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Diane Booton, project cataloger in the Department of Manuscripts in HCL's Houghton Library, has received travel grants from the Bibliographical Society of America and from the Bibliographical Society of the United Kingdom (the Fredson Bowers Award) for her postdoctoral research concerning the production of illuminated manuscripts in late medieval Brittany.

Dan Hazen, Widener's librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, serves as program director for the Program for Latin American Libraries and Archives (PLALA), which has funded some 120 projects to preserve and/or improve access to scarce research resources within Latin American repositories. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has already provided the program with more than $1,000,000, has now renewed its support with an additional $1,130,000. The grant will enable PLALA to continue funding specific and tightly focused projects for another four years. In addition, Hazen has helped initiated a new category of "development grants," through which somewhat larger sums will be available to Latin American institutions seeking to launch cooperative projects or other initiatives with a broad potential impact.

Jeff Kosokoff, head of reference services at HCL's Lamont Library, gave a presentation on the HCL Roving Librarian pilot project to the RUSA Hot Topics in Frontline Reference discussion group at the ALA conference in Toronto. More than fifty members of the group came to hear Kosokoff speak on HCL's new project, which takes reference out of the libraries and into dorms and other high-traffic student areas.

Elizabeth Lambert, Anglo-American reference librarian in the Harvard Law School Library's Research Services division, assisted with the composition and editing of the eighth edition of Legal Research in a Nutshell. Her efforts were gratefully acknowledged in the preface.

Deb Morley, director of information technology services for HCL, recently attended the two-week Frye Leadership Institute at Emory University. The institute, which focuses on leadership in higher education, covered topics such as "Public Policy and Higher Education," "Scholarly Communication," "Presidential Perspectives: Discussions with University Presidents," and "Washington Perspectives: Discussion with Senior VP for Government and Public Affairs, American Council of Education." Morley was selected to participate from a group of nominees.

Robert Rendall, of the Cataloging and Acquisitions departments, and Susan Vaughn, Anglo American reference assistant, both of the Harvard Law School Library, each earned an MSLIS degree this summer from Simmons.

Chip Robinson, bibliographic assistant in the Germanic division of HCL Technical Services, was awarded ALA's 2003 David H. Clift Scholarship. The scholarship, named for a former director of ALA, provides $3,000 to individuals pursuing master's degrees in library and information studies. Robinson, a Simmons student, was recognized in June during the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.

Nancy Schrock, chief collections conservator for the Harvard College Library, led a roundtable discussion on the preservation of conservation treatment records for the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) in Washington, DC. The meeting, funded by the Getty Conservation Institute, drew together a group of senior conservators and archivists to discuss a strategy for saving the records of conservators in private practice. Their recommendations were presented at the AIC annual meeting in Washington, DC, and Schrock was appointed chair of the task force that will implement a program for the long-term preservation of conservation treatment records. Schrock is one of the authors of "Caring for Your Documents and Art on Paper" in the American Institute for Conservation's series of brochures on the care of cultural heritage. The material is also available on the AIC web site at

Information from Shoban Sen's web site "Computer Help for People Over 50" (which is found at was included in the Vanderbilt University computer manual for students in the Virtual School. Sen, of the Widener Library privileges office, was quoted in the section entitled "Installing New Software" and in the glossary. He was acknowledged in the credits.

Lynn Shirey, assistant librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, Widener Library, has been appointed chair of the Latin American North East Libraries Consortium (LANE). This group seeks to promote collaborative projects relating to Latin American studies resources among its members. Projects include preservation initiatives, collection coordination, and joint purchases of resources. It maintains a Union list of newspapers, a list of microform sets, a video consortium, and access to and information about collections at member institutions on its web site at

Ann Sitkin, cataloging services librarian, and Lesley Wilkins, bibliographer for law of the Islamic world, both of the Cataloging Department of the Harvard Law School Library, gave presentations at this year's American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference in Seattle. Sitkin was a member of the advanced cataloging workshop at the preconference. Her topic for the day-and-a-half presentation, entitled "Integrating Resources: The Updating Looseleaf," was well attended. Wilkins participated in a panel on religious law schemes. She gave a talk on KBP, the new Islamic law classification.

Tim Strawn, geospatial resources cataloger for HCL Technical Services, has been named to the editorial board for the Journal of Map and Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections and Archives, forthcoming from The Haworth Press.

Ann Swartzell, senior preservation program officer at the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, received an Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Presidential Citation at the ALA conference in Toronto in June. In a letter announcing its presentation, Olivia Madison, ALCTS president, said that the award "recognizes [Swartzell's] superb leadership and enthusiasm as chair of the ALCTS Organization and Bylaws Committee, particularly through the long discussions and documentation of the proposed bylaws changes involving interest groups. I firmly believe that the division will long benefit from [her] exceptional role in ensuring this fundamental change in how we support the division's strategic mission and goals."

Along with three other editors, Nongji Zhang, bibliographer for East Asian law in the Harvard Law School Library's Cataloging Department, has published a book entitled Historical Studies of Chinese Law: A Bibliography of Materials in Chinese and Japanese Published Between 1988 and 1994. It is put out by the Harvard Research Guides to the Legal Systems of East and Southeast Asia; Professor William Alford is the editor-in-chief.

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