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HUL Awards EPDOP Support to HCL's William Stoneman

August 15, 2008—Dr. William Stoneman, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, has been chosen to receive the University Library's Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program (EPDOP) award for 2008. According to Barbara Graham, associate director of the University Library for administration and programs and chair of the EPDOP review committee, the award will allow Stoneman to complete several projects related to his research on the migration of medieval manuscripts from private collections into public institutions during the last century. Stoneman will be on leave from October through December, 2008.

"My research," Stoneman stated, "demonstrates the importance of public exhibitions not only as occasions to stimulate scholarly research, but also as vehicles for both private and institutional collectors as they build their collections through an awareness of what material remains in private hands and therefore may come onto the market."

A scholar of medieval studies as well as a librarian, Stoneman assumed the position of Librarian of Houghton Library in 1997. He came to Harvard from Princeton University, where he had served as the Librarian of Scheide Library since 1988. In addition to his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, Stoneman holds an MA from University College, Dublin, and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (London), a Councilor of the Medieval Academy of America, a board member of the Bibliographical Society of America, and a member of the Grolier Club and other scholarly organizations. He actively publishes and is frequently invited to speak throughout North America and Europe.

Based on his EPDOP-supported research, Stoneman will give a series of five lectures in London, Oxford, Cambridge and New York. Using as examples exhibitions of medieval manuscripts at the Grolier Club in New York in 1892, at The Society of Antiquaries in London in 1896 and at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in London in 1908, he will demonstrate that they were all followed by significant periods of changes in ownership of this material, especially as the number of private collectors decreased and the number of American libraries and museums increased. Changes in tax law and export laws were also contributing factors in this phenomenon.

EPDOP Application Guidelines

For Harvard's professional librarians, EPDOP provides professional-development leaves of one to three months' duration—with full pay and benefits—for independent projects that increase professional competencies while providing direct benefit to Harvard's libraries. Recipients are required to complete written reports and are encouraged to schedule talks or workshops on their subject. Applications should adhere to these guidelines:

  • The applicant must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years of service (full-time or part-time) to the University.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the approval of appropriate supervisors, librarians, and/or other designates.
  • Proposals must include descriptions of any "deliverables" to be presented afterwards and the amount of time needed.
  • Arrangements must be possible to cover necessary assignments in the applicant's absence.
  • Librarians cannot work in any paid positions during the period of EPDOP support.
  • The program may be used in conjunction with awards from other fellowships or research grants if permitted by the supervising librarian of the faculty.
  • Proposals should generally be for implementation in the following fiscal year.

For more information on EPDOP, visit http://hul.harvard.edu/resources/epdop.html, or contact Bette Viano, 5-3650 or bette_viano@harvard.edu.


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