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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1325 May 2005

Harvard University Library Notes / July 2005 / No. 1326

Staff Activities

Amanda Bowen, head of Collection Management in the Harvard College Library's Fine Arts Library, is serving as liaison from the Art Libraries Society of North America to the College Art Association (CAA) for the second year. Bowen also chaired a session titled "New Research Resources in Art History" at the annual CAA meeting in Atlanta in February.

Patrick Florance, digital cartography specialist in the Harvard Map Collection, Harvard College Library, presented at a North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) workshop on Geographic Information Systems: Focus on Imagery as Geo-Spatial Data in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 27. Florance's talk, "Historic Maps as Geospatial Data Objects," focused on how historic maps are used within GIS as a tool for understanding the spatial relationships of past phenomena.

Rebecca A. Graham, interim co-director of the Countway Library of Medicine, was honored by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) at the June 26 GSLIS and LSAA Alumni Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Graham received the LSAA Leadership Award, given for accomplishments in the field of library science within ten years of graduation.

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, interim executive director and curator of manuscripts at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, gave a paper at the 13th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. Glynn Edwards, associate head of Collection Services, also attended the conference in Claremont, California.

Amy Lucker, head of Technical Services and Slides and Digital Imaging in HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently gave two papers at the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) annual conference in Houston: "Sharing the Bridge: From Analog to Digital Without Falling In" and "It's All About Access: Recasting the Role of the Cataloger." She also published two book reviews in fall 2004: "Future Cinema: The Cinematic Imaginary After Film," in Art Documentation, and "The Twenty-First Century Art Librarian," in Art Libraries Journal.

Brad Schaffner, head of the Slavic Division in Widener Library, Harvard College Library, was selected by Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science to receive the school's Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his work at Harvard, the University of Kansas, and Indiana University. Schaffner, considered a leader in the field of international librarianship, is credited with bringing distinction to Indiana's SLIS library program. He was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award at a reception during the June ALA annual conference in Chicago.

Nancy Schrock, chief collections conservator for the Harvard College Library, has been published in Who Wants Yesterday's Papers? Essays on the Research Value of Printed Materials in the Digital Age. Schrock's essay is entitled "Conserving the Physical Object." The book is a compilation of papers originally presented at a symposium of scholars and librarians organized by the University of Maryland College of Information Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries.

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger in HCL's Houghton Library, has been elected by the Huguenot Society of America as only its second honorary member. Whitesell was cited for his work over the past 15 years with the society's distinguished library of rare books and manuscripts devoted to Huguenot history. Founded in 1883, the society's library was initially set up by Melvil Dewey and his students in Columbia University's first library school class. After 1920 little was done with the collection, then numbering some 4,000 volumes, until Whitesell reorganized and recataloged it and the Society's archival collections while enrolled in Columbia University's final library school class (1990-1992). Since then he has continued to advise the Society on library matters.


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