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EVA Conference Hosted by HCL's Judaica Division

On October 2 and 3, the Judaica Division of Harvard College Library hosted the EVA—or Electronic Imaging, the Visual Arts & Beyond—conference entitled "US—Europe—Israel: Cooperation in 'Culture x Technology.'" Violet Gilboa, the Littauer Herbraica Technical and Research Services Librarian for the Judaica Division, organized the two-day event, in which a host of international guests and Harvard staff explored topics ranging from leading-edge, digital-resource applications to the digitization of music and performing-arts materials.

EVA is an organization that promotes digital projects throughout Europe by convening key people from academic, cultural, governmental, and commercial organizations to exchange ideas. This year's conference focused on ideas that would be particularly applicable to the arts in Israel.

"The symposium offers us a chance to connect with colleagues in the private and academic sectors across the world, so that we can cultivate relationships and build on each other's work and ideas," said Charles Berlin, Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica.

Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, welcomed the conference participants, and Michael Lesk of the Internet Archive gave the opening address, entitled "2D Good, 3D Better: Higher Dimensions in Digital Libraries." Over twenty presentations were given, including "Introducing the Harvard Judaica Collection: Documenting Jewish Life in Israel and the Diaspora," presented by Berlin; "Harvesting and Archiving Israeli Websites for Research," presented by Gilboa; and "Audio Preservation for a Digital World," presented by David Ackerman, audio preservation engineer in HCL's Loeb Music Library.

Moderators for the sessions included Gilboa; Jeffrey Horrell, associate librarian of Harvard College for collections; Virginia Danielson, the Richard F. French Librarian of the Loeb Music Library; Deb Morley, HCL's director of information technology services; and Roger Hurwitz of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as James Hemsley of the National Museums of Scotland.

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