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Amy Boucher, head of the Interlibrary Loan Division at Widener Library, recently published a biographical sketch of Lawrence S. Thompson, author and librarian, in the second supplement to the Dictionary of American Library Biography (Libraries Unlimited).

Ann Cullen, business information librarian at Harvard Business School's Baker Library, participated in a "Spotlight on Special Librarians" panel discussion on March 27 at Simmons College. The discussion topic was "How do you provide value to your organization?" Other members of the panel, moderated by Dr. James Matarazzo, former dean of the GSLIS program at Simmons and an SLA Fellow, were Ethel Salonen, manager of external content for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Helen Keil, information resources librarian at Industrial Economics, Inc.

The Fourth Annual North American Aleph Users Group (NAAUG) meeting was recently held at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. At the meeting, Dale Flecker, associate director of the University Library for planning and systems, welcomed the group as chair of the NAAUG Steering Committee, and several members of the Harvard Libraries staff gave presentations. Elizabeth Vernon, Judaica technical services librarian in Widener Library, presented "Macros in the Judaica Division of the Harvard College Library: Leveraging Aleph Acquisitions Module Capabilities with Macro Express." Charles Husbands, senior systems librarian in the Office for Information Systems (OIS), spoke on "East Meets Rest: Incorporating CJK Script into Aleph." As well, Martha Creedon, systems librarian in OIS, gave a presentation on "Harvard's Aleph Custom Reporting Environment." Michelle Durocher, division head of Materials Management in HCL Technical Services, was the moderator for Creedon's talk.

Also attending the NAAUG meeting were HCL employees Daryl Boone, head of the English Division, HCL Technical Services; Linda Kresge, associate head of HCL Technical Services; and Jane Ouderkirk, head of HCL Technical Services. The delegation from OIS included Amira Aaron, Paul Aloisio, Kathleen Anderson, Patricia Hatch, Laura Morse, Tracey Robinson, and Helen Schmierer. Flecker, Aaron, and Aloisio remained in Iowa City to attend the meeting of the SFX/MetaLib Users Group (SMUG) that followed.

Deborah Garson, head of Research Services in the Graduate School of Education's Gutman Library, was chair and program planner for the Education Division at the Special Libraries Association 94th Annual Conference held in June in New York City. As a program planner for the conference, Garson was responsible for a number of division programs, meetings, and events. The conference programs sponsored by the Education Division were: "Professional Competencies for the Digital Age," "ERIC and the 21st Century," and "Distance Services: Libraries Without Walls," with speakers Liz Bibby of Baker Library and Carla Lillvik of Gutman Library. In addition, Garson was a speaker representing education policy web resources at the program "Spotlight: The Best Social Science Websites."

Nancy L. Hallock, division head in HCL's Spanish/Portuguese/Latin American Technical Services Division, served as a volunteer indexer for the 2002 Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) online resource, which was recently ranked by Library Journal as one of the best electronic resources of 2002. Hallock has been a volunteer indexer for HAPI for twenty years.

Ruth Hill, oral history coordinator in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, received a certificate of appreciation from Cambridge Community Television for producing a weekly two-hour radio show featuring conversations between her and her husband, local storyteller Brother Blue, as well as for her work on a weekly half-hour television show entitled "Be Live: Brother Blue Storyteller."

Rachel Howarth, head of Public Services at Houghton and curator of the Harry Elkins Widener Collection, has been elected as the member-at-large for the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Previously, Howarth has served as a member of the RBMS Security Committee and the Membership and Professional Development Committee.

Margaret Howe-Soper, Public Services manager at Baker Library, will be the vice president and program chair of the Simmons Graduate School of Information Science Alumni Association for 2003-2004.

Carrie Kent, head of Research Services in Widener Library, and Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for the College Library, delivered the address "Moving Beyond (shudder) 'Information Literacy': Information Fluency and Research Mastery" at the spring meeting of the Cooperative Library Association of Independent Schools, held at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Jacyk Bibliographer at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, has been selected from a national applicant pool to attend one of twenty-nine summer study opportunities supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Kiebuzinski will participate in a seminar entitled "Surveying Paris: Urban Space and Urban Culture in the Early Modern City." The five-week program will be held at Reid Hall in Paris and directed by Karen Newman, professor of English and comparative literature at Brown University.

Raymond Lum, HCL's Asian bibliographer and Harvard-Yenching's librarian for the Western Languages Collection, was recently honored by the Harvard University Extension School for twenty-seven years of service. For the past three decades Lum has been the school's "Beginning Chinese" instructor. The first year the class was offered, he assisted; the following year he became the primary instructor and he has taught the two-semester course every year since.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) honored Jan Merrill-Oldham, Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian in the Harvard College Library and the Harvard University Library, for fifteen years of service as a consultant to the Preservation of Research Libraries Materials Committee. The ARL announced, "With the passion of a practitioner, the vision of a leader, and the eloquence to convey both, Jan dedicated herself to helping ARL directors understand and appreciate the importance of preservation to the well-run research library." Merrill-Oldham was recognized and presented with a certificate at the October 2002 ARL meeting.

Martha Mahard, curator of historical photographs and special visual collections in HCL's Fine Arts Library, published two articles: "Berenson Was Right! Why We Maintain Large Collections of Historical Photographs," in Art Documentation, vol. 22, no. 1, and "Harvard University's Historic Photographic Collection," in VRA Bulletin, winter 2002, vol. 29, number 4. "Berenson Was Right!" is based on a lecture Mahard presented at the annual conference of the Art Library Society of North America and the Visual Resource Association. In addition, Mahard has completed her tenth year of teaching the Management of Photographic Archives course at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Karen Nipps, senior cataloger at Houghton Library, was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Nipps will use the one-month resident fellowship to continue her research on the Philadelphia printer Lydia Bailey. Little known today, Bailey was a leading printer in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1860.

Leah Orent, HCL's Hebraica cataloger in Area Studies, published the article "The Righteous Man (Tsaddik) and the Intermediate Man (Benoni) in the Teaching of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi" in the latest issue of the Jewish studies journal Tarbiz (Jerusalem, vol. 71, no. 1/2).

Beata Panagopoulos, head of Technical Services in the Kennedy School of Government Library, was honored by NEASIST (the New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology) with a "Certificate of Special Recognition—Chapter Appreciation, in Grateful Recognition for Continuing Dedication and Enthusiastic Support of the Chapter."

Helen Quigley, Technical Services assistant in HCL's Tozzer Library, recently co-authored a paper with Juan Enriquez, director of the Harvard Business School Life Science Project, entitled "Will Life Sciences Be a Driving Force of the 21st Century? Challenges for Arabic-Speaking States," that has just been issued as Harvard Business School Working Paper (#03-114). The paper was presented in January at a conference sponsored by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi and is to be published by the Center as part of its proceedings.

Silabhadra (Shoban) Sen, Billing Unit, Widener, and his web site, "Computer Help for People Over 50," were recently mentioned in the Sunday Times, London. The site was listed as a great resource to help senior citizens make the most of the Internet. Over the past four years, Sen taught himself web design and has created many web sites, such as "Stamp Collecting for Enjoyment Not Profit," and his personal homepage. His sites have been mentioned in international newsletters and have won awards.

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, librarian and deputy director of Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, was appointed to be a member of the Advisory Committee on the History of Physics for the American Institute of Physics.

Clifford Wunderlich, head of Public Services in the Harvard Divinity School's Andover–Harvard Theological Library, wrote a review, entitled "ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials and EBSCO's Religion & Philosophy Collection," that was published in the May 15 issue of Library Journal (pp. 137-8). The article was printed in the "Database & Disc Reviews" column, which is edited by Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for the Harvard College Library.

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