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