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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1323 January 2005

Staff Activities

Stephen Abrams, digital library program manager in the University Library's Offfice for Information Systems, recently presented a paper on his efforts in establishing a Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR) at the Web Archiving conference held at the National Library of Australia in November. He also will have a paper on the same topic in a forthcoming issue of Library Trends.

The Boston Society of Film Critics honored the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) by naming five of HFA's cinematic overviews best film series for 2004: Haunted Visions: The Films of F. W. Murnau (a collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts); Andy Warhol and the Factory: Selected Works; Yasujiro Ozu: A Centennial Celebration; Early Bergman; and Peter Lorre: A Sinister Centennial. Special recognition went to Ted Barron, HFA programmer, who created and organized these series.

Matthew Battles, author and the coordinating editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin in HCL's Houghton Library, traveled to Santiago, Chile, as part of the State Department's cultural exchange program, speaking at the Santiago International Book Fair, the Library of Congress, and the International TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference for teachers of English as a foreign language. He also traveled to Rio de Janeiro to participate in the Rodas de Leitura, a literary lecture series hosted by the Centro Banco Cultural do Brasil and Estacdas Letras, a group that promotes appreciation of literature. He presented a talk with Jose Mindlin, a Sao Paulo-based bibliophile whose library is the largest private collection in Latin America. Battles also recently lectured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on "Libraries and Visual Imagination."

Timothy Di Leo Browne, technical services assistant, French-Italian Technical Services Division, Harvard College Library, was recently invited to give two lectures at the University of Winnipeg, "The History and Genesis of Michif" and "Michif: A Study in Language Contact." Michif is an unusual language of the northern prairies that has Cree verbs and French nouns. Browne's master's thesis examines Algonquian features of noun phrase.

David Cobb, head of the Harvard Map Collection in HCL, gave 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 title was Map Collections and GIS or Digital Data: The Death of the Paper Map? Cobb's presentation was entitled "Crossroads: Bridging the Digital Divide."

Wallace Dailey, curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection in HCL's Houghton Library, 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."

Patrick Florance, digital cartography specialist in HCL's Harvard Map Collection, recently organized and chaired a session entitled "Recreating Historic Landscapes" at the 2004 North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) annual conference.

Greer Gilman, a cataloger in HCL's Preservation and Imaging Department, received the World Fantasy Award for her novella, A Crowd of Bone, at the 30th World Fantasy Convention in Tempe, Arizona. A panel of writers and critics juries the award, which recognizes achievement in the literature and arts of the fantastic. A Crowd of Bone appears in Trampoline (Small Beer Press, 2003), an anthology edited by Kelly Link; both the anthology and the press were also nominees at the convention. The novella is the second in Gilman's triptych of stories, variations on a winter myth. The first, "Jack Daw's Pack," which appeared in Century (Winter 2000), was a Nebula finalist for 2001. Gilman's novel, Moonwise, winner of the IAFA/Crawford Award, will be reissued next year in a limited hardcover edition from Prime Books.

Shawn Gorman, library assistant in the French-Italian Technical Services Division, Harvard College Library, gave a paper on Auguste Comte, "Positivism, Science, and the Revolution," for the European conference of the Society for Literature and Science on June 26, 2004, at the Université Paris VIII. He has also sent in the final revision of "Proustian Metaphor and the Automobile" to the journal Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature, published by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where it was accepted for publication earlier this year. In addition, he attended the conference Sartre et son siècle, October 14-15, at Johns Hopkins University.

Ruth Hill, audiovisual coordinator at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, attended the Oral History Association annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, in September. In November, she attended the National Association of Black Storytellers conference in New Orleans and presented an oral history workshop. Hill also visited South Africa in October and November as one of the professional delegates traveling with the People to People Ambassador Program and had an opportunity to talk about her work in oral history.

Margaret Howe-Soper, public services manager in the Business Information Services Center, Baker Library, Harvard Business School, gave the graduation address at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science commencement ceremonies on December 19, 2004.

At the invitation of the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California in Berkeley, Irina Klyagin, project archivist with the Harvard Theatre Collection in HCL's Houghton Library, gave a paper on the history of the Bolshoi Ballet at a one-day conference, Ballet and Music in Russian History and Culture. The November conference, part of a yearlong celebration of Russian history and culture, was produced to complement the performances at Berkeley by the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra.

Jeff Kosokoff, head of reference in Lamont; Dana Mastroianni, reference librarian in Cabot; and Leslie Homzie from Brandeis University recently presented "Taking It to the Streets," a report on the results of programs at Harvard and Brandeis in which librarians equipped with laptops delivered reference services at locations outside of library walls. The talk was a part of the 2004 October Conference at Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries entitled Beyond the Building: Taking the Library to Our Users.

Cheryl LaGuardia, head of Instructional Services for the College Library, moderated the panel "Hard Core Selection Made Easier: Targeting the Issues, Offering Solutions" at the 24th Annual Charleston Conference for Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition, held in Charleston, South Carolina, on November 4. The panel discussed core book selection products in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences; the need for such products; how they come into existence; and their potential uses in the current highly competitive publishing marketplace.

Karen Nipps, senior rare book cataloger at HCL's Houghton Library, recently led a seminar in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania's History of Material Texts program. Entitled "Paper Trails of the 19th Century: Lydia Bailey, Philadelphia Printer, 1808-1861," the seminar focused on the remaining physical evidence relating to the industrious printing shop of Lydia Bailey and sought to contextualize those operations within contemporary social, economic, and printing environments. Nipps is currently working on a monograph on Lydia Bailey, which will be published by the Bibliographical Society of America in the near future.

Beata Panagopoulos, head of Technical Services at the Kennedy School of Government Library, was elected in November as chapter assembly director for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). She will serve in this capacity on the Executive Board of the society.

Debbie Richards, manuscripts processor in Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, was recently appointed to the Lesbian and Gay History Advisory Committee of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Andras Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic art and architecture in HCL's 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.

Kathleen Hunter Rutter, head of the French-Italian Division of HCL Technical Services, has been appointed to the ACRL ad hoc committee on the French-American Resources Project. This committee was formed as a result of discussions held at the March 2004 Western European Studies Section Conference in Paris, which she worked on as both chair of the local arrangements subcommittee and member of the publicity subcommittee.

In December, Don Share, curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room in HCL, gave a lecture at the Boston University Editorial Institute entitled "Literary Texts, Sound Recordings, and Descriptive Discography," which featured material from the Poetry Room audio archive.

In October, Jeffrey Spurr, Islamic and Middle East specialist for the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture in HCL's Fine Arts Library, presented "The Allure of Luxury: The Presence of the Kashmir Shawl in Persia and its Impact on 19th-Century Persian and Caucasian Rug Design" at a conference at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, entitled Indian Textile Traditions: Exchange and Transformation.

Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books in the Harvard College Library, returned on October 19 from Melbourne, Australia, where he served as an academic visitor in Monash University. In addition to delivering talks at the university, he also presented to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the Legal Resource Centre of the University of Melbourne, and the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Tim Strawn, geospatial resources cataloger with HCL Technical Services, recently attended the 2004 New England Library Association (NELA) annual conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, as an invited speaker. Strawn's presentation was entitled "Cataloging Digital Geospatial Datasets Using MARC & AACR2."

Also at NELA, Jane Ouderkirk, head of HCL Technical Services, with Michael Somers, director of the Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State College, presented a session on academic publishing.

Irina Tarsis, curatorial assistant at Houghton, presented a paper entitled "How Did Harvard Get Russian Books? Major Acquisition Sources, 1920s-1930s" at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in Boston. Her presentation focused on the career of the leading American book dealer in Slavic literature, Israel Perlstein, and his contributions to the Harvard library holdings. Tarsis, a recipient of the 2002 Bryant Fellowship for research on Perlstein, organized an exhibit at Houghton Library to commemorate this great book dealer.

Bruce Trumble, principal cataloger in HCL Technical Services, was one of the four editors of Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH. The package, prepared through an initiative by the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), includes instructor's and trainee manuals and PowerPoint presentation files. The materials are designed for use as a two-day course on the principles and practices of subject cataloging using Library of Congress subject headings. The Library of Congress recently hosted a "train-the-trainer" workshop to prepare trainers to use these materials, and a number of workshops have already been scheduled nationwide. The training materials are available from the Cataloging Distribution Service of the Library of Congress.

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger in Houghton Library, gave a paper at the October conference of the American Printing History Association, held at the University of Delaware. Whitesell's presentation was entitled "Quixotic Typography: Composing Maps and Illustrations Using Special Letterpress Fonts." In August, he returned to the University of Virginia's Rare Book School, to co-teach an introductory course on descriptive bibliography.

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

 

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