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In the March/April 2002 issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, Donald Altschiller, in Government Documents and Microforms in HCL's Lamont Library, published an article entitled "A Librarian's Plea to Journalists: Please Give Us a Clue."

Paul Bain, information research and development specialist at the Countway Library, recently spoke at the E-BioSci/Project ORIEL summer meeting in Wiesloch, Germany (June 21-24). His talk, describing the ongoing Biomedical Image Library (BIL) project (a challenge grant project funded through the Library Digital Initiative), was part of a program of issues in bioinformatics that included ontologies and knowledge representation, database integration, language processing, and image storage and access. E-BioSci is an effort by the European Molecular Biology Organization to facilitate access and retrieval of full text and digital information in the life sciences. A summary of the meeting will be available soon at http://www.e-biosci.org/.

Matthew Battles, coordinating editor for the Harvard Library Bulletin, recently presented a paper entitled "Readers and Librarians in Conflict" at a conference on the history of libraries in the United States, which was hosted by The Library Company of Philadelphia. The conference explored the role of the library for readers, promoters, managers, scholars, and librarians.

Paul Bellenoit, director of facilities management for Harvard College Library, was one of 23 nominees for the administrative/professional prize for outstanding performance in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). The prize honors professional or administrative staff who have exceptional records of performance and who have made extraordinary contributions to the FAS above and beyond the immediate requirements of their position.

Liz Bibby, director of the Business Information Services Center (BISC) at Baker Library, attended the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference in Los Angeles in June. She spoke on the fellows panel at the reception for "first-timers" and was also a panelist on a program sponsored by the Financial Institutions Roundtable, where her topic was "Training and Marketing at Baker Library." Liz is a member of the SLA Endowment Committee as well as president elect and incoming program chair for the Boston Chapter.

John Collins, reference and documents librarian for Government Documents and Microforms, received the 2002 Undergraduate Council Award for Service to the Harvard Community. The service award is given annually to a Harvard employee for exceptional service outside of the classroom.

Robert J. Dennis, recordings librarian in HCL's Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and a writer and frequent lecturer on opera, served as a panelist on the ChevronTexaco Opera Quiz—the popular intermission feature during broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera. Dennis's Opera Quiz appearance was in conjunction with the Met's broadcast premiere of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's 1927 opera, Sly.

Barbara Haber, curator of printed books in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, has sold the paperback rights to her new book, From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals. Penguin Press will release the paperback edition in April 2003. Haber researched and wrote From Hardtack to Homefries with support from a Harvard University Library Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program (EPDOP) grant.

Dan C. Hazen and Lynn Shirey of the Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese Section, Widener Collection Development, recently directed the Harvard symposium Program for Leaders of Chilean Libraries (Programa para líderes de bibliotecas chilenas). Hazen and Shirey planned sessions, recruited speakers, and organized tours. During the symposium, Hazen gave a presentation on interlibrary cooperation; Shirey spoke on interlibrary cooperation projects and gave an overview of Harvard library catalogs and Aleph implementation. Other Harvard librarians also presented:

  • Helene Williams, English language bibliographer for the humanities in Widener Library, spoke on web-site design and evaluation;
  • Kate Bowers, processing archivist in the Harvard University Archives, spoke on metadata;
  • Susan Lee, associate librarian of Harvard College for planning and administration, and Nancy Schrock, chief collections conservator for the Harvard College Library, spoke on library construction and renovation;
  • Steve Chapman, preservation librarian for digital initiatives in the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, and Wendy Gogel, digital library projects liaison in HUL's Office for Information System (OIS), spoke on digital library projects;
  • Ivy Anderson, coordinator of digital acquisitions in OIS, spoke on electronic licensing; and
  • Nicholas Wharton, interlibrary loan librarian in Widener, spoke on interlibrary loan and document delivery.

The symposium was organized by the Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas and was sponsored by the Chilean Ministry of Education. The 30 participants were directors and managers of Chilean University libraries as well as representatives from Chile's Ministry of Education.

Ann E. Robinson, science reference librarian, Cabot Science Library, coauthored "Performance Measures for Electronic Journals: A User- centered Approach," a pilot study to test a methodology for evaluating electronic journals employing user-centered criteria. It is published in Science & Technology Libraries, Vol. 20, No. 2/3, 2001, pp. 57-71. Her coauthors are Julie M. Hurd and Deborah D. Blecic, both of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, has published "'This Cultivated Mind': Reading and Identity in a Nineteenth-century Reader," an essay appearing in the collection Reading Acts: US Readers' Interactions with Literature, 1800-1950, edited by Barbara Ryan and Amy M. Thomas, University of Tennessee Press, 2002. Scott's essay explores the approaches to reading of Mary Ann Wodrow Archbald (1762-1841) as documented in her diaries and letterbooks. Scott argues that the experience of reading goes far beyond books, extending into struggles to establish private and social identities.

Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books in the College Library, recently delivered the 2002 Nancy L. Cowan Lecture before the Baxter Society in Portland, Maine. His lecture was entitled "The Private Libraries of Portland in 1863-1864—A Somewhat Delayed Report." The Society plans to print the lecture as its tenth anniversary publication in 2003.

F. Schoningh has just published a new book by Olga Strakhov, cataloger in the Frances Loeb Library of the Harvard Design School. The book, entitled Evangelienubersetzung des Jepifanij Slavynec'kyj, Moskau 1673, is a facsimile edition of a 17th-century manuscript held in the Russian State Library in Moscow. The manuscript is an autograph translation of 1673 (from Greek into Slavonic) of the Four Gospels by a certain monk named Epifanii. Strakhov's previous book, entitled The Byzantine Culture in Muscovite Rus': The Case of Evfimii Chuovskii was published in 1998.

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