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Diane Cox, Raymond Lum Named Co-Recipients of HCL's Ishimoto Award

Diane Cox, human resource information system manager in HCL's Human Resource Services, and Raymond Lum, Asian bibliographer for Widener and librarian for the Western languages collection at Harvard-Yenching Library, are the co-recipients of the thirteenth annual Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library. An endowment, established in 1991 by Carol Ishimoto, former associate librarian of Harvard College for cataloging and processing, annually provides a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of a high order. It recognizes a member of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of the College Library through exceptional contributions and leadership.

"Diane's willingness and determination to implement the PeopleSoft HR and payroll system, and Ray's persistence and enthusiasm in acquiring materials for the collections, exemplify the qualities of exceptional professional achievement envisioned by Carol Ishimoto when she established the award. Although they work in very different parts of HCL, both Diane and Ray define the scope of their jobs broadly and creatively, and neither hesitates to take on a challenge. The College Library is the grateful beneficiary of their extraordinary efforts," said Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

During the last year, Cox led the HCL implementation of the University's PeopleSoft HR and payroll system. In addition to her normal workload, she dealt with the frustrations of the large project and dedicated herself to becoming an expert on the new system. She participated in PeopleSoft development and training for HCL employees, provided guidance to her HR and library colleagues, and helped staff correct or avoid mistakes.

Raymond Lum, who has been with the Harvard College Library for more than 25 years, currently holds positions in Widener Collections and in the Harvard-Yenching Library. Instrumental in this year's 75th Anniversary Celebration of Harvard-Yenching Library, he contributed two chapters to the exhibition catalogue entitled Treasures of the Yenching, collaborated with the Peabody Museum as curator of the exhibition "Portraits from China 1923-1946," and mounted a third exhibition of East Asian ephemeral materials in Pusey Library. In addition, Lum was project manager for the Library's very first LDI project to digitize the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China collection and is currently project manager for an LDI project that will digitize 1,000 photographs from the Pickens Collection on Chinese Muslim life.

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