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Vol. 23, No. 4/Summer 2001

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Carolyn Hardnett, former chief of research for BET Publishing Group in Washington, DC, started a new job July 2 at the Newseum in Rosslyn, VA. She will be working on the Birthday Banner Project researching news history.

Chris Hardesty has joined Newsday as the Library Director. Most recently Chris was the News Research Director at the San Jose Mercury News. He's also worked at the Raleigh News & Observer and the Chattanooga Times.

Barbara Semonche will be honored with the Eleanor Blum Award for Distinguished Service to Research at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at AEJMC's annual conference in Washington, DC August 6, 2001. Eleanor Blum was a distinguished mass communication bibliographer at Indiana University.

Richard Geiger (San Francisco Chronicle) and Kee Malesky (National Public Radio) co-authored the entry on "News Libraries" for the new online edition of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE, published by Marcel Dekker. The edition should be available next year.

Raleigh News & Observer News Research Manager Denise Jones reports that Lucy Reid and Toby Lyles have joined the staff as researchers. Toby and Lucy are both new to news libraries. Lucy graduated with an MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill. Toby graduated with an MLS from Rutgers University. Denise also reports that researchers Becky Ogburn and Susan Ebbs are now job-sharing.

Jim Oberman, the manager of People magazine's research operations, has been appointed to a newly created post: director of the research center at TIME.

Jim's assignment will be to start up and supervise TIME's own fully independent research center. Jim has had a lot of practice at this, having successfully launched Entertainment Weekly's research center in 1990 and People's in 1992. A native of Springfield, Ill., Jim earned his B.A. at Washington University, spent a year at the Institute of European Studies in Paris and got his master's degree in library science from Columbia. He enjoyed a multimedia journey to Time Inc. that included stints as an associate producer at NBC and ABC News and a senior librarian at the New York Public Library.