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

Harvard University Library Notes / September 2006 / No. 1333

Staff Activities

Kathryn Hammond Baker, manager of special collections, and Elizabeth Copenhagen, assistant records manager, both of the Countway Library's Center for the History of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, were awarded a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Electronic Records Research Fellowship for "Metadata Models for Scientific Research Data" for 2006-2007. Baker also taught a spring semester course, "Managing Records in Electronic Environments," completing her seventh year of teaching at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. In addition, she presented a poster, "First Things First: The Role of Records Management in Archival Programs" at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. At the same meeting, Lucretia McClure, special assistant to the director at Countway, gave a paper entitled "The Sherrington School."

At the recent annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, Kate Bowers, collections services archivist in the Harvard University Archives, Harvard University Library, presented a paper entitled "Sustainable Finding Aids in the Age of Google." Jane Zhang, records analyst, presented a paper entitled "The Harvard University Faculty File Plan Project" at the same meeting.

Whitley Frost, GIS technician in the Harvard College Library's Harvard Map Collection, presented "Historic Maps in a Digitized World: Digitized Map Projects at the Harvard Map Collection" at the annual conference of the North East Map Organization. The conference was held in June at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Michelle Gachette, reference assistant in the Harvard University Archives, attended the 2006 Georgia Archives Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

Heather Hamilton, conservation intern at HUL's Weissman Preservation Center, completed her internship on August 31 and will receive an MA and certificate of advanced study in art conservation from Buffalo State College in September. She will remain at the Weissman as a conservator for special collections, focusing on the treatment of manuscript materials in the Harvard College Library collections, including consolidation of pigments in medieval works.

David Osterbur, access and public services librarian of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, coauthored two papers published in the July issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association: "Carving a Niche: Establishing Bioinformatics Collaborations" (with coauthors J. A. Lyon, M. R. Tennant, and K. R. Messner) and "Vignettes: Diverse Library Staff Offering Diverse Bioinformatics Services" (with coauthors K. Alpi, C. Canevari, P. M. Corley, M. Devare, N. Gaedeke, D. K. Jacobs, P. Kirlew, J. A. Ohles, K. T. Vaughan, L. Wang, Y. Wu, and R. C. Geer). Both articles are freely available from PubMed Central.

Don Share, curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room in HCL, has been named editor of Literary Imagination, the journal of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, which, when Share takes on this role in January, will be published by Oxford University Press. Also in January, Share's new book of poems will be published by poet John Kinsella's Salt Publishing, and within the next two years Faber and Faber will publish Share's doctoral dissertation on the poet Basil Bunting. Finally, Share has been invited again to Oxford to give a lecture next June in the Wolfson College Creative Arts Fellows' lecture series.

Harvard University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff was elected to a second term on the Steering Committee of the Section on University and Research Institution Archives of the International Council on Archives.

Linda Takata, technical services manager for Asian materials, and Miao-lin Hsu, rubbings cataloger, both at HCL's Fine Arts Library, presented "A Helping Hand on the Web for Chinese Calligraphy Education: Publicizing Chinese Rubbings—Early Calligraphy Online" at the 5th International Conference on East Asian Calligraphy Education. The conference was held in July at the Yasuda Women's University in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sarah Tudesco, manager for HCL collection logistics in the Access Services department of HCL's Widener Library, gave a presentation on Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) at a recent ACRL New England Information Technology Interest Group meeting. The meeting was held in June at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

Susan von Salis, curator of the Harvard University Art Museums Archives, presented a paper, "Archives in the Museum," at the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists in Washington, DC, August 2 though 5. Her review article on Elizabeth Dow's Creating EAD-Compatible Finding Guides on Paper appeared in the Spring/Summer 2006 issue (vol. 16, no. 1) of The American Archivist. She also co-taught, with Melanie Wisner, manuscript cataloger in HCL's Houghton Library, a day-long workshop in Encoded Archival Description at NELINET on June 9.

Jan Voogd, head of collection management for HCL's Social Sciences Program, gave a presentation at the 15th Annual World History Association Conference, held in June in Long Beach, California. Her presentation was titled "From Algeria to California to Zambia: Finding World History in Labor Union Periodicals."

 

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