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Diane E. Booton, finding aids conversion project coordinator in the Department of Manuscripts of HCL's Houghton Library, has been awarded a Neil Ker Memorial grant from the British Academy to study illuminated manuscripts at libraries in London, Oxford, and Cambridge this fall. She has also received a short-term grant from the Princeton University Library to study illuminated manuscripts in its collections. Both travel grants will further her research on a book-length study, Illuminating Brittany: Patronage and Book Production in the Later Middle Ages.

Margaret Howe-Soper, public services manager for the Business Information Services Center at Harvard Business School's Baker Library, addressed the Simmons Graduate School of Library Information and Science (GSLIS) on August 14 in her capacity as president of the Simmons GSLIS Alumni Board.

Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for the College Library, addressed the plenary session of the Oxford University Press Biennial Delegates' Meeting. LaGuardia's presentation was entitled "Developing Digital Resources to Serve Researchers—Rather Than Librarians—Well." LaGuardia was invited by Oxford University Press USA President Laura Brown to address the group because of her work writing the "E-Views and Reviews" column for Library Journal and selecting Library Journal's Best Databases and Discs annually. Delegates attending this meeting included 17 science and arts faculty delegates from Oxford University and 22 science and arts faculty delegates from American universities. This year's meeting focused on the migration of publishing from print to electronic form and how that change is transforming the Press.

The Fine Arts Library's Martha Mahard, curator, Historic Photographs and Special Visual Collections, and Amy Lucker, head of Slides and Digital Imaging, were instructors in "Musuems, Libraries, and Archives: Summer Institute for Knowledge Sharing," sponsored by Simmons in July. The seminar addressed the theoretical and practical applications in the field of information management and knowledge-sharing by museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions. Mahard presented a session on the selection of special collections materials for digitization, and Lucker presented a session on digital project management. Other instructors included Murtha Baca (Getty Research Institute), Steve Chapman (Harvard University Library), Robin Dale (Research Libraries Group), Tim Hart (J. Paul Getty Trust), Sam Quigley (Harvard University Art Museums), and Mary Woodley (California State University, Northridge).

Leslie A. Morris, Curator of Manuscripts in the College Library, was one of 21 invited library, museum, and information professionals from the US, the UK, and Australia participating in a two-day conference, "21st-Century Curatorship," at the New York Public Library July 22 through 23. Funded by a grant to the British Library from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications Program, the project seeks to define the roles of the curator in the 21st century and to investigate what knowledge, experience, and skills would be required to fulfill these changing roles. The aim is to produce a model or models that could be adaptable elsewhere, and to establish the appropriate sets of skills, roles, work patterns, outlooks, and relationships that will enable the British Library and other research library, archive, or museum curators to operate successfully in the 21st century. The report of the conference will be published in the fall.

Don Share, curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room, represented the Poetry Room on a panel about poets editing poetry held as part of the 17th Annual Writers' Workshop of the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts. Other panelists included poet/editors Grace Paley and Martha Collins and the Vietnamese writer Ngo Tu Lap.

HCL conservators Pamela Spitzmueller, Nancy Schrock, Ethel Hellman, and Debra Cuoco, and conservation intern Wendy Kraemer, attended the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) in Portland, Oregon, in June. Hellman moderated a panel discussion entitled "A Stitch in Time: The Repair of Original Sewing Structure in Bound Materials." Panel member Spitzmueller presented a talk on in-situ repair of vellum manuscripts. Schrock convened a meeting of the Archives Task Force, which she chairs, and presented guidelines for records management to AIC committees and specialty groups. AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professionals dedicated to preserving the art and artifacts of our cultural heritage. Hellman's article "Let's Give Them Something to Talk About," on the development and use of the discussion group format in the Book and Paper Group of AIC, appeared in the AIC Newsletter, Spring 2004.

Christina Thompson, editor of Harvard Review, published an essay entitled "Hawaiki" in the Summer 2004 issue (vol. 73, no. 3) of The American Scholar, the journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The essay explores the concept of an ancestral Polynesian homeland and its relevance in the contemporary world.

In June, David Warrington, head of Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library, taught a week-long course at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. He co-teaches "Collecting the History of Anglo-American Law" with former HLS librarian Morris Cohen, now librarian emeritus at the Yale Law School. Cohen and Warrington have taught their course eight times since 1989. Intended for book collectors, antiquarian booksellers, and librarians who have custody of historical legal materials, the course surveys printed and manuscript materials in Anglo-American law and introduces its bibliography and curatorship. Topics include the history of the production and distribution of law books; catalogs and reference books; philosophy and techniques of collecting; and acquiring books, manuscripts, and ephemera in the antiquarian book trade.

Jane Zhang, records analyst at the Records Management Office in the Harvard University Archives, has been designated Certified Archivist (CA) by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She is enrolled in the Simmons Doctor of Arts program, where she will be the first doctoral candidate in the archives management concentration.

At the Annual Conference of the Society of American Archivists

Jacalyn Blume, photograph coordinator at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, presented a paper entitled "Copyright and Digital Access for Historic Photographs" at a session she organized entitled "Tackling Copyright in Visual Materials." Panelists also included Amy Lucker, head of Technical Services and Slides and Digital Imaging at HCL's Fine Arts Library.

Nancy Cott, Pforzheimer Foundation Director of Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, participated in the panel discussion "Women's History Repositories: 21st-Century Directions."

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, curator of manuscripts, Schlesinger Library, was named chair of the Society of American Archivists Distinguished Service Award committee.

Archivist Katherine Kraft of the Schlesinger Library spoke to the Women's Collections Roundtable. She described the Schlesinger Library collections recently processed under the library's NEH grant, and suggested numerous research topics for scholars in a variety of disciplines other than history.

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, who begins her tenure as Harvard University Archivist this month, was recognized for her three years of distinguished service on the Society of American Archivists Council.

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