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

Harvard University Library Notes / January 2006 / No. 1329

Staff Activities

Paul Bellenoit, director of operations and security for the Harvard College Library, was a guest speaker on a panel of library and museum facilities/security experts last month at the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection annual conference in Orlando, Florida. Drawing on his experiences during the five-year Widener renovation for the "Protecting Collections During Construction" panel, Bellenoit spoke about the simultaneous renovation responsibilities of working closely with contractors, architects, and building occupants while providing protection for the collections.

Gregory Finnegan, associate librarian for public services and head of reference in HCL's Tozzer Library, was invited by the US State Department to participate in a seminar in Washington, DC, on October 11 to brief the new Ambassador Designate to Burkina Faso. Finnegan, who carried out anthropological field research there in 1971-72 and 1980, spoke about the sociological structure of the West African country, as he did in 1999 at a similar event for another new ambassador.

Patrick Florance, digital cartography specialist in HCL's Harvard Map Collection, has organized a workshop, "Creating an Infrastructure for GIS Support in Academic Environments," through the North East Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). The workshop is scheduled for March 7.

HCL's Loeb Music Library is well represented by staff who are also professional musicians outside the library.

Harpsichordist Rhona Freeman, Archive of World Music cataloging assistant, has been named harpsichordist and organist with Foundling Baroque Orchestra, based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is performing for its home series and touring with members of the ensemble. Freeman also continues to perform with Baroque cellist Sarah Freiberg and will tour the Pacific Northwest this spring.

Lutenist Douglas Freundlich, associate keeper of the Isham Memorial Library in HCL's Houghton Library, has made several recent recordings: Renaissonics' Carols for Dancing, music from a WGBH radio holiday special hosted by Sound & Spirit's Ellen Kushner; the Revels' Rose and Thistle, music from England and Scotland; Balletto with Renaissance harpist Nancy Hurrell; and Sweet Division, the Venere Lute Quartet's debut CD, now in its second pressing. Venere's second CD, Palestrina's Lute, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2006 to coincide with the quartet's tour of Italy.

Pianist Edward Rosser, recordings cataloging assistant, produced a solo CD, Edward Rosser: Debussy, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann. Rosser also served as curator of a photography exhibit this past summer at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, on the work of Emil Mayer, an Austrian street photographer who died during the Holocaust. The exhibit featured photographs from Viennese Types, Rosser's 1999 book on Mayer's photographs.

Ethel Hellman, collections conservator for Widener Library, Harvard College Library, was a featured speaker at the 25th anniversary celebration of the conservation program at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) at the University of Texas at Austin. Speaking as a former Ransom Center intern and a current collections conservator, she used her own experience to demonstrate the development of collections conservation in the context of a research library from its roots in the single-item conservation treatment done at the HRC.

In October, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of DeAma Battle and the Art of Black Dance, Ruth Hill, audiovisual coordinator at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, and her husband, Hugh, were honored as community leaders. Hill also attended the annual meeting of the Oral History Association, for which she serves on the editorial board, November 2-6 in Providence, as well as the National Association of Black Storytellers conference/festival in Tampa, Florida, November 9-13. In addition, on December 19-21, Hill presented oral history workshops for 60 students from the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport. The participants were middle-school students who had already done some preliminary work interviewing family members. The workshop was held in the Monroe C. Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mary Kocol, imaging technician, Preservation and Imaging, Harvard College Library, was a featured photographer at the Julia Margaret Cameron Museum on the Isle of Wight in the UK. "Collecting Light: Pictures from the Winter Season" was Kocol's first international exhibition, which ran through January 15. Kocol also gave a related talk on December 3.

Morris S. Levy, project music cataloger in HCL's Houghton Library, contributed 19 entries (including the first one, for the record labels ABC-Paramount and Bluesway) to The Encyclopedia of the Blues, published by Routledge in October 2005.

András Riedlmayer, bibliographer in Islamic art and architecture, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, was elected president (2006-2008) of the Turkish Studies Association (TSA), which is the leading international scholarly organization in the field of Ottoman and Turkish studies. In October, he took part in Library History Seminar XI: Libraries in Times of War, Revolution and Social Change, held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he presented a paper, "Crimes of War, Crimes of Peace: Destruction of Libraries During and After the Balkan Wars of the 1990s."

Brad Schaffner, head of the Slavic Division in HCL's Widener Library, recently published an article titled "No Free Lunch: Grant Adventures in the Digital Frontier" in Slavic & East European Information Resources, Volume 6, No. 2/3.

Don Share, the curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room in the Harvard College Library, presented a paper entitled "The Poet's Voice and the Sound of Modern Poetry" at the annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association in Chicago on November 6.

Jeff Spurr, Islamic and Middle Eastern specialist in HCL's Fine Arts Library, presented a paper entitled "Betrayal in the Academy: José Torres and Book Theft at Harvard" at the recent symposium Declared Lost: Recovering Stolen Books, held at the Boston Public Library on October 29, 2005. He also gave a lecture sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture on November 3 entitled "The Allure of Luxury: The Kashmir Shawl in Persia." The exhibit Spurr has co-curated with Kimberly Masteller, "Silver and Shawls: India, Europe, and the Colonial Art Market," continues at Harvard's Sackler Museum through January 29.

Ernest Zitser, Fung Library Manager/Davis Center Librarian, Harvard College Library, delivered an on-campus talk about his book The Transfigured Kingdom: Sacred Parody and Charismatic Authority at the Court of Peter the Great (Cornell University Press, 2004) on December 7, 2005. Zitser has also published an article, entitled "Apostles and Apostates: The Court of Peter the Great as a Chivalrous Religious Order," in a collection of essays called Culture and Authority in the Baroque, edited by Massimo Ciavolella and Patrick Coleman (University of Toronto Press, 2005).

 

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