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A man and his ELF

It’s orange, has a name that reminds you either of Christmas or Lord of the Rings, and will definitely get your attention when you see it in action.

The ELF.

ELF stands for Electric, Light, and Fun, three things Jeff Heck, Interim Reese Library Director, said caught his attention.

“My wife saw a news report about it while we were at an airport,” Heck said.

Soon, Heck placed his order, and a few months later a truck arrived with his very own ELF – and another reason to look forward to going to work.

“It makes it more enjoyable to drive. I feel like I’m accomplishing something and not using so much gas,” he said.

The body encompasses a solar-powered electric battery, with the panel on top of the vehicle. It has brake lights, headlights, and some storage space in the back.

But the rest of the pod-shaped vehicle is more like a bike: Handlebars instead of a steering wheel, brake levers instead of a pedal, and bike pedals with two bicycle chains attached – one turned by you, and the other by the electric motor.

Ideally, you’ll first get moving by putting a little effort into those pedals, and then engage the electric motor once you’ve picked up a touch of speed. The result? A top speed of 25 miles per hour, with a convenient assist from electricity to help get up those bothersome hills.

Heck lives just a few miles from the Summerville Campus and takes Lake Forest Road to Lombardy Court to avoid most of the traffic. In a car, the trip would take about eight minutes; in the ELF, it’s only a couple of minutes more, but he doesn’t have to wonder where he will park.

“It’s classified as a bicycle, so I pull it right up to Reese Library and attach it with a bike lock,” Heck said.

In fact, once he hits the one-year mark, Heck will take his ELF to a local bike shop to have the chains and cables tightened.

ELFs come in a variety of colors and have multiple models from Durham, N.C.-based Organic Transit, which raised over $200,000 through a Kickstarter that ended in January 2013. The company’s website equates 1,800 miles in an ELF for the energy equivalent of one gallon of gas.

So one question remains: Why orange?

“I wanted to have increased visibility [when on the road],” Heck said.

It certainly does the job.

Heck named Interim Director of Reese Library

Jeff Heck
Jeff Heck

Jeff Heck has been named Interim Director of Reese Library on the Summerville Campus, effective Aug. 1, 2013. Heck began his work at Reese Library in 1995 as the Automation Librarian and was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Reese Library in 2010. He chaired the Faculty Policies Committee, served on the University Council, and was Faculty Secretary for seven years.

Heck served on several consolidation working groups, including the Consolidation Action Team, the Academic Programs Work Team, and as the Co-Chairman of the Governance Work Team.

In 2012, he received the Bob Richardson Prize, provided by the Georgia Library Association for exceptional service to librarianship. In addition, he has served as Editor of the Georgia Library Quarterly.

Heck is a member of the Board of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Middle Georgia, Past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Uptown Augusta, and incoming Lieutenant Governor for the district.

Many thanks to Camilla Reid who served as Director of Reese Library for the past three years. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director for seven years. Reid was well-known for her involvement on the Summerville Campus in a wide range of activities, including Phi Kappa Phi and numerous committees.