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At the International Institute for Conser-vation's Baltimore Congress, Priscilla Anderson, conservator in Harvard Univer-sity Library's Weissman Preservation Center, gave a visual presentation-or "poster"-on recent developments in the conservation of Islamic manuscripts. Anderson also gave a paper on the same subject, filling in for another presenter who was unable to attend the conference. The Islamic manuscript project is summarized at

Charles Berlin, Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica, recently served as a consultant to George Washington University's Gelman Library to advise them in the development of their Judaica collection. Elizabeth Vernon, Judaica technical services librarian, visited the Hebraica-und Judaica-Abteilung (Hebraica and Judaica Section) of the Stadt-und Universitäts-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main and the Germania Judaica Library in Cologne to discuss joint projects with the Harvard Judaica Division.

Thea Burns, Helen H. Glaser Conservator in the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, received her PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Her dissertation is entitled "Pastel's Histories: A Function-based Study of Narrative Histories of the Development of Pastel from Clouet to Carriera." In September, Burns presented a paper entitled "'A Serious and Universal Evil': the Early Scientific Study of Paper Deterioration" at the 19th biennial congress of the Inter-national Institute for Conservation in Baltimore. An enlarged version of this paper was published in the congress preprints, "Works of Art on Paper, Books, Documents and Photographs: Techniques and Conservation."

James F. Coakley, manuscript cataloger in the Houghton Library, read a paper at "Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution," a conference held at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. The conference was in connection with an exhibition at the Museum on how printing spread to the Middle East. Coakley selected the Syriac items for the exhibition-one of which was on loan from the Andover–Harvard Library-and he wrote an article for the catalog entitled, "Printing in Syriac, 1534-1984."

On behalf of Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, Nancy F. Cott, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, and Ruth Hill, oral history coordinator, accepted the Chinese Historical Society of New England's 2002 "Sojourner Award" on September 20. The award is named for the Chinese immigrants who saw themselves as "sojourners," expecting to return to China to help their families.

Oliver Cutshaw, binding librarian in HCL's Preservation & Imaging Services, and Humberto Oliveira, preservation assistant in HCL's Tozzer Library, are participating in "Managing Preservation," an intensive training program offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. They will attend five multi-day sessions over the course of a year, learning about the fundamentals of preservation, collections maintenance, emergency preparedness, preservation technologies, and preservation administration. Jane Hedberg, preservation program officer in the Weissman Preservation Center, is one of three core faculty for the workshop.

Cheryl LaGuardia, head of instructional services for the Harvard College Library, coauthored "Interviewing: Beware Blogging Blunders," which appears in the September 15 issue of Library Journal. The coauthor is Ed Tallent, head of reference and instructional services at the Thomas P. O'Neill Library at Boston College, formerly of Widener Research Services and Lamont Reference. In the article, LaGuardia and Tallent note that "adopting a consistent, professional style and competent presentation in all communications is becoming more important as the geographical separations between us shrink."

Martha R. Mahard, curator, historic photographs and special visual collections at HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently gave a presentation at the NELINET-sponsored conference, "Digital Reality III: Building the Community." Mahard participated in a panel discussion concerning benefits and challenges of cross-institutional collaboration, and her remarks were based on Harvard's experience with the development of the VIA, or Visual Information Access, catalog.

Karen Nipps, senior cataloger at Houghton Library, recently published "Addenda to McDonald et al., Miller, and NAIP: Two Previously Unlocated Pennsylvania Gazette Carriers' Addresses for 1761 and 1762" in Volume 96, No. 3 (September 2002), of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. The unique broadsides that prompted the article were recently found tucked inside large newspaper volumes in Houghton. Matthew Seccombe, a researcher working on 18th-century serials for the national electronic database, the English Short-title Catalogue, made the discovery.

Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic collections at Widener Library, moderated a two-day symposium, "Moving to New Realities," at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Additionally, he presented two lectures, "The New Germanistik" and "The New Widener," in Professor Maria Tatar's graduate proseminar German 226r.

Jan Voogd, head of collection management, in HCL's Littauer Library, presented a paper on the "Red Summer" race riots of 1919 at "Lynching and Racial Violence: Histories and Legacies," an international conference sponsored by Emory University and the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site.

Helene Williams, HCL's English bibliographer for the humanities, and Cheryl LaGuardia, HCL's head of instructional services, coauthored "Teaching Across the Divides in the Library Classroom," a paper presented at the 68th IFLA Council and General Conference held in Glasgow at the end of August. The two collaborated to develop the paper, which discusses how library instruction programs can effectively reach students diverse in ethnicity, academic preparation, and age. Williams and LaGuardia called on colleagues Christine Oka, bibliographic instruction coordinator at Northeastern University, and Anne Zald, information literacy coordinator at the University of Washington, to coauthor the paper. The paper is available at

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