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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1324 March 2005

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Julia Featheringill, photographer for Harvard College Library's Imaging Services, displayed work in an exhibition entitled "Linear Geography" at the Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. The exhibition included the drawings of six artists who use maps or the idea of mapping in their work.

In February, Patrick Florance, digital cartography specialist in HCL's Harvard Map Collection, was invited to speak about georeferencing historic maps at the University of Southern Maine.

Barbara Mitchell, head of Public Services in the Harvard Design School's Frances Loeb Library, had an article published in the recent Harvard Library Bulletin (Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall 2003). The article, entitled "'A Beginning Is Made': The New Card Catalogue of the Harvard College Library and the Female Labor Force, 1856-1877," describes the way in which Librarian of Harvard College John Langdon Sibley hired women as clerical workers to maintain the new card catalog, at a time when Harvard employed no female workers other than cleaning women.

Fran O'Donnell, curator of archives and manuscripts at the Harvard Divinity School's Andover–Harvard Theological Library, had an article published in the latest issue of the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Vol. 32, No. 4, Fall/Winter 2004). It is entitled "Glances at Artful Signs of Ages Past" and is about the printers' marks that are used as designs in the windows of the Sperry Room in Andover Hall. Printers' marks are often used as decorations in library architecture. The article in the Bulletin is a shortened version; the full article can be viewed at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/article_archive/windows.html.

Steven Riel, preservation cataloger and projects manager in the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, has been chosen by the poet Christopher Bursk to be the Robert Fraser Distinguished Visiting Poet for 2005 at Bucks County Community College, in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He will be judging the undergraduate poetry contest and giving a reading with the winner on April 29. Riel is the author of two books of poetry, How to Dream and The Spirit Can Crest, both published by Amherst Writers & Artists Press.


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