Al Carlson is experiencing some health issues that require him to step away from his role at TBLC so that he can focus full time on getting healthy and strong. It would be selfish for me to talk about how big a blow this is to TBLC because the only thing that matters now is Al. Everyone in the TBLC community knows Al and the incredible contribution he has made here and many have experienced just how wonderful he is to work with.
I know Al’s going to beat this I want to assure everyone that we’ll be looking for ways to get him involved again once he’s recovered, back in the gym, and looking for new challenges.
Please join me in wishing Al a speedy recovery in the days ahead. And Al, take strength from the love and respect of all your friends and colleagues in TBLC community.
For the TBLC Staff and Board,
Charlie Parker -
Here’s a Message from Al…
I have worked in libraries and library support groups since 1959, most recently at TBLC.
And TBLC has been the best of all of them.
I took a leave of absence in May for what I thought would be a simple medical procedure: the removal of a benign tumor on my spine. Things did not go as planned. My recovery has been slow.
The surgery affected the stability of my cervical spine, and I have to have reinforcement work done. This will keep me from doing any kind of real work for the next two or three months.
Given what has happened so far, the planned surgery, and the unknowns, it seems best that I cease being a regular employee of TBLC. Contractor, maybe, when I get my health back. But not regular employee. Other TBLC staff have picked up the jobs I used to do and are doing them well.
I wish things had not worked out this way. I can think of lots better ways to spend my time than recovering from spinal surgery.
I will miss all of you. I will miss some of you a great deal.
But please count on the TBLC staff to pick up the duties I left behind and to “own” them and do them well.
Best wishes to all of you.