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Harvard University Library Notes / January 2006 / No. 1329
HCL Information Sessions for Kosovo Librarians
Harvard College Library hosted two October information sessions for nine librarians from Kosovo, who spent the fall semester training in library science at Simmons College. The program is part of the US effort to support the development and modernization of Kosovo libraries.
"It's a very good experience because we don't have library school back home," said Bukurije Haliti, one of the nine participants in the program which was sponsored by the US Office Pristina, an organization that represents the interests of the US government in Kosovo. At HCL, the group spent time with Nancy Cline, Roy. E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College; Susan Lee, associate librarian for planning and administration; Jane Ouderkirk, head of HCL Technical Services; Brad Schaffner, head of the Slavic Division; and Carrie Kent, head of Research Services.
At the Fine Arts Library, they also met with Andras Riedlmayer, bibliographer, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture; and Jeff Spurr, Islamic and Middle East specialist, both of whom have worked with Kosovo libraries in the past.
In addition to touring the Widener and Fine Arts libraries, they learned about HCL collection development practices from Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, and about Aleph use from Lynda Kresge, associate head of HCL Technical Services.
When the Kosovo librarians returned home in December, they were the first in Kosovo with professional, state-of-the-art training in library science, and, consequently, they will play an important role in sharing their knowledge with colleagues and in making information more available to the Kosovo public.
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