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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

Staff Activities

Matthew Battles, coordinating editor of the Harvard Library Bulletin, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, has been selected by the Massachusetts Center for the Book to serve as a judge for the 2006 Massachusetts Book Awards. Battles will serve as one of three judges on the nonfiction panel. The Massachusetts Book Awards honor books that were written by state authors or that present a Massachusetts theme.

Jill Young Coelho, librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa in Widener Library, and Gregory A. Finnegan, associate librarian for public services and head of reference in Tozzer Library, both in HCL, recently published chapters in Africanist Librarianship in an Era of Change. Coelho wrote the chapter "Once, Present (and Always?) African Acquisitions Strategies," and Finnegan the chapter "The Africana Librarians Council and the Cooperative Africana Microform Project Since 1989." The book, edited by Victoria K. Evalds and David Henige, and published by Scarecrow Press, is a Festschrift in memory of Dan Britz, late bibliographer in the Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University. Both Coelho and Finnegan have served as chairs of the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association, and Coelho is currently vice chair of the Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP) of the Center for Research Libraries.

Lee Anne Hooley, coordinator of the JSTOR Dark Archive Project in HUL's Harvard Depository, participated as a panelist/presenter at the LAMA Library Storage Discussion Group on January 22 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The title of the presentation was "Creating JSTOR Archives" and included other presenters from JSTOR and from UCLA. Hooley's presentation described the organization, processes, problems, and successes of the archive project at the Depository.

Nancy Schrock, HCL chief collections conservator, attended the Nobel festivities in Stockholm in December with her husband, MIT Professor Richard R. Schrock, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005 for his work in metathesis. The week included receptions at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and the Nordic Museum, as well as the Nobel lectures at Stockholm University, and culminated in the Awards Ceremony and Nobel Banquet at Stockholm City Hall. Nancy Schrock also visited the conservation facilities at the Swedish National Archives, the Royal Library (the National Library of Sweden), Uppsala University Library, and the archives of the Nobel Foundation.

Pamela Spitzmueller, James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, published a paper in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Book and Paper Annual, Vol. 23 2004, entitled "In-Situ Repair of Parchment Text Blocks." This paper, along with three others, was prepared for a panel discussion, "Repairing the Original Sewing Structure on Bound Materials," held at the June 2004 AIC Annual Meeting.

Janet Steins, associate librarian for technical services and collections in Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, has published an article entitled "Anthropology Libraries" in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (first update supplement, 2005).

Paul Vermouth, Widener Library's English-language bibliographer for the social sciences, has been appointed the new editor of the WESS Newsletter. This publication, produced by the Western European Studies Section of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries, chronicles activities within WESS, and more generally in the worlds of both publishing and academic libraries. (Sebastian Hierl, librarian for Western Europe in Widener's Collection Development department, also regularly contributes to the newsletter with his "Europe in Bits and Bytes" column.) See http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wessweb for the Fall 2005 first fruits of this assignment.

Curator of Archives at the Harvard Art Museums Susan von Salis presented a paper on archival outreach at the meeting of New England Archivists in Burlington, Vermont, on October 15, 2005. On December 5, von Salis, along with Kim Brookes from the technology department at Simmons College, taught an EAD workshop at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger in Houghton Library, has published an article, "Thomas Jefferson and the Book Arts," in issue 48 of Printing History. Whitesell's paper, an expanded version of the keynote address he delivered at the annual conference of the American Printing History Association, is the first to explore the entire range of Jefferson's extensive involvement with the book arts as an author, publisher, collector, supporter of technological innovation, and government official responsible for public printing. Whitesell was also elected secretary of the Bibliographical Society of America at the Society's annual meeting, held in New York on January 27.

Ernest Zitser, Fung Library manager and Davis Center librarian, HCL/FAS, has published a review essay entitled "Post-Soviet Peter: New Histories of the Late Muscovite and Early Imperial Russian Court" in Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society, vol. VII, no. 2 (November/December 2005). This is a slightly shortened, but much more lavishly illustrated, version of the review essay originally published in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 6 (2005).

 

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