Amira Aaron, of the Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems, recently gave two presentations on integrating access to print and digital collections at Harvardone on September 12 at the NELINET IT Conference in Worcester, and the other at the fall meeting of the New England Archivists on October 18 in Storrs, Connecticut.
Matthew Battles's new book Library: An Unquiet History (W. W. Norton & Company, 2003) was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, Books in Brief section on August 24. Battles, the coordinating editor for the Harvard Library Bulletin, also read from and discussed the book at the Harvard Book Store Friday Forum on September 19.
Nancy Cott, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, will be director-in-absentia during the 2003-2004 academic year. She has accepted a visiting position, the French-American Foundation Chair in American Civilization, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
Schlesinger Library oral history coordinator Ruth Hill gave a lecture, "Women of Courage: 20th-Century African-American Women," at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California, on September 11. The talk was based on the Schlesinger's Black Women Oral History Project.
Kathryn Allamong Jacob, the Schlesinger Library's Johanna-Maria Fraenkel Curator of Manuscripts, was appointed to the Awards Committee of the Society of American Archivists. She, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, manuscripts processors Deborah Richards and Cheryl Beredo, and photograph cataloger Emily Novak attended the Society's conference in Los Angeles in August.
Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for the College Library, has accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory board of the Research Libraries Group publication RLG Focus, which is the electronic newsletter for users of the Research Libraries Group's information resources and services. The advisory board is made up of individuals from various RLG institutions representing diverse perspectives.
Martha Mahard, curator, Historic Photographs and Special Visual Collections in HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently attended the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists, where she was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the Visual Materials Cataloging and Access Roundtable for the coming term.
Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, librarian and deputy director of the Schlesinger Library, participated in the annual seminars of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives this year in Warsaw, Poland, September 8-12.
Helene Williams, English bibliographer for the humanities in HCL's Widener Library, taught the humanities reference course at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle during the 2003 summer session. The four-week course introduced the students to a wide array of sources and reference challenges in the humanities disciplines, from religion and philosophy to art, music, and literature.
Jane Zhang, records analyst in the Harvard University Archives Records Management Office, presented a paper on the nature of handwritten records at the first International Conference on the History of Records and Archives at the University of Toronto in October. Scholars and practicing professionals from Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, and Italy presented papers and discussed recent works, theoretical perspectives, and opportunities for research.