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

Harvard University Library Notes / May 2006 / No. 1331

Staff Activities

Thomas Bruno, Phillips Reading Room supervisor, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, gave a lecture entitled "The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria" on Monday, March 27, at The Greek Institute in Cambridge.

Sarah Dickinson, head of reference and collection development in the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design, will have an article in the Spring 2006 issue of Art Documentation. The article, "From Avery to INSPEC: A Collaborative Approach to Instruction Across Disciplines," is a revision of a paper originally presented at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference in April 2005.

Ruth Hill, audio-visual coordinator at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library, was the keynote speaker, giving a talk entitled "The Light of Story" at Sharing the Fire, the annual conference of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. The event was held in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 1.

Kathryn Allamong Jacob, curator of manuscripts at the Schlesinger Library, gave a talk entitled "Memory, Monuments, and the National Archives" and led a walking tour, "Testaments to Union: Embodying the Civil War in Marble and Bronze," in Washington, DC, on April 19 at the second annual Records Fair at the National Archives. Both were on the efforts of partisan groups to shape and control the memory of the Civil War beyond the generation that fought in the Civil War.

Kuniko McVey, librarian for the Japanese Collection in HCL's Harvard-Yenching Library, has been elected member-at-large of the Council for East Asian Libraries (CEAL) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Ellen McGill, reference and East Asian electronic resources librarian at Harvard-Yenching, has been elected secretary of the same organization. Both McVey and McGill will serve as members of the CEAL Executive Board for a term of three years, beginning 2006.

Leah Orent, Littauer Hebraica Specialist in the Judaica Division, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, recently published an article entitled "Mystical Union in the Writings of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi" (in Hebrew) in the latest issue of Tarbiz: A Quarterly for Jewish Studies, published by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (73:4-2004).

Don Share, curator of HCL's Woodberry Poetry Room, gave a lecture to the English Faculty of Oxford University about the audio archive of the Woodberry Poetry Room on February 22 entitled "The Sound of Modern Poetry." He also gave a reading of his own poems at Balliol College, Oxford, on February 23. Both events were at the invitation of the Oxford Professor of Poetry, Christopher Ricks. While there, Share recorded a number of British poets to add to the Poetry Room collection.

At the spring meeting of the New England Archivists (NEA) at Boston College, University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff received the Distinguished Service Award, NEA's most prestigious honor, in recognition of her lifetime achievements. Sniffin-Marinoff joined NEA in 1982 and has served as the organization's president and as an active member of many committees. In nominating her, Brenda Lawson, associate librarian and curator of manuscripts at the Massachusetts Historical Society, wrote, "If one were to ask a room full of [NEA] members who they considered to be their mentor, I would venture to guess that at least half would answer Megan."

David Whitesell, rare book cataloger at Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, was invited to speak at the April meeting of the Washington (DC) Area Group for Print Culture Studies, held April 7 at the Library of Congress. Whitesell's illustrated presentation was entitled "Quixotic Typography: Composing Maps and Illustrations Using Special Letterpress Fonts."

Suzanne Wones, head of Access and Research Services in the John F. Kennedy School of Government Library, represented the ACRL New England Chapter at the ALA Legislative Days in Washington, DC this May. As part of the Massachusetts delegation, Wones visited the offices of Massachusetts state representatives and discussed issues of concern to academic libraries with our legislators.


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