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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1335 January 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / January 2007 / No. 1335

Staff Activities

Gregory Finnegan, associate librarian for public services and head of reference in Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, published an article entitled "The Impact of Information Technology on Africana Scholarship and Library Collections in the United States" in Impact of Technology on Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Library Collections, edited by R. N. Sharma and published by The Scarecrow Press, Inc.

Joseph Garver, reference librarian in HCL's Harvard Map Collection, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. Garver spoke to the group about the cartographic history of coastal Massachusetts.

Susan Milstein, cataloger, and Bob Sennett, bibliographic assistant, both of HCL's Fine Arts Library, published an article on the Stephen Lee Taller Ben Shahn Archive, part of the Fine Arts Library's collections, in the October 2006 edition of the New England Archivists' Newsletter. The Archive is also featured in the cover illustration.

Leslie A. Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, was the featured speaker at the dinner held by the Emily Dickinson Museum to mark the successful completion of its first capital campaign. Her talk, "Emily Dickinson's Herbarium," encompassed both the original volume in Houghton's Dickinson Collection and the facsimile recently published by Harvard University Press.

Steffen Pierce, assistant curator of the Harvard Film Archive (HFA), Fine Arts Library, HCL, and his brother Christian presented their new film, Marrakech Inshallah, at the HFA on December 16. A brief Q&A followed the special screening. For more information, see http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2006winter/pierce.html.

Lynn Shirey, librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in HCL's Widener Library, attended the 24th Spanish International Book Fair (Liber) in Madrid from September 27 through 29, 2006. Shirey was invited to Madrid by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade and the Spanish Association of Publishers Guilds as part of the "America Reads Spanish" program. The three-day trade show offered the opportunity to meet with publishers, booksellers, and distributors of Spanish and Latin American books, government publications, serials, and DVDs. Shirey attended a number of panels and workshops and, along with her colleagues from other university libraries, was invited to meet with editors of important Spanish cultural reviews to discuss the advantages of digitizing their titles for the academic library market.

Jeff Spurr, Islamic and Middle East specialist, Fine Arts Library, HCL, presented versions of his paper "From Scholars to Missionaries: The Origins, History, and Organization of Photograph Collections Documenting the Middle East at Harvard's Fine Arts Library" at the Library of Congress in August; at the Middle East Librarians Association meeting on November 17; and to Club Medina, a student organization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, on November 30. Another article by Spurr, "Persia 1897–1899," about rug and textile culture and commerce in Iran in the late 19th century as documented by photographs taken and bought by a young British diplomat, was published in Hali, 148, September–October 2006.

Susan von Salis, curator of archives at the Harvard Art Museums, taught an all-day EAD (Encoded Archival Description) workshop for the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) Continuing Education program, along with Kim Brookes from the Simmons technology department, on December 3.

Jan Voogd, head of collection management in HCL's Social Sciences Program, contributed six articles to the Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, just published by the Greenwood Publishing Group, as part of the Greenwood Milestones in African American History series. The articles were related to research made possible in part by a Bryant Fellowship in 2004.


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