Cathart, a verb, and many thanks to Professor Geoff Scott from UWS, who used the word this morning at the Workshop on Learning Leaders in Times of Change as smoothly and naturally as if it were already in broad common use. Maybe Geoff invented it, maybe not. It appears on the language creation website with the following definition. I am surprised that such a useful word isn't used a great deal more.
cathart v. catharting, catharted [Back formation <>
This is a blog which started as a vehicle for the 2007 election for vice president of ALIA (the Australian Library and Information Association) - to communicate with members and canvas issues. It continued during my year as president, too, up to May 2009.
I am still using the blog to communicate with ALIA members and lots of other people too, on a variety of issues - libraries, copyright, censorship, and just words.
Derek has been Director, Information Resources and University Copyright Officer at Swinburne University of Technology since 2000. He is responsible for the university library, the university web site, records management and copyright.
He was previously with the State Library of Victoria, becoming Deputy State Librarian in 1996.
Derek has been active in both ALIA and ACLIS, leading the ALIA multicultural campaign in the 1980s, the ALIA Acquisitions Section in the 1990s, ACLIS (as President) in 1998-99 and ALIA (President and Vice-President) in 2007-2009. His medal of the Order of Australia (2002) is for services to libraries and the Internet.