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Priscilla Anderson
Conservator for Harvard University Library Collections (January)
Weissman Preservation Center—Harvard University Library

Priscilla Anderson comes to the Harvard University Library from the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, where she served as a visiting conservator under a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In addition to working as a conservator in private practice, she has worked as a rare-book binder for the Library of Congress and as an intern for the Conservation Laboratory of Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 1990 graduate of Yale (in art history). She holds an MS from the Winterthur-University of Delaware program in art conservation and an MLS from the College of Library and Information Services of the University of Maryland.

Julia D. Ashmun
Programmer-Analyst (December)
Information Technology Services—Harvard College Library

Julia Ashmun is responsible for sustaining, enhancing, and developing software and/or interfaces at the Harvard College Library that improve access to information and streamline workflow for the users within the library. Before she came to Harvard, Ashmun worked at TowerStreet, an Internet-based company. Her background includes 11 years of commercial software engineering, as well as 11 years of MIS and consulting for banking, insurance, finance, advertising, retail, and government.

Melissa Biagtan
Staff Assistant (November)
Schlesinger Library—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Melissa Biagtan graduated last year from Northwestern University with a degree in English. She has experience in a variety of fields, including domestic-violence counseling and general research assistance.

Diane Booton
Cataloging Assistant (January)
CONSER Office—Harvard University Library

Diane Booton comes to the CONSER office from a series of administrative positions at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and, most recently, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, she worked as a curatorial assistant at various museums including the J. Paul Getty (in its prior location at Malibu) and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Currently enrolled at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons, Booton earned her MA and her PhD in art history from New York University and her BA in history and French from Portland State University.

Clara Bouricius
Project Manager, Women in Business Project—Historical Collections (January)
Baker Library—Harvard Business School

Clara Bouricius has a Harvard PhD in the History of American Civilization. Her main field of study was American women's history. She received her MA from Harvard, and her BA from Montclair State College in New Jersey. She has taught American women's history at the Harvard Extension School and a freshman seminar on American self-help literature at Harvard College.

Martha Brantigan-Stowell
Senior Cataloger in the Germanic Division (December)
Technical Services—Harvard College Library

Martha Brantigan-Stowell comes to Harvard from Boston College where she served as cataloging project supervisor, preservation manager and, most recently, music bibliographer. In addition, she has held cataloging positions at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania. Brantigan-Stowell earned her bachelor's degree in music history and theory from Northwestern University, her master's degree in German from Middlebury College, her PhD in German from the Johns Hopkins University and her MS in Library Science from Drexel University.

James Capobianco
Library Assistant—Technical Services (January)
Schlesinger Library—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

James Capobianco is a 1999 graduate of Harvard College and a former Library Assistant at the Chemistry Library. In addition to his work at the Schlesinger, he is a student in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His interests include researching family histories and music. He is a singer who has performed in Harvard productions and currently is a professional tenor at King's Chapel.

Bryce Clark
Staff Assistant (Customer Service)—HBS Working Knowledge (January)
Baker Library—Harvard Business School

Bryce Clark is a screenwriter, who has written eight screenplays and two short films. He has also worked at General Cinemas and B. Dalton Booksellers. Clark received an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

William P. Coggins
Operations Specialist (January)
Harvard Depository—Harvard University Library

William Coggins joins the Depository staff from Marrmax in Natick, where he served as a computer operations analyst. His prior affiliations include New England Electric, and Day-Timers, Inc., and First Image Management, both of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Diane Gacicia
Staff Assistant (December)
Facilities Management—Harvard College Library

Diane Gacicia will be working with all members of the Facilities team in an ongoing effort to provide the highest quality service to the HCL community. Gacicia will also handle all calls received on the Widener Stacks Renovation Project hotline.

Jeffery Griffith
Web Designer (December)
Baker Library—Harvard Business School

Jeffery Griffith comes to us from Auburn University in Alabama, where he recently graduated with a BS in computer science. He also worked at SCI Systems in Huntsville, Alabama, as an inspector of Hewlett Packard Pavilions assembled at that site.

Wendy Guild
Editorial Assistant—HBS Working Knowledge (January)
Baker Library—Harvard Business School

Wendy Guild comes to us from the Harvard Medical School, where she had been working as a staff and editorial assistant for the chairman of the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department in his role as editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to this, she was responsible for supporting 15 faculty members, and for the development and maintenance of the departmental web sites. Guild received an MFA in English and creative writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English from the State University of New York at Brockport.

Lisa Hurlbutt
Staff Assistant (October)
Schlesinger Library—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Lisa Hurlbutt is staff assistant to Jane Knowles, acting director of the Schlesinger Library. Hurlbutt graduated from Skidmore College in 1998, and she comes to the Schlesinger after working for nearly two years in the Radcliffe Dean's Office.

Deborah Levine
Research Assistant—Notable American Women (July)
Schlesinger Library—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Deborah Levine joined the Schlesinger staff immediately after completing her undergraduate degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis.

John Loud
Project Cataloger for the Rubin Collection of Indian Classical Music (November)
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library—Harvard College Library

An expert linguist and accomplished musician, John Loud holds a PhD in South Asian languages and literatures from the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught Tamil and managed the University's "year-in-India" program for undergraduates. He has spent eight years in India conducting fieldwork in religious practice and studying Indian music. Loud is responsible for sorting, identifying, and cataloging more than 2000 hours of field recordings of Indian performances made between 1964 and 1986 by American businessman James Rubin, who made this extensive collection as a hobby. Loud will produce an SGML finding aid for the Rubin Collection, which will eventually contain links to images of Rubin's field notes and audio files containing selected performances.

Barbara Mitchell
Head of Public Services (December)
Frances Loeb Library

Barbara Mitchell joined the Loeb Library staff in December. She had previously served as Head of Access Services at Widener Library. From 1983 to 1989, Mitchell was the librarian of Harvard's Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Harvard Institute for International Development. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as assistant manuscript curator and curator of maps, prints, and newspapers in the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MLS.

Alix Reiskind
Assistant Visual Resources Librarian (February)
Frances Loeb Library—Harvard Design School

Alix Reiskind accepted the position of Assistant Visual Resources Librarian at the Loeb Library in February. Alix Reiskind has worked as visual resources assistant in the Visual Resources Department in the Loeb Library for more than four years. She earned a BA from Colgate University in English and Religion and a MSLIS from Simmons in 1998.

Martha Salonidou-Hutto
Library Assistant—Circulation and End-Processing (September)
John F. Kennedy School of Government Library

Martha Salonidou-Hutto studied library science at the School of Administration and Economy of the Technical Education Institution in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she also worked at Aristotle University's German Literature Library. She moved to the United States five years ago and worked in several New Jersey public libraries before joining the staff of the Saint Elizabeth College Library. She is also an instructor at the Greek Institute.

Ernesto Santiago
Operations Specialist (February)
Harvard Depository—Harvard University Library

Ernesto Santiago is a former press operator for R.R. Donnelley and Sons in Hudson and a former student of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Benson Smith
Computer Assistant (January)
Office for Information Systems—Harvard University Library

Benson Smith joins the OIS staff from Harvard's Gordon McKay Library, where he served as interlibrary loan librarian. He is a graduate of Harvard College who subsequently earned an MA in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He served Harvard's philosophy department as a teaching fellow from 1993 to 1995.

Ron Tesler
Reader Services Librarian (January)
Fine Arts Library—Harvard College Library

Ron Tesler came to HCL as a shelver at Widener in 1995. In 1996, he became the assistant head of stacks and, in 1997, Tesler became head of the stacks division. Tesler has been instrumental in preparing the Widener stacks for the current renovation. He is the 1999 winner of the Carol Ishimoto Award for his outstanding work in developing a strategic plan for moving all of Widener's books during the renovation.

Mary Van Winkle
Serials Librarian—Library Technical Services (February)
Baker Library—Harvard Business School

Mary Van Winkle brings a rich background—with substantial experience in serials management—to Baker. Her last position was as account services manager at EBSCO. Prior to that, she was the serials librarian at Massachusetts College of Art. From 1980 to 1989, Van Winkle held a variety of positions at Harvard, including posts at Cabot Science Library of Harvard College, Office for Systems Planning and Research (now OIS) of HUL, Gutman Library of Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Countway Library of Medicine. She received her MLS from Simmons and her BA from the University of Michigan.

Paul C. Vermouth
English Bibliographer for the Social Sciences (February)
Widener Library—Harvard College Library

Paul Vermouth has served as the assistant humanities librarian at the MIT Libraries for the past eleven years. He has held prior positions at the Franklin Pierce College Library in Rindge, New Hampshire. He has a strong background in history, having taken degrees at the University of Aberdeen and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Vermouth spent nearly five years in Kenya doing fieldwork for a graduate program at Boston University. He holds a library degree from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. The fields for which he will build and manage the Widener collections are history, history of science, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, archeology, and education.

Anna Williams
Staff Assistant (January)
Office of the Director—Harvard University Library

Anna Williams is a graduate of Skidmore College. Previously, she worked for Harvard Medical School as student coordinator in the PhD program in biological and biomedical sciences. She is also a part-time office manager at Crate and Barrel.

Suzanne Wones
Reference Librarian (June)
John F. Kennedy School of Government Library

Suzanne Wones graduated from the University of Michigan with her MSI in April of 2000. At Michigan, Wones worked at the University's undergraduate library reference department and was the head of a dormitory library. Previously, she worked for the University of New Hampshire's Dimond Library while working on her master's degree in American history.

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