haven’t seen any gifts come in yet from your blog. However, don’t be disheartened because it really takes time for people to decide, especially right after the holidays.
Thanks so much again for all your efforts and let me know how I can be of further assistance.
With warm thanks,
From: Mary Jane [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:01 PM
To: ‘Justin Brasher, The Brash Librarian’
Cc: Brooks, Mafe; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [New post] Hold On Tight…I’ve Never Done This Before.
Hi Justin! Hope all is well your way. ☺ I wanted to take this opportunity to find out how YOU are feeling about the Goldstein project you have so graciously agreed to work on. Are things progressing as you would wish? Any pros or cons? I am just so grateful that you offered to do this for us, that it is important to me that you are happy with your approaches, etc. Is there anything from the FSU side that you need? My desire is to have a win-win for all of us.
Thinking of you and wishing you a great 2014.
Copies: To Your Support Team!
Thanks Mafe! I shall let the good people know.