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Harvard University Library Notes / January 2006 / No. 1329
Bonnie Burns Receives 15th Annual Ishimoto Award
Bonnie Burns, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) coordinator in the Harvard Map Collection, is the recipient of the 15th annual Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library. An endowment, established in 1991 by Carol Ishimoto, former associate librarian of Harvard College for cataloging and processing, annually provides a cash award and citation that recognizes a member of the HCL professional staff who has advanced the mission of the College Library through exceptional contributions and leadership.
Burns was chosen as this year's honoree in recognition of her role in helping to develop the Map Collection's geospatial resources—particularly the Harvard Geospatial Library (HGL)—and helping to create easier access to a vast amount of geospatial data. She has managed HGL through several software, equipment, and technical upgrades, all the while maintaining HGL availability. As GIS coordinator, Burns has also developed relationships with technical groups, scholars, and administrators across Harvard. Burns is currently managing an LDI project designed to extend GIS knowledge beyond the Map Collection and to enhance access to GIS data in HGL.
"Bonnie has been instrumental in helping the Harvard Map Collection to move its services beyond traditional library boundaries," said David Cobb, head of the Map Collection.
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