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Giving Thanks

The Smithsonian Libraries has much to be thankful for this season. On this day of thanks, we've asked our staff members to share the things that make them grateful. In many cases, it was not a "what", but a "who"!


"Thanksgiving Day – November 24, 1864. United We Stand." Harper's Weekly , 1864


 "This is a year to be thankful for so much: the government did not shut down in April, no one was hurt and the real damage was minor to libraries in the earthquake and hurricane, we are able to hire new staff this year and to keep our existing staff fully employed and we did receive lovely additions to the collections –world’s fairs, Galileo, and American Indian are just a few. Most of all, thanks for great colleagues here at the libraries, it’s a joy to work with dedicated, and often humorous people."

-Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director

"I’m especially thankful for coworkers Rachelle Hardy & Liz O’Brien who’s invaluable experience are an enormous help to me while transitioning to the Director’s Office staff."

-Claudia Edge, Special Assistant, Director's Office


"I am thankful to have recently returned to the Smithsonian Libraries as an employee, after a decade-long absence!"

-Trina Brown, Instructional Librarian, History and Culture Department


"I’m thankful for all our volunteers: Valerie Florez, who even with a full-time job, comes in every week to manage the AAPG library’s exchange program, Alex Reigle who creates call numbers for a lot of our books, Timothy Bartholomew, who works on our book sale books every week, Janet Miyazaki for working on our artist vertical files and living artists files, and Donelle O’Meara who also works on our artist vertical files. We wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much as we do without all of our volunteers."

 -Douglas Litts, Head, NPG/SAAM Library


"I am so thankful for my staff – they are the best!"

Sheila Riley, Head, Catalog Management Section

“I am thankful for having a job during a period of significant changes in the U.S. economy.”

Baasil Wilder, Reference Librarian, History and Culture Department


"I'm thankful for our lead developer Joel Richard. His magic programming skills continually make my job easier."

-Erin Rushing, Digital Images Librarian, Digital Services Division


And finally, we would like to take a moment to thank you, our blog readers and library patrons! We hope you have a wonderful holiday, with many reasons for thanks.

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