A few months ago, Paul Hoffman, Systems Librarian for Fenway Libraries Online, returned after more than a year and a half abroad. Paul and his family lived in Pune, India for 14 months and in Mumbai, India for 5 months. His wife, Rachel, teaches the history of India at Bowdoin College. This sabbatical allowed her to learn more about the history of labor in Mumbai, most notably in the construction industry, which will be the topic of her second book.
During this time, Paul worked remotely-- very remotely-- and was able to check in and collaborate with the rest of the FLO team by phone. One of his favorite parts of his time in India is the range of spicy, very spicy, and extremely spicy food. He also found it amusing to hear his two daughters (then aged 3 and 7) picking up Indian English accents.
Today, Paul still works remotely, but this time from Maine and not from India. His return to the States enables him to visit the FLO offices in Boston once a month-- keep an eye out for him at various committee meetings. We in the FLO office are glad to have him back in the neighborhood.