Kate Becker, conservation technician in HCL's Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Library, attended an international conference entitled, "Academic Librarianship in the New Millennium: Roles, Trends, and Global Collaboration." Held in June in Kunming, China, the conference was attended by library and information professionals from China, the United States, and Canada. Becker gave a paper titled "Brittle Books and Puddles on the Floor: A Snapshot of the Preservation and Conservation Programs in an Undergraduate Science Library." She has served since 2000 on the Board of the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association, one of the sponsors of the conference and one of the oldest educational exchange institutions in the United States. The organization promotes understanding and communication between Asians and Americans through individual and group educational programs and community projects.
In October, Mary Daniels, special collections librarian for the Frances Loeb Library of the Harvard Design School, attended the meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums in Santa Barbara, California. The program included discussions of funding opportunities for architectural collections and security precautions related to architectural resources. Additionally, the meeting included presentations on current projects based at the Museum of Modern Art and at the University of California, Berkeley, plus a joint project sponsored by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Architectural Archive.
At a conference sponsored in London by the Women's History Network, Barbara Haber, curator of printed books at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, presented a paper entitled "Cookbooks as Feminist Texts." Haber also served on a panel that addressed unusual sources for the study of women's history. The conference was held September 8 and 9 in conjunction with the opening of the Women's Library (formerly the Fawcett Library). During the same trip, Haber attended the Oxford Symposium on Food held at Oxford University.
Dan C. Hazen and Lynn M. Shirey, librarian and assistant librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in the Harvard College Library, participated in an IFLA panel on August 23 entitled "Latin America in United States Libraries: Collections and Cooperative Projects." The program was organized by the IFLA Latin America and Caribbean section, SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials), and Harvard University. Other speakers were Adan Griego of Stanford University and Victor Torres of the University of Puerto Rico. About 60 librarians from the US and Latin America attended the event, which was held in the Lamont Forum Room.
Steven Riel, technical services librarian at the Botany Libraries, joined with other members of the ACRL STS Subject and Bibliographic Access Committee in presenting their research project, "The Perceived Successes and Failures of Sci/Tech E-Journal Access: A Comparative Study," at the STS Research Forum held on June 17, 2001, at the ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Ann Sitkin, cataloging services librarian at the Harvard Law School Library, has been appointed to the Standing Committee on Standards of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. She is also currently chair of Harvard University Library's Committee on Bibliographic Standards and Policy.
Elizabeth Vernon, Judaica technical services librarian in the Harvard College Library, participated in an IFLA panel sponsored by IFLA's Repository and Storage Libraries Discussion Group on August 19. The title of her paper was "Decision-making for Remote Storage Transfer: Analysis of Circulation Statistics." This paper, based on research done for her doctorate in library administration using holdings and circulation data of the Widener Library collections, examined how analysis of circulation statistics can be used as a collection management tool to assist in decision-making for remote storage selection.