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

Harvard University Library Notes / November 2005 / No. 1328

Staff Activities

David Best, associate university archivist for records management in the University Archives, Harvard University Library, was named Chair of the Joint Committee of the Society of American Archivists and the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (SAA/ARMA Joint Committee).

Kathryn Bowers, collections services archivist in the University Archives, presented a workshop entitled "Standards for Arrangement and Description" at the fall meeting of the New England Archivists in Burlington, Vermont. Susan von Salis, curator of the Harvard University Art Museums Archives, also presented a paper, on archival outreach.

Jay Hurd, preservation review librarian in the Harvard College Library's Preservation and Imaging Department, presented a program on "Baseball Literature for Children and Young Adults" at the 35th Annual Conference of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) held in early August in Toronto.

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, curator of manuscripts in the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, was appointed to the American Historical Association's Committee on Women Historians. Jacob presented a paper entitled "Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Documents: The Challenges of Documenting the Struggle to Control Women's Reproductive Lives" at the Society of American Archivists conference in New Orleans in August.

Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Petro Jacyk Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections in the Slavic Division of HCL's Widener Library, traveled to Ukraine from June 17 to July 3, visiting the cities of Lviv, Kyiv, and Donetsk, among others. In Lviv and Kyiv she met with archivists, librarians, and publishers to discuss collaborative projects with the Harvard College Library. In Donetsk she gave a paper on "Ukrainian-Polish Relations in Jan Czynski's Novel Le Kosak" at the 6th Congress of the International Association of Ukrainian Studies. At the Congress she also attended a book presentation of Vidkrytyi Arkhiv (Open Archives), a volume published by Krytyka Press in Kyiv that includes an article by Kiebuzinski entitled "Marie de Grandval's Mazeppa on the French Operatic Stage."

Brad Schaffner, head of the Slavic Division in Widener Library, presented the paper "Slavic and East European Collections at American Universities: Problems and Possibilities" at the VII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, in Berlin, Germany, at the end of July.

A poem by Don Share, curator of HCL's Woodberry Poetry Room, has been selected to appear on Slate.com by Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States and Slate's poetry editor. Share's poem, "A Drop in the Bucket," is available online now. He can be heard online at The Cortland Review (http://www.cortlandreview.com) as well, reading two of his poems, "Easter" and "Rest." He also contributed an essay entitled "'It Seems I Was Reading Something...': Poetic Voices In and Out of John Ashbery's 'Flow Chart,'" to the September/October 2005 issue of PN Review (Manchester, UK). Another recent essay, "Lands of Unlikeness: Robert Lowell and Marianne Moore," was published in Literary Imaginations: The Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Vol. 6, No. 2.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA) named University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff a Fellow of the Society, the highest honor bestowed by SAA and awarded for outstanding contributions to the archival profession.

Jeff Spurr, Islamic and Middle Eastern specialist in HCL's Fine Arts Library, recently finished a report titled "Indispensable Yet Vulnerable: The Library in Dangerous Times—A Report on the Status of Iraqi Academic Libraries and a Survey of Efforts to Assist Them, with Historical Introduction," which has been posted on the Middle East Librarians Association Committee on Iraqi Libraries site (http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IRAQ/mela/indispensable.html). Spurr also published an article, "Glimpses of an Eclipsed Heritage: Photography of Afghanistan in the Collections of the Fine Arts Library at Harvard," in the March 2005 edition of Visual Resources. He has presented a number of papers recently as well: "From Scholars to Missionaries: The Origins, History, and Organization of Middle East Photograph Collections at Harvard's Fine Arts Library," at the conference of the Society of American Archivists in New Orleans in August; "War and Recovery: One Initiative to Help Bosnia's Libraries Rebuild," presented at the First International Conference of Slavicist Librarians, in Sarajevo in April; and "Bosnia 1996, Iraq 2003: Destruction of Libraries in Wartime, and Efforts to Rehabilitate Them," a talk given at the annual Harvard Librarians' Assembly in April.

On October 4, the Fine Arts Library hosted a meeting of conservators and librarians concerned with East Asian rubbings, with several staff members from HCL and from the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center presenting. BoYue Yao, visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Library and rare books librarian at Beijing University, gave a presentation on the history and manufacture of rubbings. Heather Hendry and Sarah Reidell, conservators at the Weissman Preservation Center, discussed their efforts to preserve the Fine Arts Library's collection of rubbings. Mary Kocol, imaging technician in the Preservation and Imaging Department, gave visitors a tour of the Digital Imaging Lab in Widener and discussed her scanning of the Fine Arts rubbings. The meeting provided an opportunity for conservators and rubbings experts from several institutions to share expertise and processes for cataloging, scanning, and conserving rubbings.

Jane Zhang, records analyst in the University Archives, presented a paper at the Second International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA2) in Amsterdam entitled "The Legacy of American Colonial Recordkeeping."

 

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