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HCL Librarians Honored as Movers and Shakers

Three Harvard College librarians have been named "movers and shakers" on the national library scene and are featured in Library Journal's third annual "Movers & Shakers" supplement, which was published in March. They are Carrie Macfarlane, instructional services librarian for the Harvard College Library; Kathleen Sheehan, instruction and reference librarian for the Lamont and Widener libraries; and Matthew Battles, coordinating editor of Harvard Library Bulletin.

The "Movers & Shakers" supplement published in March, profiles 50 staff members from across the US and Canada who are "innovative, creative, and make a difference." The Library Journal web site notes, "Now more than ever, librarians are creating groundbreaking services and collections for their users. But too often the people behind these exciting projects remain out of sight, known only to their peers."

Macfarlane and Sheehan are recognized as a team for their work creating electronic research guides such as "Threading the Maze," which was designed for Harvard's Expository Writing Program and serves as an introduction to research in the complex Harvard research environment. In addition, the two have created countless other guides for specific classes as well as general research tips.

Battles is recognized for Library: An Unquiet History (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003), in which he explores the ways that libraries have accumulated, preserved, shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. His ruminations about libraries and library history began while he was roaming the stacks of Widener Library as a selector for the HD Push Project. He is currently working on two new books, one documenting the history of Widener Library and the other the history of writing.

"Movers & Shakers" profiles people in every library sector: school, public, and academic librarians; those working in public and technical services; new managers, systems gurus, and collection visionaries. Unlike lifetime achievement awards, those nominated for "Movers & Shakers" are in their early or mid-careers and are chosen by editors at Library Journal from nominations that they receive from libraries nationwide.

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