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Harvard University Library Notes / March 2006 / No. 1330
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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