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Staff Activities

Stephen Abrams, digital library program manager in the Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems, presented two papers in November on key issues related to digital preservation. The first paper, on the need for a "Global Digital Format Registry," was presented at the ASIS&T DASER Summit at MIT. Later in November, at the Digital Library Federation Forum in Albuquerque, Abrams reported on a development project co-sponsored by JSTOR and Harvard to develop an "extensible framework for digital format identification, validation, and characterization." JHOVE (or JSTOR/Harvard Object Validation Environment) includes software tools that will be used to help ensure that the digital objects created today may be preserved and used in the future.

Matthew Battles, coordinating editor for the Harvard Library Bulletin, received an award for his essay "Knowledge on Fire" (American Scholar, Summer 2003), named best essay by a writer under 35 to appear in American Scholar this year.

On October 28, Patricia Hatch, library analyst/training specialist in the Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems, gave a presentation at the New England Library Association Annual Conference held in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her presentation, "Technostress and Technology Transfer," focused on ways that library staff training can reduce stress caused by implementing new technologies, using the training program developed for the Harvard Aleph Implementation Project as a case study.

Hugh Olmsted, Slavic specialist in Research Services, Widener Library, is featured in the newly published book Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003), by American adventure writer David Roberts. The book tells the survival story of four 18th-century Russian seafarers from the Russian Far North, who survived six years marooned on a barren Arctic island without their ship or any supplies, and details Roberts's sleuth work in reconstructing and documenting the story. In his efforts to discover clues, primary sources, and other traces, he traveled to St. Petersburg and the Russian Far North with the research and translation assistance of Olmsted, whose role is described as part of the story.

In addition, Olmsted presented a paper entitled "Establishing the Moscow Patriarchat, and the Problematic Document of Absolution for Maksim Grek" at the 35th Annual National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, recently held in Toronto.

Michael P. Olson, librarian for Germanic Collections at Widener Library, recently presented a lecture entitled "Amerikanisches und deutsches Bibliothekswesen heute und morgen: Gemeinsame Entwick—lungen—gemeinsame Probleme?" ("American and German Librarianship Today and Tomorrow: Mutual Developments—Mutual Problems?") at the Leipzig Public Library. In addition, Olson visited the Berlin State Library and the German National Library in Leipzig in order to conduct research for a book he is writing. The research was funded in part by a Harvard University Library Bryant Fellowship.

Susan von Salis, associate curator of archives at the Harvard University Art Museums, has accepted an invitation to serve a three-year term on the executive committee of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.

Don Share, curator of the Harvard College Library's George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room, spoke at the annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association in Cambridge, on the translation of Spanish poetry from Spain.

Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books and senior curator in the Houghton Library of the Harvard College Library, participated in the colloquium "Edmond Jabs hors genres heir et aujourd'hui" at Cerisy-La-Salle. He spoke on "How Do I Read Edmond Jabs/Wie ich Edmond Jabs lese/Comment je lis Edmond Jabs: Hear the Bibliographer's Answer." In addition, Stoddard recently published a tribute to Hugh Amory, entitled "For Hugh from Roger," in The Journal of The American Printing History Association, Volume XXIII, Number 1.

Bruce Trumble, principal cataloger in Harvard College Library Technical Services, has been appointed chair of the Subject Analysis Committee of the Cataloging and Classification Section of the American Library Association (ALA). The committee consists of nine voting members, an intern, and nine representatives of mostly non-ALA organizations, and is charged with studying problems and recommending improvements in patterns, methods, and tools for the subject analysis, organization, and retrieval of information resources. The committee also appoints liaisons to other ALA and non-ALA organizations that have an interest in these activities.

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