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Roger Brisson, head of the Germanic Division in HCL Technical Services, served as a lead editor and translator for the recently published Anglo-Amerikanische Katalogisierungsregeln (K. G. Sauer, Munich), the first German translation of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd edition, 1998 revision. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) German Resources Project oversaw the project, which was initiated by Brisson and Monika Munnich of the University of Heidelberg. Brisson is a member of the Steering Committee for the ARL German Resources Project. Bruce Trumble, principal cataloger in HCL Technical Services, was involved in the project as a member of the translation team.

In September, Mary Daniels, special collections librarian in Harvard Design School's Frances Loeb Library, attended the 11th conference of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums (ICAM) in Vienna. ICAM includes museums, specialized archives, and library collections that document the work of architects, landscape architects, and urban designers.

Joan Duckett, head of reference services in the Harvard Law School Library, retired in November. Duckett had completed 20 years at Harvard as of September.

Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic collections in Widener Library, guided a trip to libraries and publishing houses in Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin for nine North American librarians new to German library collections. The trip was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes and the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Olson also gave a talk on new releases from the Frankfurt Book at the Goethe-Institut in Boston. Olson presented an overview of the Frankfurt Book Fair and discussed Germany's important fall publications.

Hana Pyro, Slavic librarian in HCL's Area Studies, presented a paper entitled "Successor States of Former Yugoslavia: From Acquisitions to Processing." Her presentation was a part of the 34th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in Pittsburgh.

Steven Riel, preservation cataloger and projects manager in the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, is a co-author of "Perceived Successes and Failures of Science & Technology E-Journal Access: A Comparative Study," which has been published in Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship, no. 35 (Summer 2002). The article—found online at—was authored collectively by the Subject and Bibliographic Access to Science Materials Committee of the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, of which Steven Riel is the cochair.

Zoo Press is about to publish Union by Don Share, the College Library's curator of the George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room. Union, Share's first book of poetry, is crafted around a central theme: how two disparate philosophies—or groups or emotions or people—come together in both conflict and harmony. For Share, this duality began on Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, the "Main Street" of the poet's youth, where memories of Civil War allegiances still divide and "the past still hurts, and gets sung about." The poems move beyond Memphis, to the shared American history of love, pain, and struggle.

Don Share also serves as poetry editor for the Harvard Review and the Partisan Review, and translates poetry from Spanish into English.

In November, Leena Siegelbaum, bibliographer for Eastern European law in the Harvard Law School Library, gave a paper at the Slavic American Association for the Advance of Slavic Studies Conference on the problems of obtaining legal materials in the Slavic states. She also participated in a panel entitled "In Your In-box: New States, New Crisis, New Responsibilities."

Jeffrey Spurr, cataloger for Islamic art in HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently published the article, "Person and Place: the Construction of Ronald Graham's Persian Photo Album," in volume XIX of Muqarnas, An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World. In addition, Spurr authored the introduction to a virtual exhibition on prayer rugs created by the New England Rug Society. He gave a talk to the undergraduate friends of the Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM) entitled "The Kashmir Shawl Tradition and its impact on 19th-century Rug Design in Persia and the Caucasus," and a gallery talk concerning the Sackler Museum's exhibition of Islamic prayer rugs.

October 24 brought some 80 law librarians from around the world to the Harvard Law School (HLS) Library for the Harvard segment of the 21st Annual Course in International Law Librarianship, which is sponsored by the International Association of Law Libraries. Following sessions in New Haven and New York, conference participants spent a day at Harvard, toured the Law Library, and explored the law of the Islamic world. The day included a presentation by Peri Bearman, associate director of the HLS Islam Legal Studies Program; Frank Vogel, Harvard's Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Adjunct Professor of Islamic Legal Studies; and Lesley Wilkins, the Law School Library's bibliographer for the Islamic world.

Nancy Zaphiris, senior monographs cataloger in the Harvard Law School Library, participated in a panel entitled "Teaching and Training Librarians" at the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) conference on November 15. Zaphiris shared instructional tips and techniques that she learned while training numerous Harvard library staff in serials receipt and acquisitions using the Aleph serials module in the new HOLLIS system. Zaphiris served as a member of Harvard's Aleph Serials Training Team.

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