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Librarians' Assembly


Fall Meeting of the Librarians' Assembly
Thursday, December 9, 2004
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Askwith Hall in Longfellow Hall
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Call to Order

Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library


Gloria Korsman, Chair of the Librarians' Assembly Executive Committee

Introduction of Executive Committee
Introduction of Committee Chairs and Members

The State of the Library

Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library

iSites and Sounds: Delivering Library Information to Harvard’s Classrooms

Moderator: Amira Aaron, Manager, Digital Content and Access Services, Office for Information Systems (Harvard University Library)


Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library

About the Panelists

Thomas Forrest Kelly received his BA from Chapel Hill, and spent two years on a Fulbright in France studying musicology, chant, and organ. He holds a PhD from Harvard (1973) with a dissertation on office tropes. He has taught at Wellesley, Smith, Amherst, and Oberlin, where he directed the Historical Performance Program and served as acting Dean of the Conservatory. He was named a Harvard College Professor in 2000 and the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music in 2001. Kelly is also president of the Fromm Foundation. Professor Kelly’s main fields of interest are chant and performance practice. He won the Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society for The Beneventan Chant (Cambridge University Press, 1989). His most recent book is First Nights: Five Musical Premieres (Yale University Press, 2000).

Laura Morse joined the Office for Information Systems (HUL) as a systems librarian three years ago. She worked on the implementation of the Aleph system and contributes to its ongoing maintenance. During this past year, in addition to Aleph, Laura has been involved with projects to promote the integration of library content and course management systems. She serves as chair of the Aleph Reserves Working Group and is co-chair of the ACRL/NEC Librarians on Online Course Information Special Interest Group.

Michael Hemment is Research Librarian and Head of Scholarly Research Initiatives at Widener Library. As HCL’s liaison to various academic departments and committees, he provides students and faculty with individual consultations, library classes, research guides, and library tours. He has a special interest in how instructional technologies can facilitate the research process, and works closely with IT groups across campus, including ITS, OIS, ICG, and iCommons. His teaching background includes courses on Dante, Boccaccio, and Italian language at Harvard, Brown, and the Boston Conservatory. At Brown, he served as Project Director of the NEH-sponsored web project, The Decameron Web. He has written articles on literary topics, humanities computing initiatives, and digital reference tools. Hemment was recently appointed to the advisory board of the Database of Classical Bibliography.

Amira Aaron joined the Office for Information Systems as manager of projects and analysis in 2002. She earned a BA in French literature at Boston University and attended library school at UCLA, where she earned a master’s degree. During her tenure as a librarian at UCLA, Aaron served as head of serials cataloging and associate head of technical services. She was also heavily involved in the development and implementation of UCLA’s ORION system in the late 1970s, one of the first integrated library systems. After UCLA, Aaron went to work as manager of automated serials services for Faxon, and subsequently served the MIT Libraries as associate director for systems and planning. Prior to coming to Harvard, Aaron was vice president of library services for Faxon.

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