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Winners Announced for Library Visiting Committee Student Book-collection Prize

Graduating Senior David M. Orenstein '02 was awarded first prize in this year's Library Visiting Committee Student Book-collection Prize. Orenstein received the prize, which is sponsored by the members of the Board of Overseers' Committee to Visit the Harvard University Library, for an untitled essay and bibliography on China. Orenstein's work focuses on materials related to Shanghai.

Jura Pintar '05 won second prize for his entry, "Praxis Philosophy and Book Collecting Practi(s)e: From Marxians to Martians?" Susan Long '02 received third prize for an untitled essay and bibliography on family-owned books. "These three outstanding Harvard undergraduate students present book collections that evolve from their unique interests and sensibilities. Yet, when I read through each accompanying essay I was struck with certain similarities. Despite each one pursuing very different topics and using different collecting techniques, David, Jura, and Susan all professed that encouragement from a mentor or family member led them to begin collecting. I hope that this award will encourage them to value, collect, and be enthralled by books—just as their enthusiasm for books and collecting reaffirms the library and its mission," said Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

Students were asked to submit annotated bibliographies along with essays that spoke to such issues as early collecting efforts, influence of mentors, the experience of searching for items (or finding them serendipitously), organization and care of items, and future direction of the collection. The jury consisted of Heather Cole, librarian of Hilles and Lamont Libraries; Sarah Phillips, reference librarian and coordinator of information desk services in Widener Library; and Helene Williams, English-language bibliographer for the humanities in Widener Library.

Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book-collection recognizes and encourages book-collecting by Harvard undergraduates.

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