On January 16, "Murder at Harvard," coproduced by Melissa Banta, Adler Curatorial Associate in the Weissman Preservation Center, premiered at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The film, based on historian Simon Schama's book Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations, chronicles the 19th-century murder of Boston Brahmin George Parkman and the subsequent trial of Harvard professor John Webster. The film will be shown on PBS's "American Experience" later this year.
Barbara Haber, curator of printed books in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, has been appointed senior advisory editor to The Encyclopedia of American Food, which is to be published by Oxford University Press in 2003.
Rhea Karabelas, librarian for modern Greek in Widener, Michael Olson, librarian for Germanic collections in Widener, and Roger Brisson, head of the Germanic division in HCL Technical Services, joined thousands of visitors at the 53rd annual Frankfurt Book Fair. Throughout the week, concerts, theatrical programs, readings, and exhibits on Greek culture were held in conjunction with the fair's other extensive activities-among which was a talk by Michael Olson entitled "Holy Alliances? Libraries, Scholarly Publishers, and Archives for E-journals."
Katherine Martinez, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the Fine Arts Library, presented a paper in November entitled "Visual Culture or Culturine?: Attitudes Toward Photomechanical Images, 1880-1920" at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association in Washington, DC. Martinez was one of three speakers in a session entitled "Not for Sale: Determining Personal Meaning in Consumer Society."
Janine Nichipor of the Widener Library Serial Records Division recently attended the annual New England Library Association Conference, in her capacity as contributor to the December issue of New England Libraries. She is currently working on her MSLIS at Simmons.
At the American Printing History Association's Annual Conference in Saint Louis, the theme was "Transatlantic Type: Anglo-American Printing in the Nineteenth Century." Karen Nipps, senior cataloger in Houghton Library, presented a paper entitled "Inheritance and Innovation: William Hilliard and the first American university press." Hilliard was a printer active in Cambridge at the beginning of the 19th century and was chosen in 1802 to run Harvard's University Press.
Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic Collections in Widener Library, recently presented two guest lectures, "Büchner and the Nets" and "Germany's Bibliography Today," to students of Professor Karl S. Guthke's Harvard College proseminar on Georg Büchner. In addition, Olson's contribution, "Relaxing with Double Espressos," appeared in Erste Begegnungengemeinsame Projekte (Munich, 2001), for the German publisher Klaus G. Saur.
At the New England League of Middle School Teachers December conference, Shelley Woods, reserves coordinator in the Monroe C. Gutman Library, presented "Web Sites for the Middle School Curriculum." Her presentation included evaluation criteria for web sites and identified quality, practical web sites pertaining to middle school subjects.
David Warrington, librarian for special collections in the Harvard Law School Library, has published an article, "Helping Historians Write Legal History 'From Below': Collecting New Sources, Teaching New Strategies" in the Summer 2001 issue of the Legal Reference Services Quarterly. The article surveys recent trends in legal historiography, outlines sources that a librarian may use to become familiar with this literature, and suggests ways that a library can form collections of non-traditional genres of research materials that support new approaches to legal history.