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Sara Balderston
Serials Cataloger (September) CONSER Office—Harvard University Library

Sara Balderston will create and maintain bibliographic records for currently received serial titles in all formats and at the various levels defined as part of the CONSER Program. Previously, she was library assistant in the CONSER Office, a position she has held since January 1997. Balderston completed her MSLIS at Simmons College in January 2000. She also holds a BA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and has taken numerous courses at the Harvard Extension School.

Matthew Battles
Coordinating Editor (January)
Harvard Library Bulletin

Matthew Battles has served as assistant editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin (HLB) since May 1999 and also selection coordinator for the Harvard Depository Project Push since December 1998. He has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a master's in creative writing from Boston University.

Sharon Boland
Senior Unix Systems Administrator-Programmer (October)
Office for Information Systems—Harvard University Library

Sharon Boland comes to OIS from the Harvard Medical School where she has held systems-administration positions since 1997. She has also worked as a programmer at Minelli Design in Boston. Boland has a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Between 1996 and 1999, she took a number of computer and systems management courses at the Harvard Extension School and at Sun Educational Services. At OIS, Boland will be part of the Systems Administration and Operations Support Group, where she will be responsible for Unix systems administration including installation, operation, and maintenance of software networked servers and workstations; systems diagnostics; and troubleshooting; as well as analysis of performance.

Amy Boucher
Head of Periodical Services (June)
Widener Library—Harvard College Library

Amy Boucher will manage the operations and staff of the Widener Periodical Room and Periodical Stacks. She comes to Harvard from the University of Kentucky Medical Library where she was the team leader for interlibrary loan. While at Kentucky, Boucher was night supervisor for the periodical room and worked for several years in the central serials record department. During her tenure at Kentucky, Boucher worked to upgrade patron services by implementing improved staff training as well as workflow redirection and streamlining. Boucher holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and a master's in library science from the University of Illinois.

Gyasi Burks-Abbott
Acquisitions Assistant (August)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Gyasi Burks-Abbott, who graduated from Macalester College with a double major in English and psychology, is currently pursuing an MSLIS degree from Simmons College. His responsibilities will include ordering books for Lamont's general collection and placing course materials on reserve for both Lamont and Hilles libraries.

Al Burns
Computer Support Specialist (September)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

Al Burns is the former help desk coordinator for Harvard College Library, which he joined in November 1990 as a security guard. In February 1991, he became a casual in financial services and was hired full time in May. In 1998, Burns became a member of the Harvard College Library ITS group. In his new position, Burns will maintain, deploy, and upgrade equipment in the Harvard College Library.

Linda Collins
Head of Access Services (September)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Linda Collins was the circulation librarian at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, for 11 years. She holds a BS in business management from Lesley College and an MLS from the University of Rhode Island. Collins, who is actively involved in the New England Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, is a former trustee of her local public library.

Tony De La Puente
Evening-Weekend Access Coordinator (October)
Baker Library

Tony De La Puente joins the Baker Library staff with experience in both libraries and in retail. Most recently he was employed at the University of Vermont's Office of Special Student Services, working mainly in the Bailey-Howe and Dana Medical libraries, as well as managing a clothing store.

Christine DiBella
Assistant Archivist (October)
Baker Library

Christine DiBella previously worked as a manuscript assistant in the University Archives of the University of Michigan where she received an MS in information last August. She has worked in several library jobs at the University of Michigan since 1998, including managing the women's studies departmental library and serving as a consultant to the acquisitions-serials department in the University Library.

Barbara Esty
Executive Education Teaching Support Librarian (October)
Business Information Services Center—Baker Library

Before receiving her MLS from Simmons College, Barbara Esty spent several years with North Jersey Newspapers, where she gained editorial and production experience, and two years in the non-profit arena at the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Most recently, Esty worked as a knowledge analyst at KPMG's Boston offices. Her experiences at KPMG, doing value-added research for an international firm, will be very applicable in her new role. She will be responsible for developing curriculum support products for executive education students—teaching them how to locate, evaluate, and apply information resources in their research while providing a variety of information services relating to the executive education programs.

Jane Fama
Web Coordinator (October)
Baker Library

Jane Fama joins the Baker Library staff from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, where she was instrumental in developing the library web site and delivering value-added information services to research scientists. At Lincoln, she chaired a committee and developed a program to market the web site effectively to current and potential users. Most recently, Fama was supervisor of customer service, overseeing the circulation and interlibrary loan department, participating in the reference-research team, and training library staff and scientific researchers in the use of web-based products. Jane Fama has been a public school teacher, and a programmer-analyst at the General Electric Company. She received her BA from Clark University in Worcester and her MLS from Simmons College.

Susan Gilroy
Reference Librarian (August)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Susan Gilroy previously worked at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was the reference-instruction librarian for three and a half years. She holds an MLS from Simmons College as well as a PhD in Renaissance non-dramatic literature from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has taught writing and literature at Providence and Rhode Island colleges prior to pursuing a career in academic librarianship. Gilroy has also worked in the Boston office of Hinckley, Allen & Snyder as a law librarian.

Sarah Gray
Cataloging Assistant (October)
University Archives—Harvard University Library

Sarah Gray will work on the conversion of the Archives shelf list to electronic form creating MARC records, as well as SGML-EAD inventories. She has extensive archives and library experience and has worked as a metadata markup assistant since April 2000. She has held positions at Northeastern University Library, Terezin Music Foundation, Harvard Law Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Gray is pursuing an MSLIS at Simmons College and holds a BA in history from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also attended the Berklee College of Music and is a double bassist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and the North Shore Philharmonic.

Lovest Harris
Computer Support Specialist (October)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

Lovest Harris previously worked at the Harvard Institute for International Development, dealing primarily with desktop and network support. In her new position, Harris will maintain, deploy, and upgrade the equipment in the Harvard College Library.

Rachel Howarth
Head of Public Services (September)
Houghton Library—Harvard College Library

Rachel Howarth has served since 1996 as the reading room librarian of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She has master's degrees in English and in library and information science from the University of Texas. Her bachelor's degree is from Reed College. Howarth is cochair of the ALA RBMS Public Services Discussion Group and a member of the editorial board of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage (formerly RBML).

Jay Hurd
Preservation Review Librarian (September)
Widener Library—Harvard College Library

Jay Hurd began his Harvard College Library career in the Visual Collections Department of the Fine Arts Library in 1990, and served for eight years as workflow coordinator for preservation services in Widener Library. His contributions to Widener include serving on the Harvard College Library Joint Council (1993-97) and on the Task Force on Future Directions for Technical Services in the Harvard College Library. Hurd received a bachelor's degree in English from Lyndon State College and an MLS from Simmons College. He brings extensive experience with commercial binding and technical services to the team of conservators, librarians, and technicians who provide conservation services to Widener Library.

Ben Ide
Cataloger (September)
Lamont and Hilles Libraries—Harvard College Library

Ben Ide comes to Harvard from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where he was responsible for the cataloging, acquisition, and technical processing of all library materials. Ide holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut State University and an MLS from Simmons College.

Jennifer Jacobson
Records Analyst (November)
University Archives Records Management Office—Harvard University Library

Jennifer Jacobson comes to Harvard from the Massachusetts Archives, where, most recently, she served as records analyst and processing archivist and where she previously held the position of reference archivist. She has held library as well as teaching positions at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill and she has been a Spanish instructor at Boston College and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. At Harvard, she will be responsible for a full range of records management services, including scheduling and transferring, advising faculties and departments, and making appraisal recommendations for the disposition and retention of records. Jacobson holds an MLS from Simmons College, an MA in Spanish literature and culture from Boston College, an MA in applied linguistics from University of Illinois, and a BA in Spanish literature from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

Ramsahoye Khemraj
Network Administrator (August)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

A former computer support specialist for Harvard College Library ITS, Ramsahoye Khemraj joined Harvard College Library as a student casual in 1990. He became a staff assistant in 1996 and he joined the Harvard College Library ITS group as a computer support specialist in July 1997. Khemraj has played a major role in maintaining, deploying, and upgrading equipment in Harvard College Library. Khemraj now assumes the responsibilities of network administrator, maintaining, upgrading, and monitoring network devices and equipment.

Petra Kim
Staff Assistant (August)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

Petra Kim graduated from Boston University in June with a degree in elementary education. She began work at Harvard immediately after graduation in the Environment, Health, and Safety Department.

Peter Kosewski
Manager for Publications and Communications (December)
Harvard University Library

Peter Kosewski is the former administrative director in communications at Radcliffe, where he served as overall publications director, editor of The Radcliffe News, and co-architect (with Radcliffe IT director Kim Brookes) of the Radcliffe web site. He was responsible for developing and implementing Radcliffe's uniform editorial and graphic standards and is recognized for his systematic approach to print publications and their interface with the web. He is a skilled conference and special-events manager. Since September 1999, he has worked as a publications and special-events consultant, and his clients included Radcliffe, MIT's Technology Review, the Boston Conservatory, and Emerson College. He is a graduate of Bard College and is the former director of public relations for the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Jeffrey Kosokoff
Head of Reference Services (July)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Jeffrey Kosokoff holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California, as well as a master's in the history of science and an MLS, both from Indiana University. He has worked as a librarian and webmaster at Connecticut College in New London and DePaul University in Chicago.

Andy Laplume
Assistant Director of Facilities Security (October)
Facilities Management—Harvard College Library

Andy Laplume has worked at the Harvard Business School in the operations department for the past nine years, dealing primarily with security and administrative services. In his new position, Laplume's responsibilities will include oversight of the security systems, card access, door checkers, and security-related issues pertaining to all of Harvard College Library. In addition, Laplume will work closely on current and future facilities projects.

Poping Lin
Instruction Coordinator (October)
Baker Library

Poping Lin's background in academic library instruction encompasses the formulation of instructional goals and strategies; the design, delivery, and evaluation of effective instructional programs; and the use of new technologies to deliver web-based instruction. At Purdue University, she established an information literacy curriculum and taught a required, credit course. As an instruction coordinator at MIT's Science and Engineering Library, she chaired the MIT Libraries Instruction Committee. Poping has written extensively on instructional issues, most notably on the concept of establishing and teaching core information competencies for professionals. Poping holds a BA from St. Mary's College in Kansas and an MLS from Simmons College.

Wei Lin
Systems Librarian (November)
Office for Information Systems—Harvard University Library

Wei Lin will be responsible for the development and enhancement of applications that allow public access to Harvard's library resources. Working in the Applications Support Group, she will also analyze user problems and develop solutions. Previously, Wei Lin has held library positions at Tennessee University Library in Nashville and Aurora College, as well as at Fort Smith and Red Deer colleges in Canada. She has also worked in the Dominican Astrophysical Observatory Library at the National Research Council of Canada. Wei Lin holds a MLS from the University of Alberta, and a BA in history from Beijing University.

Carrie Macfarlane
Instructional Services Librarian (June)
Lamont and Widener Libraries—Harvard College Library

Prior to accepting this position, Carrie Macfarlane worked part-time in Lamont as a reference assistant and full-time at Hilles Library as stacks supervisor and serials assistant. Macfarlane majored in East Asian Studies at Middlebury College and received an MLS from Simmons. She has also taught English in Japan.

Constance A. Mayer
Public Services Librarian (August)
Loeb Music Library—Harvard College Library

Constance Mayer brings broadlybased experience in librarianship as well as in musical performance research to the Loeb Music Library. For the past seven years, Mayer served as head of user services in the William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University where she was responsible for circulation, reserves, stack maintenance, and basic reference in one of the country's largest and most sophisticated music libraries. She was also closely involved with IU's ground-breaking "Variations" digital library system. At the Loeb Music Library, her responsibilities will be focused on reference and research assistance in addition to managing public services.

Philip Mitchell
Programmer-Analyst (November)
Office for Information Systems—Harvard University Library

Philip Mitchell will be part of the Applications Programming Group responsible for applications and infrastructure development for the creation, storage, retrieval, and archiving of digital resources. He cofounded two technology companies:, a political issues web site, and Neocortek, Inc., a research and engineering firm developing sensory supplements for rehabilitation. He has been an instructor at the Franklin Institute of Technology and Boston College. He holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Boston College.

Barbara Movius
Staff Assistant (October)
Weissman Preservation Center—Harvard University Library

Barbara Movius will be responsible for the day-to-day support for the Weissman Preservation Center (WPC) staff. She will assist with the Center's financial operations as well as logistics for the WPC's numerous training and educational events and seminars. Barbara brings a range of experience to this position including office management, public relations, and special-events coordination—mostly with arts organizations. She also has been a conservator and bookbinder at Princeton University. Movius holds a BA in history from Brooklyn College. She attended Columbia University's Graduate Program in Arts Administration and pursued graduate studies in art history at Rutgers University.

Joseph Rindfleisch
Assistant Head of Access Services and Reserves Specialist (June)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Joseph Rindfleisch, who attended Harvard as an undergraduate from 1985 to 1988, has worked in reserves processing and access services at Lamont for the past 10 years. He started out as a reserves assistant in August 1988, but his position underwent several changes and was eventually reclassified as access services assistant.

Sydney Schuster
Quality Assurance Manager (September)
HBS Working Knowledge Group—Baker Library

Sydney Schuster comes to Harvard from the Prentice-Hall Division of Pearson Education, where she was a production editor. She has extensive production, editorial, and customer service experience at companies in New York and Boston. Sydney will be responsible for proofing and quality control on the Working Knowledge web site, as well as customer service liaison.

Patrick Schneiter
Library Assistant III (October)
Baker Library

Patrick Schneiter has joined the staff of the Business Information Services Center in Library Technical Services, where he will perform shelving and bindery preparation activities.

Don Share
Curator of Poetry (September)
George Edward Woodberry Room—Harvard College Library

Don Share is the author of Seneca in English, published by Penguin Classics in 1998, and the translator of I Have Lots of Heart: Selected Poems of Miguel Hernandez, published by Bloodaxe Books in 1997. The latter received a 1999 Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize. He is Contributing Editor/Poetry Editor of Partisan Review and Contributing Editor of Salamander. Share holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Brown University, a masters in English and creative writing from Boston University, and a master's in library and information science from Simmons College.

Peter Smith
IT Support (September)
Reading Room—Baker Library

A former staff member in the Harvard Business School (HBS) IT department, Peter Smith has also worked for the HBS research and technology labs.

Liping Song
Serials Cataloger (November)
Baker Library

Liping Song will work for the Deferred Maintenance Program as well as the Library Technical Services department. She comes to Harvard from Wheelock College Library, where she was technical services librarian. Previously, Liping worked on cataloging projects for the American Theological Library Association and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. While pursuing her MLS at Simmons College, she worked at the Harvard Fine Arts Library as cataloging assistant and at the Loeb Design Library as circulation supervisor. Liping received her BA and MA in English and American Literature in China, and she holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School.

Olga Strakhov
Library Assistant in Technical Services (November)
Frances Loeb Library

A former bibliographic and preservation assistant in the Weissman Preservation Center, Olga Strakhov is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She holds a bachelor's degree from Moscow Lomonosov University and a PhD from Brown University. Olga replaced Page Nelson, who was promoted to the position of Cataloger in Technical Services.

Angela E. Thomas
Senior Human Resources Consultant (October)
Harvard College Library

Angela Thomas brings a broad base of experience and expertise in human resource management, including employee relations, salary and performance management, employment and staffing, compliance, and staff training and development. Thomas will manage the overall employment function at Harvard College Library and will also provide leadership to staff training and organizational development initiatives. She did her undergraduate work at Emerson College and later earned a master's degree at Cambridge College. She has worked in various and progressively responsible HR positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, McBer and Company, and Lesley College.

Christina Thompson
Coordinating Editor of the Harvard Review (September)
Lamont Library—Harvard College Library

Thompson has more than 15 years of editorial experience. From 1994 to 1998, she was editor of Meanjin, Australia's oldest and most prestigious literary quarterly. Thompson holds a PhD in English from the University of Melbourne and a BA in English from Dartmouth College.

Lorraine Thorne
Help Desk Coordinator (October)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

Lorraine Thorne joined Harvard College Library in 1980 as a security guard at the Tozzer Library. For the past 20 years, Thorne has held several different jobs at Harvard College Library. She has worked in Tozzer as a cataloger in the interlibrary loan department, and, for the past 11 years, in the cataloging department at Widener.

Evelyn Walker
Rare Book Cataloger in Technical Services (May)
Houghton library—Harvard College Library

Evelyn Walker began working at the Houghton Library in May 2000 as Project Cataloger in the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts. She brings with her more than 17 years of experience as Rare Book Librarian at the University of Rochester. Walker earned her associate's degree in Spanish and music at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, her master's degree in European History at the University of Rochester, her MLS at the State University of New York at Geneseo. She studied rare book cataloging at Columbia University with fieldwork at the Grolier Club.

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