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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1336 March 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / March 2007 / No. 1336

Staff Activities

Jody Beenk, book conservation technician for special collections in the Harvard College Library, and Debra Cuoco, paper conservator for special collections in the Harvard College Library, both of the Weissman Preservation Center, were recently awarded professional associate status in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). AIC is "the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, [and it] plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public," according to the organization's web site. Professional associate status is dependent on a portfolio review of conservation treatments and related activities by three professional associate members from within and outside the applicant's workplace. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of formal education or supervised training in conservation, a minimum of three years of full-time employment in conservation, and the ability to adhere to AIC's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.

Christine Oliveira DeChaves, library assistant in the Spanish/Portuguese Division of Harvard College Library Technical Services, has been selected for a three-month internship at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome. From February through April, DeChaves will be helping this international agency of cultural preservation preserve its own record of achievements in its archives. This will involve description, documentation, and digitization of vital records, in particular a slide collection depicting progressive deterioration of museum objects and cultural property. As one of only four interns selected annually from an applicant pool, DeChaves will gain valuable professional experience and development in her chosen area of concentration, archives. DeChaves completed an MSLIS at Simmons in May 2006.

Brad Schaffner, head of the Slavic Division in HCL's Widener Library, recently co-edited Books, Bibliographies and Pugs: A Festschrift to Honor Murlin Croucher, along with Gregory C. Ference. Schaffner also wrote the chapter "V. F. Odoevskii and I. V. Got'e: Scholar-Librarians in Service to the State." The book was published in the series Indiana Slavic Studies (Issue 16, 2006). Schaffner also presented a paper entitled "A Public/Private Partnership for Digitization: The Russian Archives Database Project" at the conference Sofia 2006: Globalization, Digitization, Access and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 8-10, 2006.

Don Share, curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room in the Harvard College Library, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poems published in 2006, including "Food for Thought," published in Ploughshares; "On Original Intent," published in Fulcrum; and "At Home," published in Pleiades. The nomination was made by Rosanna Warren, contributing editor for Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses, to be published by W. W. Norton. Published every year since 1976, the Pushcart Prize series has been named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly.

Christina Thompson, editor of Harvard Review (Houghton Library, HCL), published an essay called "Smoked Heads" in the Winter 2006 issue of the literary journal Salmagundi. The essay was selected for Best Australian Essays 2006, edited by Drusilla Modjeska and published in Melbourne by Black Inc. Books.


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