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Staff Activities

Stephen Chapman, preservation librarian for digital initiatives in the Weissman Preservation Center, as well as Wendy Gogel, digital projects and outreach senior librarian; Sue Kriegsman, digital projects librarian; and Lee Mandell, programmer/analyst, all of the Office for Information Systems, Harvard University Library, taught "Digitization Projects: Beer to Fortune Cookies," a one-day continuing education workshop at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science on October 2.

Stephen Chapman also published "Techniques for Creating Sustainable Digital Collections" in the September/October 2004 issue of Library Technology Reports. The report focuses on managerial decisions associated with developing digitization programs, addressing topics such as institutional readiness, project management, techniques for image and text digitization, sustainability, and cost management.

David Cobb, head of the Harvard Map Collection in HCL, was the keynote address at the 14th Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche, Groupe des Cartothécaires de LIBER Conference in Cambridge, England, in early September. The conference theme was "Map Collections and GIS or Digital Data—The Death of the Paper Map." Cobb's presentation was entitled "Crossroads: Bridging the Digital Divide." The meeting was attended by Europe's national libraries and major academic institutions.

Wallace Dailey, curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, has an article in the current issue (Vol. 26, No. 2) of the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal entitled "The Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard: A Sixtieth-Anniversary Report."

Mary Daniels, special collections librarian, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Design School, presented a paper entitled "'... no architectural merit...and a scrappy, confused pleasure ground...': The Response, in Image and Text, of John Charles Olmsted to the English Stately Home," at the ICAM XII, the biennal conference of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums in Venice in September.

Laura Linard, director of Historical Collections, and Nicole Hayes, coordinator of public services, Historical Collections, both of the Harvard Business School's Baker Library, presented a program entitled "Identifying Business and Financial Records" at the New England Archivists Fall 2004 meeting in Biddeford, Maine, on October 15.

Andras Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic art and architecture, Fine Arts Library, was a principal speaker at the 15th International Congress on Archives (ICA) in Vienna. The theme of the ICA was "Archives, Memory, and Knowledge," and Riedlmayer organized a panel on the fate of archives and historical memory in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger in the Department of Technical Services, HCL's Houghton Library, delivered a paper at the annual conference of the American Printing History Association, held at the University of Delaware in October. Whitesell's presentation was entitled "Quixotic Typography: Composing Maps and Illustrations Using Special Letterpress Fonts." This past August, he returned to the University of Virginia's Rare Book School, where he again co-taught the Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography course.

Helene Williams, English-language bibliographer for the humanities in the Harvard College Library, has accepted a three-year appointment to the editorial board of Public Services Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal that covers traditional as well as emerging issues in academic public services librarianship.

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