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Minutes of the Professional Development Committee meeting

January 10, 2006
Cabot Science Library

PRESENT: Inés Zalduendo, Michael Bradford, Ann Robinson (co-chair), Craig Thomas (co-chair), Kathleen Sheehan, Brad Schaffner (LAEC Liaison), Kathy Hunter Rutter (recording)

ABSENT: Andrea Schulman, Jia Lin Jin

  1. Bryant Fellowship: The brown bag lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11 from 12-1 in the Lamont Forum Room. Agenda: Introductions of audience and panel; discussion of Bryant process and extended professional development opportunities; questions and answers. Panel members are Caroline Duroselle-Melish, Barbara Mitchell and Susan Halpert, all past recipients. The deadline for the Bryant applications is February 10. Interest in applying has already been expressed.. The Bryant jury consists of Inés Zalduendo and Andrea Schulman, of the Professional Development Committee, and Susan Halpert.
  2. Books Digitization Projects Programs: Kathy Hunter Rutter announced tentative speakers for two related programs. In March, Dale Flecker would present an update on the Google project at Harvard. He suggested Brewster Kahle might discuss the Open Access Alliance. In April, Sid Berger, author and professor of the course on the History of the Book at Simmons, has agreed to speak on the “future” of the book. Kathy is planning to contact a speaker from an academic press to give us a publisher's perspective on digital projects. David Weinberger of the Berkman Center was also suggested as a possible speaker.
  3. Diane Rapaport lecture: Malcolm Hamilton, now affiliated with the Harvard Retirees Association, expressed interest in having the Professional Development Committee co-sponsor a brown bag lunch/lecture entitled “Tales from the Courthouse : Harvard in Colonial Days" on Monday, April 10. Kathleen Sheehan will distribute publicity for this event to HULINFO and HUL Notes.
  4. Online Poll: Andrea tabulated the final results of the survey, which has proven to be a useful tool for judging both interest in presentation topics and for gauging staff availability to attend meetings.
  5. iSite: Ann and Craig will be trained by Amira Aaron to use iSite, which hosts active documents and templates for committees. Our site would be sent to be archived at the end of the academic year. iSite would be accessible by LAEC. Note: It is important to ascertain that postings outside iSite are consistent with iSite postings.
  6. PDC Website: Last autumn, Craig posted a PDF document with links to professional organizations and programs. In order to better organize the PDC website, Craig distributed to the committee an outline of topics to be covered, including Professional Development Opportunities. He also passed out printouts from the Georgetown University site which Andrea had earlier discovered. Michael explained his ongoing work with Notre Dame. Kathleen Sheehan and Michael Bradford will work on updating links, and sending changes to Jason Pannone at . Jason feels the best way to keep the links current is by use of style sheets. Kathleen will check to see if a link checker exists. A legal disclaimer will also be posted.
  7. Next Meeting: Tuesday February 7, 9:30 -11 in Widener Library, room G-75 (ground floor).

Respectfully submitted,
Kathy Hunter Rutter

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