College library chief specializes in computers


The new director of Anne Arundel Community College's Andrew G. Truxal Library is an electronic information specialist.

Katherine A. Branch comes to the college from the Johns Hopkins University where, as director of the reference and access departments at the university's Welch Medical Library, one of her accomplishments was to develop an IBM-Macintosh microcomputer center.

"I look forward to working with the excellent staff and collection at Truxal library," Branch says. "We have an exciting and challenging year in front of us with our ambitious plans to automate the card catalog, book checkout, serials control and other operations."

Before her tenure at Hopkins, Branch was head of a group of seven science libraries at Yale University. She also has been associated with the National Library of Medicine, San Diego State University and the University of Arizona.

She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology and chemistry from Arizona State University. She earned a master of library science degree at the University of Arizona.

Branch often lectures and leads workshops. She recently wrote the American Library Association book "Bibliographic Instruction: A Sourcebook."

You can reach the community college by calling 541-2341.


Don't look now, but according to information from the Greater Severna Park Council's September meeting, we're about to be overrun by progress.

Developers are seeking approval for an apartment complex called Severna Enclave at the corner of Jumpers Hole and Benfield roads and to add another right-turn lane from Jumpers Hole Road onto westbound Benfield Road. That should be interesting, given that Benfield is one lane in each direction.

For more information, call the the council at 647-8402.


The Severna Park Jaycees Community Center in Kinder Park is the perfect place for your next meeting. The center offers two large meeting rooms, a complete kitchen, tables and chairs, a barbecue grill and generous outdoor space.

A nominal fee is charged for utilities and maintenance. For information, call Joe Hanna at 544-3120.


A fun fair is scheduled at Severna Park Middle School from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school's rear parking lot.

Designed with children in mind, this fund-raiser for the music department will feature a fortune teller, lots of games and plenty of prizes.

The refreshments will suit the taste buds of any 12-year-old connoisseur. For more information, call 647-7900.


A blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at AACC's Pascal Center for the Performing Arts.

Make an appointment by calling 541-2480.


For all you grown-ups who revert to childhood when Halloween rolls around, get your costumes ready. There's a Halloween Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Earleigh Heights Fire Hall.

Tickets are $10 a person and include beer, setups, potato chips and prizes.

Information: 647-3119.


Eight Archbishop Spalding High School seniors have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are Marie Daniels, Dana Fidazzo, Emily Klinker, Matthew Moneyhon, Kathleen O'Brien, Marie Swartwood, Caroline Warfield and Tracy Williams.

Commended Students are those who place in the top 5 percent in the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Only 35,000 of the more than 1 million participants earn the high ranking.


The American Cancer Society is looking for drivers for its Road to Recovery Program. Volunteers drive cancer patients to and from life-saving treatments.

If you have a car and a little time, the society will plan around your schedule.

Call (410) 721-4304.

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