For the Thomas Cooper Society our new year begins July 1, and this coming year is off to a strong and promising start thanks to the leadership of the immediate past president, John Dean.
Four new members have been elected to the TCS Board of Directors: James Baker, Charles Israel, Ginny Newell, and Susie Thorpe. Each brings a special talent to the Board and a history of strong community and professional involvement. Bringing another burst of energy to the Board was the decision by the membership at the annual meeting in May to add an undergraduate and a graduate student member, Katelyn Hayworth and Robert Smith.
Right now you are participating in one of the most recent initiatives, a new webpage for TCS. Be on the lookout for TCS news, photos, event announcements, and new activities of the Society. Along with the webpage you will begin to notice an upbeat change in the format of the TCS Newsletter, new membership forms and information material about the University Libraries.
New is interesting, but so is old. Have you attended one of the recent Open Galleries at the Hollings Library? They are held throughout the year on selected Saturdays from 10 until 2. There are fascinating exhibits and interesting gallery talks. Or perhaps you would like to visit the vault housing rare books and manuscripts. Bring a sweater and a friend. Spend some time with MIRC, the online (sc.edu//mirc) film collections. I had several hours of fun with the Fox Movietone News Collection.
Old or new, there is one constant factor that makes everything happen, and that is the remarkably talented, creative, energetic and dedicated staff of the University Libraries. They will play a major role in making this a good and interesting year for The Thomas Cooper Society.