Thea Burns, the Helen H. Glaser Conservator in HUL's Weissman Preservation Center, was invited to attend a seminar workshop and to help lead a discussion entitled "Issues in the Conservation of 18th- and 19th-Century Pastels" at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The day-long activity, held on February 2, was sponsored by the Getty's departments of paintings and paper conservation.
Candice Feldt, senior cataloger in HCL's Loeb Music Library, has been elected to a two-year term as continuing education coordinator of the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG). The continuing education coordinator is responsible for planning the annual meetings for the group, including programming and facilities. MOUG generally meets prior to the Music Library Association's annual meeting. Feldt has been a member of MOUG since 1980 and has previously served as treasurer on the executive board.
Janet Katz, senior reference librarian and faculty services coordinator at the Harvard Law School Library, represented the library at the Joint Study Institute (JSI) program "Australia and New Zealand: Access to the World" at Sydney University from February 20 through 23. The JSI, which is cosponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques de Droit, and the Australian Law Librarians' Group, exists to allow law librarians from various jurisdictions to meet and discuss widespread and related issues. The meetings, held every two years in different locations, also afford participants the opportunity to learn about the host country's legal heritage and traditions.
Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Petro Jacyk Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections at the Ukrainian Research Institute and HCL's Widener Library, gave a lecture, "On Nationalism and Citizenship: Politics and Pedagogy in Magasin d'éducation et de récréation (1864-1915)," at the Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium held at the University of Arizona (Tucson); and another lecture, "Triangulations: Ukrainian School in Polish Literature in French Culture (1830-1846-1863)," at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies National Convention held in Toronto.
Raymond Lum, Asian bibliographer in Widener Library and librarian for the Western Languages Collection in Harvard-Yenching, recently delivered a lecture on historic photographs of China at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Sponsored by the museum and the Lyceum Lecture Fund, Lum's talk, entitled "Images of China: Identity and Culture," focused on ways to interpret early photographs of China without specialized or firsthand knowledge. Lum dealt with such issues as consistent terminology, the geographical expansion of China since the East India Marine Society (forerunner of the Peabody Essex Museum) was founded in 1799, the application of one's personal frames of reference to photographs seen for the first time, and the manipulation of photographic images by photographers, photographic studios, and exhibitors.
Martha R. Mahard, curator, Historic Photographs and Special Visual Collections, HCL's Fine Arts Library, has written "Indivisibility in the Twenty-First Century, or the Elephant in the Living Room," a reassessment of the article "The Indivisibility of Art Librarianship" by Wolfgang M. Freitag, former librarian of the Fine Arts Library. The reassessment will be published in Art Libraries Journal, journal of ARLIS/UK & Ireland, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2004, pages 5-9, and will include an introductory article by Freitag entitled "Twenty Years of Estrangement, or What's in a Name."
Ernest Zitser, library assistant in HCL's Slavic Division and associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, recently gave a lecture and presentation at Harvard's Literature and Culture Seminar, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. The lecture was based on his forthcoming book, entitled The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great, which will be published by Cornell University Press in May.