Amy Gray joined the University Archives and Records Management Office as Senior Records Analyst in May. In this position, Amy provides guidance and assistance to staff in University offices in developing, implementing, and improving record keeping systems and practices. She develops and maintains records schedules, and provides training and leadership to staff in the Records Management Office. Previously, Amy was corporate archivist/records manager at Mattel Interactive, located in Cambridge, MA. She has held positions at the Cambridge Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds an M.A. in History, the M.S. in Library Science, and a B.A. in Art History/Arts Administration, all from Simmons College.

Skip Kendall was appointed Records Analyst in the University Archives and Records Management Office in May. In this capacity, Skip will be responsible for a range of archival and records management services including scheduling and transferring University records, providing records management advice to University departments, and preparing reports and making recommendations for effective control of documents, files and records in all formats. Most recently, Skip was Records Analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and he has held positions at the Peabody Essex Museum, Houghton Library, Kapor Enterprises, and the Supreme Judicial Court Archives for the State of Massachusetts. He holds the M.S. in Library Science from Simmons, the M.A. in History from the University of Oregon, and the B.A. in History from California State University at San Bernardino.

Brian O’ Donnell is the new Stacks Assistant in the Harvard University Archives, effective August 2. As Stacks Assistant, Brian is responsible for holdings and maintenance activities, item retrieval, check-in and return of materials from on-site and off-site storage, photocopying for preservation and patron use, data entry, and rehousing Archives’ collections. Previously Brian worked at the Treadwell Library, Massachusetts General Hospital where he was a Shelver Clerk.

Jean Spoolstra joined the HUL Office for Information Systems in May as Manager of Production Operations where she provides strategic and ongoing support for the production applications administered and delivered by OIS. Jean manages a team of system administrators and production support staff, works in collaboration with OIS analysts and programmers, and is a liaison to University Information Systems operations and technical support staff. Jean brings over twenty years programming and systems management experience to this position. Before coming to HUL, she was a programmer analyst for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Columbia South Carolina. She holds the M.A. in Library Science from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Georgia Southern University, in addition, to training in a range of operating systems, programming languages, and database programs.

Kathleen Anderson was appointed Senior Library Analyst in the HUL Office for Information Systems beginning September 1. In this two-year term appointment, Kathleen will provide analysis and implementation support for the migration of the Harvard integrated library system (including the HOLLIS Catalog) from a mainframe system to a client-server system (more commonly known as the HOLLIS II project). Kathleen has extensive experience in technical services operations in Harvard libraries and has extensive experience in assisting OIS with earlier projects. Most recently she was Head of Technical Services in the Lamont and Hilles Libraries. From 1987 to 1988 she served as project manager for the retroconversion project in Hilles and Lamont. In addition, Kathleen has participated in and contributed to a number of HUL and HCL committees and workgroups, including three HOLLIS II task groups.

Julian Marinus is the new Digital Library Project Software Engineer in the HUL Office for Information Systems. In this position, he will participate in technology development initiatives underway in OIS as part of the Library Digital Initiative. Julian comes to Harvard from the University of Michigan where he was a teaching assistant in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department and also held a research fellowship. He holds the B.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the M.S. in Electric Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Tracey Robinson has been promoted to the position of Head of the Office for Information Systems in the Harvard University Library. As Head of OIS, Tracey will have responsibility for the management of OIS projects and systems, for its budgetary and staffing issues, and for their relations and communications with libraries and other units within Harvard.

The appointment was made in response to a dramatic growth in the number of information technology related developments and initiatives in the University Library and in its Office for Information Systems in recent years. Dale Flecker, Associate Director of HUL for Information Systems and Planning, will now concentrate on the long-range direction and the evolution of University Library and information technology services and infrastructure, with particular emphasis on LDI, digital library issues, and work with other libraries and external agencies. He will also continue to provide direction for OIS and remain a member of the senior HUL management team.

“I am certain that those of you who have had an opportunity to work with Tracey will recognize the enormous strengths she brings to managing complex undertakings and to her interactions with others,” said Sidney Verba, Pforzheimer University and Director of the University Library in announcing the appointment.

Jennifer Montbach joined OIS in April as Digital Acquisitions Assistant. In this role, Jennifer will work closely with the Coordinator for Digital Acquisitions, Ivy Anderson, in researching library holdings information for prospective acquisitions, preparing title lists for evaluation purposes, updating information about new or trial electronic resources, and maintaining Web pages. Jennifer was previously a weekend supervisor in the Loeb Music Library and a marketing and development communications consultant. Jennifer is a professional musician and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music from where she received the Master of Music in Oboe Performance. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Harvard College.

David E. Siegel was appointed Geospatial Data and Information Software Engineer in the Office for Information Systems in June. David will play a lead role in the development of Geodesy, a project of the Library Digital Initiative. Geodesy will provide Harvard-wide access and exploratory analysis services to the increasing numbers of geospatial data and information sources. David brings over 12 years of experience with geographic information systems (GIS). Prior to coming to Harvard, David was Geospatial Analyst at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He holds the B.A. in Geography from the University of New Hampshire.

Ford Fay joined the Office for Information Systems as Digital Library Projects Manager for the Library Digital Initiative in May. In this capacity, Ford contributes to the teams charged with the developing and implementing the necessary systems to support the infrastructure of LDI. This involves project management, design, specifications, coding, testing, and implementation of software systems. Ford brings extensive software development experience, most recently as application programmer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds the A.B. in History from Cornell University and the M.Div. from the Harvard Divinity School.

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