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Mark Bard Update

As previously reported in the District Dispatch, on Monday, October 1, the ALA Washington Office’s Mark Bard was seriously injured when struck by a drunk driver near his home.

As an update on Mark’s condition, he is breathing on his own, but he is still unconscious. He has been moved to the Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mark BardMark Bard, at the Future of Technology and Libraries meeting, May 2007

Anyone wishing to send cards or get well-wishes to Mark is asked to send them in care of:

Kathy Mitchell, Project Coordinator, OITP
American Library Association
1615 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

We have been informed that hometown friends of the Bard family worked with Chemical Bank in Fennville, Michigan, to set up an account to help the family deal with some of the expenses associated with Mark’s accident. Many caring friends have already donated money to the family through the ALA Washington Office. Some of the money has been given to the family in the form of cash and Visa gift cards. Money that has been recently received by the ALA Washington Office will now be sent to the family in the care of Chemical Bank.

Any further donations or contributions can now be made out to either Phil or Norma Bard (Mark’s parents) and mailed to the following address:

Chemical Bank
P O Box 329
Fennville, Michigan 49408

Thanks to everyone who have been so generous with their time and money in support of Mark and his family. Please see the earlier post for comments that demonstrate just how much Mark is missed.

Your comments are still welcome.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.


  1. Rosalind Reynolds [Visitor] Rosalind Reynolds [Visitor]

    Hey Mark,

    Just wanted to let you know that I miss you everyday. You are constantly in my thoughts. My prayers are with you and your family and I know you will come through this fine. I will be coming to visit with you again soon!


  2. Mark, so sorry to hear about your accident! You’ve been in my prayers along with your family who must feel so helpless at this time. I was glad to finally meet you at Annual this summer after all the help you’ve provided in Second Life. We truly miss you there as well!


  3. Shevon [Visitor] Shevon [Visitor]

    Mark, we’re still thinking of you back here at UM!

  4. Kate [Visitor] Kate [Visitor]

    Hi Mark,

    Many folks including me have been thinking of you all month and sending all their positive energy your way. Just keep resting up and healing your imaginative, resourceful, active self. If it helps, you can replay star trek episodes in your head (as well as a lot of other things).
    Remember how 7 of 9 healed after begins split from the Borg? And Captain Picard too? It took time but it was worth it. By the way I met Jean Luc (the actor) in a theatre lobby once and he lit up when we told him we loved his work. We all need people to love us. And you got it.

    I look forward to seeing you,


  5. Aaron the Librarian [Visitor] Aaron the Librarian [Visitor]

    Hey man,

    Missed you on SL. Looking forward to more navigation tips & maybe a few slurls to check out the cool stuff you always find.

    Was hoping to bump into you at work toady for a continuation of our laughs from midwinter & annual.

    Looks like I’ll have to chase you down & tell you really bad jokes until you groan or tell me to go away instead 🙂

    Catch up with you soon,


  6. Don Wood Don Wood

    Hi, Mark. I know you feel all the vast amounts of love sent your way by your family, friends, and colleagues. I hope you continue to feel better and better every day. You’re not only loved, but very, very missed! Don

  7. […] suggested another friend of mine named Mark, who as far as I know is still in a coma, having been hit by a drunk driver in October of 2007.  But I can’t bring myself to take him out of my Address Book.  It’d be like […]

  8. DaviCon DaviCon

    Mark, I just wanted to let you know that you’re still very much missed around here. It’s not often that you meet a colleague as warm, cheery, and proficient as you are – all in the same package. I’m glad I got to know you.

    Best wishes to you and yours,

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