"Nepal-A Preliminary Excursion," by Frances Loeb Library's Special Collections Librarian Mary Daniels, appeared in the January-June 2001 issue of ICAM NEWS, the official publication of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums. This visit was in connection with the forthcoming acquisition of documentationdrawings, photographs, planning reports, etc. generated by the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust.
Jackie Dean, Manuscript Cataloger in the Houghton Library, presented a paper entitled "The New Directions Archive at Houghton Library, Harvard University" at the recent Modern Language Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, as part of a panel session on "Archival Modernism."
Enanu (Nanu) Dixon retired from Baker Library on February 29, 2001, after more than 25 years of service. Nanu joined Baker Library in 1975 as a library assistant. After completing her MLS degree, she became a librarian in the Reference Department, which was later incorporated into the Business Information Services Center. Over the years, she has played an important role in working with the reference and working papers collections, as well as working with students, faculty, and alumni/ae. Most recently, Nanu has played a key role within the new Business Information Services Center service model by coordinating desk schedules and staff training.
Greer Gilman, Preservation Cataloger in HCL Preservation & Imaging Services, has just returned from Los Angeles, where she attended the annual Nebula Awards ceremony. The program, sponsored by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, was held on April 28. Greer's story, "Jack Daw's Pack," was among the nominees for a Nebula Award in the novelette category. Luminaries at the celebration included Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison. Ms. Gilman is also author of Moonwise, published by Penguin in 1991.
Leah Orent, Hebraica Specialist of the Judaica Division in Widener Library, received her PhD in Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The title of her dissertation is "Ethical and Mystical Perspectives in the Teachings of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi: A Comparative Study."
Thomas J. Michalak, Executive Director, Baker Library, participated in the "MLS Renewal for Special Librarians" held March 7-11 at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and sponsored by Special Libraries Association, Strategic Learning and Development Center. Tom was one of the lead contributors for the session entitled "Investigating New DirectionsThe Changing Role of the Information Center."
An article by Jane Padham Ouderkirk, Head of HCL Technical Services, entitled "Staff Assignments and Workflow Distribution at the End of the 20th Century: Where We Were, Where We Are, and What We'll Need to Be," has been published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Volume 30, Numbers 2/3 2000, Part II.
On Friday, March 30, William Stoneman, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, delivered the second annual Leonard Boyle Memorial Lecture at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto. Stoneman's topic was "New Directions in the Description of the Medieval Book." His lecture used a medieval manuscript and a 15th-century printed book in the Houghton Library collection as examples of how catalog descriptions of books reflect trends in scholarship. He concluded by suggesting ways in which new electronic and digital catalogs will influence future descriptions of these books. The lecture series honors the work of Leonard Boyle who was Professor of Latin Palaeography at the Pontifical Institute from 1961 until 1984, when he was made Prefect of the Vatican Library.