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Staff Activities

Stephen Abrams, Steve Chapman, Bill Comstock, Sue Kriegsman, Lee Mandell, and David Remington all attended the "Imaging Science and Technology—Archiving" conference in San Antonio, Texas, from April 21 through 23. Abrams, digital library program manager at HUL's Office for Information Systems, and Chapman, preservation librarian for digital initiatives in the Weissman Preservation Center, presented "Steering Resources to Safe-Harbor Repositories: The Need for Reliable, Accurate and Affordable Ingest Services." Abrams also presented "Global Digital Registry Format" with David Seaman of the Digital Library Federation, as well as a focal paper entitled "PDF/A: An Electronic Document File Format for Long-Term Preservation" with Stephen P. Levenson from the Administrative Office of the US Courts. Kriegsman, digital library projects manager in OIS, and Mandell, programmer/analyst in OIS, presented "Digital Archiving Without Preservation Is Just Storage: Education Is the First Step to Achieving Preservation Goals." Chapman was the North American Program Chair for the conference.

Cheryl Beredo, a manuscript processor on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded "Second Wave" project at the Schlesinger Library, has, after a nationwide search, been awarded one of two National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) fellowships in archival administration. Beredo will begin her fellowship year in August at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where her project will focus on documenting environmental affairs in New England.

Patrick Florance, digital cartography specialist in the Harvard Map Collection in HCL, recently attended a conference at the Newberry Library in Chicago as an invited speaker. The conference theme was "History and Geography: Assessing the Role of Geographical Information in Historical Scholarship," and Florance's lecture was entitled "Bringing Historic Maps into GIS."

Members of Widener's Research Services department participated in a symposium at Columbia University entitled "Reference Librarian: Technologist or Scholar?" The purpose of the symposium was to bring together reference librarians, heads of reference departments, and public service managers from Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale to share ideas and concerns about reference services. Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for HCL, delivered the invited paper "The Natural Selection of a Reference Librarian, 2004" as part of the panel on reference librarians as scholars. Harvard librarians attending were: Laura Farwell Blake, Barbara Burg, Mary Beth Clack, Michael Hemment, Carrie Kent, Carrie Macfarlane, Pam Matz, and Elizabeth McKeigue.

Amy Lucker, head of Technical Services, Slides and Digital Imaging at HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently participated in three sessions at the Visual Resources Association annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Her papers included "Architectural Views of the World, 1870-1920: Digitization of Lantern Slides from the Fine Arts Library," "Sources for Images of Contemporary Art" (written with Bill Connor), and "Preparing for Shared Cataloging of Images." In November 2003, Lucker participated in a panel discussion about ARTstor at the Museum Computer Network annual conference. Lucker's article, "Evolution of a Profession: The Changing Nature of Art Librarian-ship," was published in the Journal of Library Administration, vol. 39, no. 2/3, 2003 (Haworth Press).

Steve Marley, senior human resource consultant, Human Resource Services, Harvard College Library, has been appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to serve as a member of the Industrial Accident Board Nominating Panel. This panel, which consists of 13 members, includes the governor's chief legal counsel, the director of labor and workforce development, the commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA), and the president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Their role is to advise the governor with respect to the appointment and reappointment of DIA administrative judges and administrative law judges. Marley was appointed to serve as one of the two employer representatives.

Leah Orent, Hebraica specialist in the Judaica Division in Widener Library, recently published an article entitled "Religious Experience and the National Community—The Version of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi" in the journal Studies in Spirituality (13/2003).

Steven Riel, preservation cataloger and projects manager in Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, has been appointed to the Intellectual Access Committee of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the American Library Association's (ALA) Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). His two-year term begins after the ALA annual meeting in June.

In March, Schlesinger Library Deputy Director Megan Sniffin-Marinoff was elected to be a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Janet Steins, associate librarian for technical services and collections in HCL's Tozzer Library, will advise the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Free Library in the Bronx as they look for a new home for the library's 40,000-volume Native American Collection. Bids to house the collection have been presented by two New York State institutions; Steins will assist in the evaluation of those bids in order to identify the library that will best be able to provide the physical and intellectual access for the collection.

Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books and senior curator in the Houghton Library, and Rodney Dennis, retired curator of manuscripts, Houghton Library, assisted in editing volume 31 of the journal Paideuma. This issue of the journal—devoted to Ezra Pound scholarship—was dedicated to James Laughlin '36, publisher and Houghton benefactor. Included in the issue is a poem by Dennis, a reminiscence by Stoddard, and a paper by Leslie Morris, curator of manuscripts in the Harvard College Library.

William Stoneman, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library in HCL, recently presented the David Nicholls Memorial Lecture "'Variously Employed': Sir Sydney Cockerell and the Boston Public Library" at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto. The lecture addressed Cockerell, director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and his career as a bookseller.

In March, Maeve Strucker, staff assistant to the directors of Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library and member of the Cambridge Women's Heritage Project, designed an exhibit for "Celebrating Women's History Month: A Lively and Historical Presentation by the Women of the Window Shop," using materials on loan from the Schlesinger Library's Window Shop collection. The Window Shop (1939-1972), was a Cambridge retail store, bakery, and café that provided employment opportunities, scholarships, immigration advice, assurance, and friendship to immigrants. It became one of the most progressive and diverse nonprofit organizations in the Boston area.

Susan von Salis, curator of archives at the Harvard Art Museums, co-taught workshops in Encoded Archival Description (EAD) at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science on March 13 and at NELINET on April 22. She participated in a panel on EAD for the spring meeting of New England Archivists at Holy Cross College on March 26.

Jan Voogd, head of collections management for HCL's Social Sciences Program, recently published two articles in Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia, edited by Peter Knight. Her first article covers the "Red Scare" and the second discusses the "Red Summer" of 1919.

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger in Houghton Library, was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the John Russell Bartlett Society, at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University. In his lecture, "Ruben Dario: A Discovery in the Harvard Stacks," Whitesell recounted his finding of two unknown poems by Dario and 40 books from Dario's library in the Widener stacks, and his recent discovery of additional Dario books and manuscripts in the New York Public Library. Earlier this month Whitesell spent a week in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he co-taught for the ninth time the "Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography" course at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School.

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