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

Harvard University Library Notes / March 2006 / No. 1330

Thea Burns and Janet Katz Receive EPDOP Support for 2006

Barbara S. Graham, associate director of the University Library for administration and programs and chair of the Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program (EPDOP) review committee, has announced two recipients for 2006: Thea Burns, HCL's Helen H. Glaser Conservator in HUL's Weissman Preservation Center, and Janet Katz, senior reference librarian and coordinator of faculty services in the Harvard Law School Library.

Burns will use her EPDOP support in concert with a three-month Craig Hugh Smith Visiting Fellowship at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence. Her work at I Tatti will focus on the invention of the Italian Renaissance metal-point drawing.

Katz will use hers to support her work in contributing a chapter to Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree's book commemorating the opening of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, for which Katz also curated an exhibition.

EPDOP provides professional development leaves of one to three months' duration—with full pay and benefits—for independent projects that increase professional competencies while providing direct benefit to Harvard's libraries. Recipients are required to complete a written report and encouraged to schedule a talk or brief workshop on their subject.

EPDOP Application Guidelines

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years of service (full-time or part-time) to the University.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the approval of appropriate supervisors, librarians, and/or other designates.
  • Proposals must include descriptions of any "deliverables" to be presented afterwards and the amount of time needed.
  • Arrangements must be possible to cover necessary assignments in the applicant's absence.
  • Librarians cannot work in any paid positions during the period of EPDOP support.
  • The program may be used in conjunction with awards from other fellowships or research grants if permitted by the supervising librarian of the faculty, including the Bryant Fellowships.

Projects may include research in areas served by the applicant's position at Harvard; initiatives to improve technical or library-oriented activities, such as internships and exchanges; internships at other institutions; writing in areas served by the applicant's position; or intensive reading and study in areas new to one's profession of a scope that extends significantly beyond normal professional expectations.

For more information on EPDOP, visit the HUL web site at http://hul.harvard.edu/resources/epdop.html, or contact Bette Viano at 5-3650 or bette_viano@harvard.edu.


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