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Vol. 37 No. 5 — July/August 2020

In Memory of Celeste Peterson-Sloss



Information Today, Inc. (ITI) lost a hard-working editor on May 8, 2020, when Celeste Peterson-Sloss died peacefully, at the age of 52, after a 10-year struggle with multiple sclerosis. A graduate of Montclair State University, she joined ITI in February 2000 as a proofreader for in-house publications. Most recently, Celeste served as the staff writer for Information Today, staff writer and departments editor for Computers in Libraries magazine, and proofreader for the Marketing Library Services newsletter, as well as proofreader for the magazines Database Trends and Applications and Big Data Quarterly. She was the first keeper of the company style guide, which is still an ITI staple, many iterations later.

Computers in Libraries executive editor Dick Kaser is dedicating his July/August issue to Celeste’s memory. He praises her diligence and perseverance while battling a debilitating illness, sharing, “She had a good sense for library news and a keen eye for quotable quotes. We will miss her indomitable spirit and take inspiration from her devotion.”

Donations can be made in remembrance of Celeste to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).

“Celeste was dedicated to her job and never complained, even when she became very ill. She was a kind and gentle person, and we are grateful for her many contributions to the company.”  

—Thomas H. Hogan Sr., president and CEO

“Celeste started working for Information Today, Inc. in 2000. I remember her back then as a very sweet, quiet, conscientious young lady. Throughout the years, we watched as life presented her with challenges that few of us can understand. Celeste met those challenges and managed to continue working with a will and perseverance that was admirable. I and all of her friends at Information Today, Inc. will miss her.”  

—Sue Hogan, HR director

“I worked with Celeste at ITI for ages—nearly 20 years. I’ll always remember her as wickedly witty and sharp as a tack. Celeste was an outstanding proofreader; nothing got by her! The other editors and I trusted her implicitly. I used to refer to her as Eagle-Eye Sloss, because if there was an error in any copy, she’d spot it. I so appreciated her talents and enjoyed working with her. She was also a very kind, sweet, and fun person. I’ve been missing her already.”  

—Kathy Dempsey, editor of Marketing Library Services

“Celeste epitomized the trifecta of everything an editor could want in a contributing writer: She was always on time with her pieces, they were always well-done, and she was always a pleasure to work with. I’ll miss her positive attitude.”  

—Brandi Scardilli, editor of Information Today

“It was a pleasure to know Celeste and to work with her. She was dedicated to her work and was a terrific proofreader. We all felt better when she looked something over and gave it her approval. I will remember her sharp sense of humor and how she always made me laugh. She loved books and language and volunteered to teach people how to read. Celeste was a gracious and lovely person who will be missed by all of those who were lucky enough to have known her.”  

—Terri Koenig, production editor for Information Today

“Celeste was a very conscientious member of the editorial services department staff. This remained true even when she had to begin teleworking once the onset of MS made it too difficult for her to continue working in the office. What I will remember the most about Celeste from a work standpoint is how seriously she took her job as guardian of the in-house style guide. Whenever I had a question about how a word or term would appear in print, she would investigate it as if she was vetting someone for a high government position. She was thorough (I’d say with a capital T, but that doesn’t follow the style she helped to establish). What I will remember about Celeste the person was her devious laugh and her ability to go off on a tangent (she reminded me of a female Andy Rooney), often during a department meeting, that would send the rest of us into gales of laughter.”

—Lauree Padgett, editorial services manager

“I remember Celeste as a kind and dedicated person. Celeste was wonderful to work with and could always be counted on to improve Database Trends and Applications and Big Data Quarterly magazine issues with her careful edits.”  

—Joyce Wells, editor of Database Trends and Applications