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Gregory Finnegan, associate librarian for public services and head of reference in the Tozzer Library, presented a paper at the ALA annual conference in Atlanta. The paper, "Missionary Archives in African Studies," was part of the program entitled "Mission Brief: The Research Legacy of Missionary Literatures," sponsored by the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Other presenters were Haipeng Li of Oberlin College Library, Norman Ross of Norman Ross Associates, and Russel Kracke of the American Theological Library Association.

On September 18th, Barbara Haber, curator of printed books at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, will be giving a talk at the University of Wisconsin entitled "Finding Our Heritage Through Cookbooks." The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America and the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin.

Ruth Hill, oral history coordinator at the Schlesinger Library, received from Cambridge Community Television at the annual meeting in April, a "certificate of appreciation . . . for enriching community life in Cambridge through the production of original programming." Hill is the producer of a live radio program, a live television program, and a taped television program.

John B. Howard, associate director for technology development and services at Countway Library of Medicine, spoke at the 17th International Congress of the International Musicological Society at Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Howard spoke on the subject of "The Virtual Urtext: Issues of Authenticity and Identification in Virtual Source Documents," examining issues of document integrity and accessibility from technology, intellectual property, and rights management perspectives, and discussing their implications for historians. In addition, Dr. Howard participated in a two-day pre-conference workshop on representation of musical data held at Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.

Andras Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic art and architecture, Fine Arts Library (HCL), recently published "From the Ashes: The Past and Future of Bosnia's Cultural Heritage," in Islam and Bosnia: Conflict Resolution and Foreign Policy in Multi-Ethnic States, ed. by Maya Shatzmiller (Montreal & London: McGill-Queen's University Press), pp. 98-135.

On April 9 and 10, Riedlmayer appeared as an expert witness in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic at the UN war crimes tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague, presenting testimony about the destruction of cultural heritage during the 1998-1999 Kosovo conflict. It was an important moment both for international law on the protection of cultural property and for art documentation. On-demand video and transcripts of each day of this historic trial are available online at

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, deputy director of the Schlesinger Library, was elected to the steering committee for the section of university and research institution archives of the International Council on Archives.

The preface to Marks in Books, the 1985 exhibition catalog written by Rare Books Curator and Senior Curator in the Houghton Library Roger E. Stoddard, has been translated into Italian. It is published as the lead article in Nel Mondo delle Postille, I Libri a Stampa con Note Manoscritte, Una Raccolta di Studi, ed. Edoardo Barbieri, "Humanae Litterae," 6 (Milano: Edizioni CUSL, 2002).

The American Political Science Association has announced that its 2002 Victoria Schuck prize, given annually for the best new book on women and politics, goes to Nancy Burns, Kay L. Scholzman, and Sidney Verba—the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library. Burns, Schlozman, and Verba collaborated on The Private Roots of Public Action, which was published in 2001 by the Harvard University Press.

On Thursday, August 22, Susan von Salis, Schlesinger Library archivist and information systems administrator, spoke on a panel at the Society of American Archivists' annual meeting. Her presentation is entitled, "Serving the Public While Protecting Privacy: The Archivist's Conundrum."

Helene Williams, English-language bibliographer for the humanities in HCL's Widener Library, took part in a panel presentation at the ALA annual conference in Atlanta. The Literatures in English Section program, entitled "Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment," focused on the evolving role of librarians in providing instruction in research methods for literature students and faculty. Her co-panelists were James Harner of Texas A & M University, Jim Bracken of the Ohio State University Libraries, and William Wortman of Miami University of Ohio.

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