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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1337 May 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / May 2007 / No. 1337

Staff Activities

Barbara Burg, research librarian in Widener Library, and Susan Gilroy, head of Reference Services in Lamont Library, both in the Harvard College Library, worked with the Expository Writing Program to help create the recently issued Writing with Internet Sources, designed to help students with their writing and research. The 48-page guide for Harvard students is available both in print and online in PDF format and provides guidance on how to locate, evaluate, use, and cite electronic sources responsibly.

Bonnie Burns, GIS coordinator for the Harvard Map Collection in HCL, was a featured speaker recently for the New England Landscape Design and History Association (NELDHA). Her talk was entitled "Old Maps, New Media" and introduced members to the many ways in which historic maps can be used within geographic information systems.

David Cobb, curator of the Harvard Map Collection, contributed the article "Two Maps in One: A Correct Map of the United States with the West Indies by Samuel Lewis, 1813" to Mappae Antiquae's Liber Amicorum Gunter Schilder (Hes & De Graaf). He also recently published "Crossroads—Bridging the Digital Divide" in the Geo-Information Netherlands publication series (No. 3).

Joseph Garver, reference librarian in the Harvard Map Collection, recently gave a lecture on Massachusetts maps and mapmakers at Boston's Old South Meeting House in the "Ship to Shore: Massachusetts's Maritime History" series, which is sponsored by Old South Meeting House and Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. Garver's talk will be broadcast online later this spring on the WGBH Forum Network.

Ravi Mynampaty, software engineer at Harvard Business School's Baker Library, gave a presentation on "Implementing Enterprise Search at HBS" on January 23 at the Enterprise Information Management conference in San Francisco.

Robert Rogers, circulation desk supervisor in Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, was honored during the fifth annual "Alumni of Color Conference" Banquet earlier this month. Rogers was presented with a plaque commemorating his many years of service to students of color. Speakers related stories of his commitment and assistance to generations of HGSE students. In his acceptance speech, Rogers spoke of the joy he experienced in working with students and his continued efforts to support them in his work in the library.

Lynn Shirey, librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, Widener Library, presented a paper entitled "Cuba in US Academic Libraries: Digital Initiatives" at the annual meeting this month of the Cuban Library Association (ASCUBI) in Havana. She gave an overview of important Cuban collections in US libraries and described collections of Cuban historical materials that are being digitized and made freely available to researchers. HCL's Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection (see http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.eresource:latampdc) was of great interest to the audience.

Sue Sypko, research assistant for the Davis Center Collection in HCL's Fung Library, reviewed Islam After Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia, by Adeeb Khalid, for the Far Eastern Economic Review 170:2 (March 2007).

David Warrington, head of Special Collections in the Harvard Law School Library, was a speaker at the recent conference "Alger Hiss and History" held at New York University and co-sponsored by the Law Library and the Tamiment Library, a special collection at NYU documenting the history of labor and the left. The Harvard Law School Library is the principal repository of the papers of Alger Hiss, LLB '29, and has recently acquired several other collections relating to the Hiss case and the Cold War.


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