Leslie C. MacPherson Artinian, evening supervisor at Hilles Library, participated in a June 26 workshop, sponsored by ACRL New England Chapter: Access Services Interest Group, entitled "Student Hiring and Training in College Libraries." As one of three speakers, she gave a presentation on evaluating student employees.
Jacalyn Blume, project coordinator for the Schlesinger Library's Photograph Access Project, has taken a leave of absence for a year to join her husband in Florence, where he is a 2001-02 fellow at Villa I Tatti. Blume will be working in the library there as she did before joining the Schlesinger staff.
Malcolm Hamilton notes that Kenneth E. Carpenter, the recently retired assistant director for research resources in the Harvard University Library and the Harvard College Library, wrote the foreward to Haynes McMullen's American Libraries before 1876, which was recently published by the Greenwood Press.
David Cobb, head of the Harvard Map Collection, will be the keynote speaker at the Northeast Arc Users Group Annual Conference later this month in Worcester. His address on the historic mapping of Boston will open the general session on Monday, September 24.
Harvard's expertise is strongly represented in a new volume from Libraries Unlimited, Inc., entitled Library Off-site Shelving: Guide for High-density Facilities. Coedited by Curtis L. Kendrick, the former assistant director of the Harvard University Library for the Harvard Depository, this 241-page book includes contributions from Barbara S. Graham, associate director of the Harvard University Library for administration and programs; Ron Lane, facility manager at the Harvard Depository; Jeffrey L. Horrell, associate librarian of Harvard College for collections; and the aforementioned Kenneth E. Carpenter.
An article by Heather McMullen, social science data librarian, has been published in DttP: A Quarterly Journal of Government Information Practice and Perspective, Volume 29, No. 2 (Summer 2001), pp. 26-32. Entitled "IGO Data: Issues and Trends," the article is based on Heather's presentation as a featured speaker at the ALA/Government Documents Round Table 2000 Annual Program.
Judith Messerle, the Countway Librarian, recently received the Harvard Medical School Dean's Award for the Support and Advancement of Women Staff. In presenting the award, Dean Joseph Martin stated that Messerle was recognized for serving as a role model and mentor for female staff and librarians and for creating an environment that encourages and actively assists women to advance in their chosen profession or field. He commented that Messerle's compassionate leadership style provides women with flexible scheduling to meet their personal and professional needs; fosters and enables women to further their education and careers; and allows them to strive for their fullest potential. Dean Martin initiated the award in 1999 to recognize each year an individual who has demonstrated support for the career development, professional advancement, mentoring, and career/life balance for women staff.
Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic collections in Widener Library, spent three weeks last May in Taipei, Taiwan, where he was invited to examine and describe 45,000 Western-language titles at the Academia Sinica. The results have been published in a book: The Western Rare Book Collection of the Fu Ssu-nien Library (Taipei: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, 2001), 384 p. Olson also delivered a paper, "Reference Resources for German Studies," to the Germanists Discussion Group at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco last June.
Lettres Modernes Minard (Paris, Caen) has published the "second edition, revised and enlarged" of "Edmond Jabès in Bibliography 'Du blanc des mots et du noir des signes' A Record of the Printed Books" by Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books in Harvard College Library. Stoddard has also published a bibliography of François Hemsterhuis (1721-1790), the Dutch philosopher, in the current issue of The Book Collector (London, Summer 2001, pp. 186-201).
The University of Maine Press and the Baxter Society, in association with the Maine Historical Society, have published "The Mirror of Maine," one hundred distinguished books that reveal the history of the state and the life of its people. Roger Stoddard contributed to the bibliographical descriptions, along with Janet Scinto, bibliographic assistant in Houghton Library.
The Private Roots of Public Actions: Gender, Equality, and Political Participation by Nancy Burns, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, has been published by Harvard University Press. In their new book, Verba and his coauthors develop new methods to trace gender differences in political activity to nonpolitical institutions of everyday life.
In addition, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), has announced that Professor Verba is the 2001 recipient of ICPSR's Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences. ICPSR, which was established in 1962, is an integral part of the infrastructure of social science research, maintaining an extensive archive of social science data for research and instruction and offering training in the quantitative methods that facilitate effective data use.