November last, the Leiden office of OCLCPICA and representatives of the majority of Dutch libraries said a warm and grateful farewell to Anton Bossers, former deputy director of Pica.
First, on November 25th, the people he worked with - some of them for more than 20 years - said goodbye to him during drinks with speeches, songs and, of course, a collective present. The official farewell took place on Wednesday November 27th in the Nieuwe Kerk, a beautiful 17th century church in The Hague, one of the oldest protestant churches in The Netherlands.
Former colleagues and friends addressed Anton from various points of view. Gijs Jacobs, librarian of the Theological Faculty of Tilburg University, spoke about the very first years of the Pica-Bureau in the Royal Library, when Anton was acting head of the Pica-project and Gijs represented the Royal Library in various working groups.
Hub. Laeven, former director of the Nijmegen University Library, described the period when Anton was deputy-director next to Look Costers director and did a great job in bridging the gap between librarians and automation people.
Francien van Bohemen, who recently became director of the WSF-Bureau (a group of public libraries with a scientific support function) and before that worked with Anton for many years, thanked him for his teaching, coaching and the support he lent her and other Pica staff throughout his career.
Finally, Rein van Charldorp, general manager of OCLC PICA, presented the very last issue of the former Pica Newsletter, Pica Mededelingen (in Dutch mainly), dedicated to Mr Pica Mededelingen himself: Anton Bossers.
After Anton's heartfelt words of thanks, there were drinks and the opportunity for personal words of farewell.