Goldman's Observations http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal 2016-02-06T19:19:07Z hourly 1 2000-01-01T12:00+00:00 A Collection Of Protips From The Last Half-Decade http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2016/02/a-collection-of-protips-from-the-last-half-decade.html 2016-02-06T19:19:07Z According to KnowYourMeme, a “PROTIP is a term often used in forums and comments to preface snarky, obvious, counterintuitive, or sometimes genuine advice for the novice.” I have offered numerous protips over the past half-decade, ranging from snarky to genuine. Here, for your edification, are my protips to date:

* Protip: the “I automatically delete my emails after reading them” defense rarely works http://j.mp/1OepwZ1 (Twitter 2016)

* Protip: don’t try to intimidate witnesses, especially if your Instagram handle is “snitch_killa305” http://j.mp/1ljPHpf (Twitter 2015)

* Protip: you’ll never match up with Mr. (or Ms.) Right if you don’t enter your email address correctly #millennials #TextingPreferred (Twitter 2015)

* Protip to personal injury plaintiffs: don’t Facebook-checkin at courthouse with the status “becoming a millionaire” http://j.mp/1mb18AE (Twitter 2015)

* I just signed a 14 page law firm engagement letter. Protip: if your engagement letter is 14 pages, it’s probably 12-13 pages too long (Twitter 2015)

* Kozinski used the term “neutral tools” five times, but he never defined the term or explained if online tool ever can be “neutral” (protip: the answer is no). (Blog 2015)

* Protip: usually when a disciplinary authority enforces the lawyer oath, it’s because they didn’t have a very strong case of misconduct (Blog 2015)

* Protip to lawyers: be careful signing online petitions, especially if they possibly relate to a matter you’re working on! (Blog 2015)

* a protip we knew even before Google’s critics shat on the first three settlement proposals: Google’s critics will *NEVER* be happy with any settlement proposal that Google would voluntarily accept (Blog 2015)

* protip to griping bloggers: even though it’s surely fair use, please don’t include headshots on your blog (Blog 2014)

* Protip: save your “I hate my job” gallows humor and workplace venting for your diary or happy hour at the local bar, not your Facebook timeline. (Blog 2014)

* another protip to griping bloggers: even though it’s surely fair use, please don’t include headshots on your blog. It’s avoidable litigation-bait (Blog 2014)

* Protip: before buying a digital song or movie, I check eBay and Half.com to see how much it costs to buy the same CD or DVD used (Blog 2013)

* Protip: Kegstands and Vertigo Are Inconsistent With Each Other–Johnson v. Ingalls (Blog 2012)

* A protip of general applicability: never allow sharp objects at family reunions. (Blog 2012)

* a new protip: if you’re involved in a fight, check with your lawyer before discussing said fight on Facebook (Blog 2012)

BONUS: My co-blogger Venkat Balasubramani has blogged some protips as well:

* Pro-tip: if you’re going to let someone borrow your phone, make sure you don’t have any sexy selfies that can be freely accessed by anyone who accesses the phone. (Blog 2014)

* PRO TIP: I presume the temptation is strong to monitor your soon-to-be-ex-spouse’s email, but resist it at all costs! (Blog 2014)

* Pro-tip: First Amendment merits aside, as a lawyer, I would avoid the “I have an absolute right to contact my ex” argument. (Blog 2014)

* Protip: Don’t Send Emails Threatening to “Inflict the Maximum Amount of Financial Pain” Allowed By Law (Blog 2014)

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Announcing the Helen B. and Lewis E. Goldstein Scholarship Fund http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2016/02/announcing-the-helen-b-and-lewis-e-goldstein-scholarship-fund.html 2016-02-01T23:27:53Z Helen and Lewis Goldstein Sept 1974We’re pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Helen B. and Lewis E. Goldstein Scholarship Fund. Helen and Lew were my mom Gail Schlachter’s parents (i.e., my grandparents), who died in 1984 (Lew) and 1988 (Helen). Before her death, my mom set aside some money to create a scholarship in their honor, and I contributed some money as well. We’ve established the scholarship with the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and the first award will be made this year. See the description and application process on the Jewish Federation’s website. The total scholarship amount will be at least $6,800 per year, and here are the eligibility requirements we specified to the federation:

a Jewish full-time student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate school (i.e., incoming freshman to graduate student) in the United States. Other criteria the scholarship committee may consider as “plus” factors: (1) recipient is an immigrant, or (2) recipient is enrolled in a professional school, especially law, business or library/information science.

All scholarship recipients will get the following statement:

Lewis Goldstein’s family emigrated from Russia, with stops in England and Canada before arriving in Detroit. Helen Goldstein left a shtetl in what is now Poland, traversed on foot across Europe to escape World War I, and arrived in Detroit.

Lewis obtained a law degree from Detroit College of Law and eventually became a civilian government contracts specialist for the U.S. Air Force in California. The Goldsteins had two children, Larry and Gail, who earned advanced degrees and achieved substantial professional success as a lawyer and librarian/publisher. The Goldsteins believed deeply in the value of education (even though Helen never had the privilege of completing her schooling); and though their lifetime earnings were modest, they set aside money to help their five grandchildren pursue their educations.

Their story might sound similar to the stories of thousands of other Eastern European Jews who emigrated to the United States, but it’s a powerful story that deserves retelling. The Goldsteins fled persecution, anti-Semitism and war violence in Europe to find tolerance and economic opportunity in the United States; and through their hard work and investments in education, they provided a better life for their descendants. It means a great deal to the Goldstein family that Helen and Lewis’ legacy includes an investment in your education with the hope it will provide long-term benefits to you and your descendants.

If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please let me know.

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Remarks From Gail Schlachter’s Induction Into the California Library Hall of Fame (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015) http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/12/remarks-from-gail-schlachters-induction-into-the-california-library-hall-of-fame-gail-schlachter-hauser-1943-2015.html 2015-12-03T18:47:15Z 22442665258_9ba8e3e3ce_kLast month, my mom, Gail Schlachter, was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame. The text from her CLA induction page:

Driven by a commitment to identify information needs and to create resources to meet those needs, Dr. Gail A. Schlachter worked for more than three decades in the library and information fields as a reference librarian, a library administrator, a library educator, an author of library-oriented reference works, a reviewer of reference resources, and publisher of both print and electronic materials. During her career, Schlachter was elected several times to the governing councils of the American Library Association (ALA) and California Library Association, served as the president of ALA’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and was selected first as the reference review editor and then as the editor-in-chief of Reference and User Services Quarterly, RUSA’s official reference-oriented journal. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of reference librarianship, she received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, and was honored with the Louis Shores Award, named the “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” by the University of Wisconsin’s School of Library and Information Studies, and received numerous honors for her publications. Schlachter got her master’s degree in library science from Wisconsin in 1967 and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota library school in 1971. She was president of Reference Service Press and visiting professor at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science when she died suddenly in 2015.

At the CLA Annual Meeting in Pasadena, Patty Wong, Yolo County Librarian, made the induction. Her remarks:

My name is Patty Wong, and I had the pleasure of knowing our next honoree for my entire professional career. It is indeed an honor to induct Gail Schlachter into the CA Librarians Hall of Fame for 2015.

Before my short remarks, let me please introduce Gail’s family and friends who are also here to honor her life as a transformative force in the library profession in CA and indeed throughout the country. We are blessed to have Gail’s daughter, Dr. Sandra Hirsh and her husband Jay Hirsh, Gail’s son Eric Goldman, Gail’s brother Larry Goldstein and his wife Bobbi, Gail’s long time friend and co-author of her Reference Service Press financial aid directories, David Weber, and a good friend of the family, Anysse Friedman. We thank you for sharing Gail with us and recognize each of you for being such a strong and vital part of her life, and those relationships carried into her professional contributions today.

Many of us have our own Gail stories – of how each time we met she made us feel so special – we looked forward to meeting her at conference, at a meeting, a program, in the hallway. Gail’s professional life and influence was so profound, that in this fall 2105 issue of Reference User Services Quarterly a full eight pages have been dedicated to chronicle wonderful tributes to Gail and her influence on so many legendary people in the profession.

Gail touched our hearts and our minds and with a twinkle in her eye, always to strive to do the best, our best, for others and for libraries and librarianship. We were fortunate that she came to call California home.

As an avid advocate for reference, Gail was founder, publisher and on many occasions, sole employee of Reference Services Press. Gail established the Reference Service press fellowship, a $3000 scholarship for a library school student who was training to become a reference librarian. Administered annually by CLA the fellowship wasn’t just about the funding but what was so important to Gail was the relationship with the recipients. Gail’s mentoring continued with the establishment of the Reference Service Press Award of $2500 annually to the authors of the most outstanding article published in RUSQ during the previous two years an award administered by ALA’s Reference and User Services Association since 1985.

Gail’s work directly impacted Californians everywhere. The Reference Service Press financial directories became a staple reference item in most public libraries. These volumes enabled the higher educational pursuits of thousands of people and especially those who might have had fewer opportunities, to support the lives particularly of men and women of color and women and girls and other underserved groups was legendary and indeed thousands of us benefitted from her research and dedication to helping and mentoring people.

Gail’s contributions to our community have been widespread and impactful; her lifelong goal of election to the ALA Executive Board became historical as she was one of three Californians elected to the board that year, a true testament to the acknowledgment of her commitment and support for all things ALA. Gail also served with great distinction in many positions within CLA and was one of the foundation members of CA Gold: the Sacramento Valley Chapter of REFORMA, serving most recently as our Treasurer.

Gail was many things to us all, and her influence as library advocate and ambassador, mentor, educator, provider, counselor, motivator, strategist, historian, ethicist, promoter, and yes philanthropist was almost magical. She brought that right combination of what you were lacking or seeking with every encounter. I was blessed to call her colleague and friend and I know of hundreds of others who feel this way as well.
Thank you to Gail’s family and friends for allowing us to share in her life with you.

I invite Sandy Hirsh to the stage to accept this recognition in honor of Gail Schlachter and her formal induction into the 2015 CA Librarians Hall of Fame.

My sister, Sandy Hirsh, then accepted the award on our mom’s behalf. Her remarks:

Thank you for this recognition of my mom — Gail Schlachter’s — contributions to California libraries. I know that she would be thrilled, honored and touched by this wonderful recognition.

Among my mom’s many impressive accomplishments, my mom was a wonderful role model–-not just for me but for everyone she met! inspired and influenced people through her passion for the profession, her work ethic, her caring for others, her interest in everyone’s success, her mentorship, her focus on quality, and her generosity, to name just a few of her amazing qualities. Throughout my life, my mom was always ready to listen, provide thoughtful advice, help in any way, celebrate every accomplishment (and I mean EVERY), and cheer me on. She is the reason I entered the profession, and I have learned over the years, and the point was made again and again after her untimely death, that while she might be expected to extend herself in these ways as a mother, she actually was like this with lots of people! While I thought she was my own personal cheerleader, she actually was cheering on numerous other people in the profession, other members of our family, and many of her friends and acquaintances.

In fact, as I reflect on her life, I think one of her super powers was the gift she had for building relationships and friendships. She had the ability to make everyone feel like she was their special friend – and this empowered them and helped them feel confident and helped contribute to their success. I don’t know how she had enough hours in the day to run her own publishing company, take care of her family, manage her real estate, and engage with so many people in such a caring, supportive, and engaged way!

She used to talk about how she was “small but mighty”. Those of you who knew her know how true this was! She leaves a big legacy through her numerous professional contributions to ALA and CLA, her reference publications which have helped countless people find financial aid to advance their education, her generosity through the Reference Service Press scholarships and awards she gave through ALA RUSA and the California Library Association, her family whom she loved and devoted so much of herself to, and her friends, colleagues and acquaintances who she made feel special and important.

Thank you for inducting her into the California Library Hall of Fame. I hope this recognition will help us remember my mom’s many contributions to California Libraries and help us embrace and adopt my mom’s enthusiasm, passion, energy and love for the library profession. I hope that her memory will continue to inspire librarians in California, and our profession as a whole. Thank you again for this tremendous honor for my mom, Gail Schlachter.

My photo gallery from the event.

Blog Posts About Gail Schlachter Hauser’s Death

* Memorial For My Mom At The ALA Annual Meeting (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Patricia Schuman’s Remembrance of Gail Schlachter Hauser (1943-2015)
* Dimi Berkner’s Eulogy For My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Remembrance From My Mom’s Lifelong Friend, David Weber (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Remembrance from Sumyyah Bilal
* An Example of How My Mom’s Books Helped Students (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* My Sister’s Eulogy For Our Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* My Eulogy For My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* From my wife: Gail Schlachter, My Mother-in-law, Remembered
* Selected Remembrances of Gail Schlachter Hauser (1943-2015)
* My First Mother’s Day Without My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Signs That My Mom Is Still Thinking of Us (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* My Mom’s Idea of a “Really Good Day” (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* Initial Reflections on Losing a Parent (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* My Mom Died: Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015

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New Listing: Commercial Building in Sonora http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/11/new-listing-commercial-building-in-sonora.html 2015-11-25T00:23:52Z tuolumneI’ve listed a commercial building, 14266 Tuolumne Rd in Sonora, for sale. The building has prime visibility on a major commercial road in Sonora, which is the county seat and main commercial city for Tuolumne County–home of Yosemite and part of the Gold Country. The building has a good amount of square footage (around 5k of retail on the upper level and 5k of storage on the lower level) and nice revenue potential, but it’s also got deferred maintenance that will require a new owner’s attention. To reflect this, I’ve heavily discounted the price, making this a great opportunity for a bargain-hunter looking to polish something up and reap the economic benefits. If you’re interested, please contact the broker.

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Kaplan Is Hiring LSAT Prep Instructors. Should I Go For It? http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/11/kaplan-is-hiring-lsat-prep-instructors-should-i-go-for-it.html 2015-11-24T20:52:33Z downloadI got the following unsolicited email today:

My name is [redacted], and I’m part of the recruitment team at Kaplan Test Preparation, a national organization which helps its students prepare for standardized tests through classroom instruction and individual tutoring. I came across your profile, and I thought you could be a great match for our LSAT instructor position in San Jose.

This is a flexible part-time instructor role, with courses running in local institutions and usually meeting on evenings and weekends. The starting rate is typically $22/hour for teaching time, and raises are earned based on performance. In addition, your training, any preparation time and any non-teaching hours are compensated for and can be completed virtually. Because I’ve already gotten a chance to review your background, I can tell you that the only requirement which you’d have left to meet in order to be considered is to have at least 90th percentile scores on the LSAT. If you don’t already have these scores, we can send you a practice Kaplan LSAT exam to take for free in order to prove 90th percentile efficiency.

If you are interested in learning more, please let me know and I’d be happy to email with you or chat with you by phone to see if this might be a good fit! If this role isn’t a good match for you, I’d appreciate you sharing the information with any friends or colleagues who might be interested. You can send me their information or share my name and email address with them

1) It’s nice to be wanted! Perhaps this will become my plan B if the law professor gig doesn’t work out.

2) One of the favorite parts of my current job is scaring the tuna salad out of law students. Could you imagine if I unleashed that shtick on pre-law students?!

3) Are the openings for new LSAT prep instructors a leading indicator that the LSAT market is turning around? That would be good news for the law school market too.

4) I took the LSAT so long ago that they used a different point scale. When I took it, the max score was 48. Now, the scale is 120-180. So if I sent my score without explanation, I imagine they would wonder if I could fog a mirror.

5) If you are interested in the gig and want me to submit your name, let me know.

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Newly Listed: Entry Level Condo in Los Angeles (El Sereno Area) http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/09/newly-listed-entry-level-condo-in-los-angeles-el-sereno-area.html 2015-09-24T16:12:54Z My campaign of real estate liquidation continues. Newly on the market is 2331 Highbury Ave #25, Los Angeles, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the Autumn Pointe condo complex. The condo unit is pretty basic and some cosmetics could use some updating (e.g., the drapes are vintage 1980s), but it has two standout features:

1) Location. It’s within walking distance of Cal State LA and has immediate freeway access to the 710 near its junction with the 10, making it convenient to reach many destinations in the LA basin (i.e., as quickly as traffic will allow, which I know isn’t saying much). It’s less than 8 miles to downtown LA (bike-rideable!) and about a 20 mile straight shot down the 710 to downtown Long Beach. The neighborhood is nestled between El Sereno, Alhambra and Monterey Park–an eclectic and multi-cultural mix of communities.

2) Price. The condo is listed for $218,888 (yes, we went a little crazy with the Chinese numerology). That price might sound like it should be a nice Midwest suburban house, but anyone familiar with prices in California metropolitan areas probably did a double-take. Is it really possible to own a nice 2 bedroom condo in the heart of Los Angeles for less than a quarter-million? Incredible but true–yes it is! This price point should work for someone who wants to buy their first real estate property in Los Angeles (and bonus! the complex is FHA-approved). At this price, it also may work for an investor looking to buy and lease, especially with the rental demand generated by the Cal State LA community.

You can see the complete photo gallery. Here’s the front view:

2331 Highbury #5

Since the property hit the MLS Monday, we’ve gotten strong demand for this unit, so if you’re interested, move fast. For more information, contact May Gonzalez, Teles Properties, may.gonzalez@telesproperties.com, p0(626) 429-8291.

Also available:

* Awesome Sunnyvale Condo Within Biking Distance of Apple
* Angels Camp investment property
* Forest Meadows “mountain” home

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Newly Listed: Awesome Sunnyvale Condo Within Biking Distance of Apple http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/08/newly-listed-awesome-sunnyvale-condo-within-biking-distance-of-apple.html 2015-08-04T20:09:59Z Today we listed my mom’s 2 bedroom + loft/2 bath Sunnyvale condo, located in the highly desirable Stratford Gardens development. Although it’s a condo, it feels a little like a single-family home because it has a lovely and large private deck, lots of space (nearly 2,000 square feet), a 2 car garage with extra storage space, and the privacy of being an end unit. It also has some of the advantages of being in a nice condominium development, including gated entry, a beautiful pool just steps away from the unit, and park-like grounds.

The Sunnyvale location is terrific. It’s just blocks away from prime shopping districts along El Camino and Fremont Avenue (including one of my favorites, the ever-popular Falafel Stop). It’s easy to get to both 101 and 280, and it’s a short bike ride to Apple’s current and new headquarters.

The location is 457 Ives Terrace, and it’s listed for $1,198,000. We’re going to have open houses this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 1:30-4:30. I’d be grateful if you could help spread the words to your friends!

Here’s a front view of the condo:

457 Ives Terrace

See the entire virtual tour and the Trulia page.

If you’re interested in more details, contact Nil Erdal .

Also on the market:

* Angels Camp investment property
* Forest Meadows “mountain” home

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Newly Listed: My Mom’s “Mountain Home” in the Sierra Foothills http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/07/newly-listed-my-moms-mountain-home-in-the-sierra-foothills.html 2015-07-30T22:09:21Z I’m continuing to liquidate the real estate portfolio left by my mom’s death. We just listed my mom’s “second home,” which is a little misleading because my mom had several “second” homes. This particular one was a long-time family favorite, and while we’re sad to see it go, it’s time to let another family love it.

It’s located in the Sierra foothills along the Highway 4 corridor, just outside of the cutesy and trendy Gold Rush town of Murphys. If you’ve never been to the Highway 4 corridor, you might be surprised how it’s jam-packed with fun activities: skiing in the winter at Bear Valley, hiking at all elevation levels, awesome sequoias at Big Trees State Park, wineries, historical towns, several fun caves to tour, and so much more. The house is located in a gated development called Forest Meadows at an elevation high enough to have beautiful trees and low enough to avoid most snow in the winter.

The house itself has a great layout for family getaways, with a master bedroom on one side and two kids’ bedrooms plus a den on the other side. Right behind the house is a bunch of community amenities, including a pool, park and tennis courts. To make it even easier to move in, we’re including the furnishings as part of the sale.

The listing price is $249,000, which you’ll see compares quite favorably to the prices shown on Zillow. See the full Zillow listing, which includes a full photo album. Here’s the front view:

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If you’re interested, contact Duane Papais at (209) 728-8000 Ext.108 or fmp@goldrush.com.

Also on the market: an investment property in Angels Camp.

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Just Listed: Income-Producing Commercial Building in Angels Camp http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/07/just-listed-income-producing-commercial-building-in-angels-camp.html 2015-07-15T22:48:49Z [My mom had a portfolio of 15 real estate properties, and I now spend my days and nights managing them until I can get them sold. I’m excited to bring to market this attractive income-producing opportunity in the bustling Gold Country.]

Just listed: 1177-89 South Main Street (Highway 49), Old Town Angels Camp. The building is 3,396 square feet of retail space, 100% leased by an antique shop, Now and Then Treasures. The current rent of $1,500/month projects to an annual income of $18,000. The offering price is only $209,000, which makes this a super opportunity if you’re looking for a “starter” commercial real estate investment.

In addition to its location right on world-famous Highway 49 in a charming and historic part of Angels Camp, the building’s thick riolite stone walls gives it some character you might associate with California of yore. Some photos of the building front:

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If you’re interested, contact me or Duane Papais, fmp@goldrush.com.

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Memorial For My Mom At The ALA Annual Meeting (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015) http://blog.ericgoldman.org/personal/archives/2015/07/memorial-for-my-mom-at-the-ala-annual-meeting-gail-schlachter-hauser-1943-2015.html 2015-07-13T18:04:00Z At the ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the end of June, we had a memorial session for my mom. I think about 100 people showed up.

The session started with the current ALA president, Courtney Young, presenting us with a framed resolution from the ALA Executive Board (see photo). The text reads:

The ALA Executive Board recognizes Gail Schlachter:

– For her decades of service to the library and information fields as a reference librarian, library administrator, library educator, author of library-oriented reference works and reviewer of reference resources;

– For her service as president of the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) — 1988-89;

– For her five terms on the ALA Counsel, as well as numerous committee appointments;

– For her service on the ALA Executive Board;

– But most importantly, for her mentorship, friendship and infectious smile.

Gail’s contributions will long be remembered, her presence sorely missed.

[signed by Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director, and Courtney L. Young, ALA President]

This touching tribute meant a lot to us.

We then opened up the microphone for everyone to share their remembrances. Over 15 people came forward to share their stories spanning five decades. There were a lot of laughs, and some tears were shed. Although I’ve been living with my mom’s death every minute for the past 2 months, her sudden loss still felt fairly raw in the library community. I think the memorial helped the community with a little more closure.

At the memorial, my sister Sandy Hirsh kicked off the open-mike session with another eulogy. You may recall that she gave a eulogy at our prior celebration in May, but this one was targeted more at the library community. Her remarks:
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Sandy Hirsh’s Eulogy for Gail Schlachter
Delivered June 29, 2015
American Library Association Annual Conference, San Francisco

My mom knew that I was destined to be a librarian — long before I did. I always said that I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew what I didn’t want to be –- and that was a librarian! But my mom never lost faith.

It was her always-sage advice that was a key factor in my choosing library and information science for my career. I was at a cross roads when I was completing my political science degree at UCLA, as I didn’t know what I wanted to do next. She was undeterred by my previous declaration, and suggested that I consider going to library school. She made very compelling points that appealed to my sense of pragmatism. She said: “You will always be employable with a library degree and you can always apply whatever you learn in library school to anything else you choose to do in the future.” And with this, she launched my career into this remarkable field.

Sandy Hirsh and Gail Schlachter

Sandy Hirsh and Gail Schlachter

My mom and I enjoyed being in the profession together. Some of our favorite stories to tell were how we taught the same class (reference, of course) at the same time for San Jose State University — although she taught it on the main campus and I taught it at their satellite campus in Fullerton. She involved me in her publishing company’s, Reference Service Press, work too; I co-edited a couple of Reference Service Press’s Directories of Financial Aid with her. This year, we both were invited to serve on the Credo Advisory Board and we traveled to Boston together for the board meeting in September. Over the last 5 years, she was absolutely bursting with pride that I was the director of the School of Information at SJSU University. I am sure many of you have witnessed this! She loved to tell people how funny she found it that she was now known as “Sandy Hirsh’s mother” rather than me being called “Gail Schlachter’s daughter”. She enjoyed how I had become chair of committees she had previously chaired. In fact, she became the ALA Executive Board liaison to the ALA American Libraries Advisory Committee that I was chairing this year and she attended our meeting at the Midwinter conference! She was especially excited that I was running for IRRT (International Relations Roundtable) ALA Councilor and had asked, if I were to win, if I would be her Council buddy and let her sit next to me. I did win, but she never heard this news.

My mom was a wonderful role model — through her passion for the profession, her work ethic, her caring for others, her interest in everyone’s success, her mentorship, her focus on quality, and her generosity. Throughout my life, my mom was always ready to listen, provide thoughtful advice, help in any way, celebrate every accomplishment, and cheer me on. I have learned over the years, and the point was made again and again after her untimely death, that while she might be expected to extend herself in these ways as my mother, she actually was like this with lots of people! While I thought she was my own personal cheerleader, she actually was cheering on numerous other people in the profession, other members of our family, and many of her friends and acquaintances.

In fact, as I reflect on her life, I think one of my mom’s greatest super powers was the gift she had for building relationships and friendships. She had the ability to make everyone feel like she was their special friend — and this empowered them and helped them feel confident and helped contribute to their success. I don’t know how she had enough hours in the day to run her own publishing company, take care of her family, manage her real estate, and engage with so many people in such a caring, supportive, and engaged way!

She used to talk about how she was “small but mighty”. How true this was! She leaves a big legacy through her numerous professional contributions to ALA, her reference publications which have helped countless people advance their education, her generosity through the Reference Service Press scholarships and awards she gave through ALA RUSA and the California Library Association, her family whom she loved and devoted so much of herself to, and her friends, colleagues and acquaintances who she valued and made feel special. She leaves a huge hole in both my life and in the field. I try to remind myself that she is still at our side – coaching, mentoring, cheering, caring, celebrating, listening, helping, encouraging, smiling, laughing, and inspiring us. I know she has left a lasting legacy and her contributions will not be quickly forgotten. May her love for ALA, reference service, and the library and information science profession live on and continue to inspire us to be impactful and accomplish great things!
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Blog Posts About Gail Schlachter Hauser’s Death

* Patricia Schuman’s Remembrance of Gail Schlachter Hauser (1943-2015)
* Dimi Berkner’s Eulogy For My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Remembrance From My Mom’s Lifelong Friend, David Weber (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Remembrance from Sumyyah Bilal
* An Example of How My Mom’s Books Helped Students (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* My Sister’s Eulogy For Our Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* My Eulogy For My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* From my wife: Gail Schlachter, My Mother-in-law, Remembered
* Selected Remembrances of Gail Schlachter Hauser (1943-2015)
* My First Mother’s Day Without My Mom (Gail Schlachter Hauser 1943-2015)
* Signs That My Mom Is Still Thinking of Us (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* My Mom’s Idea of a “Really Good Day” (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* Initial Reflections on Losing a Parent (Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015)
* My Mom Died: Gail Schlachter Hauser, 1943-2015

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