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

Harvard University Library Notes / September 2005 / No. 1327

Staff Activities

Peter X. Accardo, acquisition bibliographer in the Department of Rare Books at HCL's Houghton Library, joins 15 other nationally and internationally known Byronists as a new board member of the Byron Society of America. He has joined such other Byron scholars and collectors as Marsha M. Manns, Jerome J. McGann, Donald H. Reiman, and Jack G. Wasserman. Accardo is the author of Byron in Nineteenth-Century American Culture, published by the Byron Society and the University of Delaware in 2001, and Byron in America to 1830, a separately bound issue of the Harvard Library Bulletin (1998). He has also consulted as an advisor to the new Byron Society Collection that is housed in the English Department of the University of Delaware.

Kirsten Colton, senior human resource consultant in the Harvard College Library, has been selected as a Vogt Fellow by the Boston Consortium of Higher Education for 2005–2006. The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program is a one-year program that facilitates development of leadership and collaboration skills through lectures, mentorship, and a yearlong project. This year 16 fellows were chosen as emerging leaders from schools within the consortium.

Ruth Hill, audiovisual coordinator at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, attended an international symposium on Storytelling as a Healing Art in Jarna, Sweden, July 11 through July 17. She made a short presentation on the Schlesinger Library's oral history projects.

Karen Nipps, senior rare book cataloger at Houghton Library, recently presented a paper at "Material Cultures and the Creation of Knowledge," a conference sponsored by the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the History of the Book. This international three-day conference featured keynote speeches by such leading historians of the book as Roger Chartier and Robert Darnton and examined how print and manuscript cultures have affected and continue to affect the transmission and creation of knowledge throughout the world. Nipps's paper, entitled "William Hilliard and the Pursuit of Excellence," concerned the transatlantic book trade during the years of the American Early Republic and Hilliard's involvement in that trade both as a bookseller, printer, and publisher and as Thomas Jefferson's agent in establishing the library of the University of Virginia.

Pamela Spitzmueller, the James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections in HCL and HUL at the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, presented a paper at the University of Iowa Libraries' "Changing Book: Transitions in Design, Production, and Preservation" conference, July 22 to 24. The conference spanned the practice of book conservation, the academic study of books and reading behaviors, and influences of digital technologies on the production of the traditional book. Spitzmueller's paper, "Book Conservation and Book Arts," linked the ways in which lessons learned by a conservator about book structure, binding history, and conservation treatments can inspire and be influenced by book arts and artists' books.

Irina Tarsis, curatorial assistant in Houghton Library, has been selected as this year's recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's Bogle-Pratt Travel Award. Tarsis will use the award to attend her first international conference, the VII World Congress of International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) in Berlin. There she will present a paper called "Russian Antiquarian Booksellers and Harvard Acquisitions."

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger at Houghton Library, delivered the weekly lecture at the University of Virginia's Rare Book School on July 18. Whitesell's illustrated presentation, "Quixotic Typography: Composing Maps and Illustrations Using Special Letterpress Fonts," traced the attempts made by printers during the 18th and 19th centuries to create illustrations with movable type. During the previous week Whitesell co-taught the "Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography" course at the Rare Book School.


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