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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1334 November 2006

Harvard University Library Notes / November 2006 / No. 1334

Staff Activities

Amanda Bowen, head of Collection Management at the Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, and Irina Tarsis, research associate at the Harvard Business School, organized an exhibit of letters and books pertaining to Simeon J. Bolan, an important New York book dealer, and Sergei Chekhonin, the graphic artist who designed Bolan's personal ex libris.

Wendy Brown, special projects assistant at Littauer Library in HCL's Social Sciences Program, recently attended the Joint Conference for Librarians of Color, the first conference of its kind, which brought together five of the ALA Ethnic Caucuses: BCALA, Black Caucus; APALA, Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus; Native American Caucus; Chinese American Caucus; and REFORMA, serving Latino/as and Spanish speakers. The October conference was in Dallas, Texas.

Bonnie Burns, GIS coordinator in the Harvard Map Collection, Harvard College Library, presented "Expanding Access to Large Geospatial Repositories: Harvard's Center for Geographic Analysis" at the Environmental Systems Research Institute 2006 International User Conference. The conference was held in August in San Diego, California.

Robert Burton, project cataloger for photographs in the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University Library, has been named liaison to the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) for the Visual Materials Section of the Society of American Archivists. In this role, Burton will keep the section up to date on issues in conservation of visual materials; write a column for Views, the section newsletter; and post workshops, seminars, and news of note to the listserv. A roster of the section's liaisons can be found at http://www.lib.lsu.edu/SAA/leaders.html.

George Clark, environmental resources librarian in HCL's Social Sciences Program, reviewed the book The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley by Warren Hofstra for the Journal of Cultural Geography (Spring/Summer 2006 edition).

Oliver Cutshaw, binding librarian, Preservation and Imaging, Harvard College Library, published an article entitled "In Medias Res: How to Protect Media and Mixed Media in an Age of Transition" in Archival Products News (v. 13, no. 2). The article, which discusses practical solutions for housing media and mixed media acquisitions in circulating collections, is available online at http://www.archival.com/newsletters/index.html.

HCL's Joseph Garver, reference librarian in the Harvard Map Collection, published Surveying the Shore: Historic Maps of Coastal Massachusetts, 1600-1930 (Commonwealth Editions). The book demonstrates how 90 maps of coastal Massachusetts—full-color, historic, and spanning more than 300 years—reflect both the development of the state and the development of mapmaking.

Morris Levy, project music cataloger in Houghton Library, HCL, reviewed the book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick for Notes, the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association (September 2006 edition).

Susan Tournas, conservation technician at Countway Library, Harvard Medical School, and Elizabeth Walters, Simmons GSLIS independent study student at HUL's Weissman Preservation Center, have been selected to attend "Managing Preservation," a five-part workshop offered by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Tournas and Walters will acquire a firm grounding in both the technical knowledge and managerial strategies necessary for preserving library collections. Jane Hedberg, preservation program officer in the Weissman Preservation Center, is on the faculty for this program.

Susan von Salis presented a paper entitled "Archival Outreach in New England" at the fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), in Morristown, New Jersey, on October 28.

Hugh Wilburn, librarian of the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design, was a speaker at the August 2006 conference of the International Federation of Library Associations in Seoul, South Korea. Wilburn's paper, "Nepal Architecture Archive at Harvard University," examined the papers of the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust—a collection that will soon become part of the Special Collections department at Loeb Library—and the curatorial issues being considered as the library prepares for their arrival. The paper will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Art Libraries Journal.


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