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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1338 July 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / July 2007 / No. 1338

New Appointments

Danielle Adams
Technical Services Librarian (May)
Lamont Unit of CSS
HCL Technical Services
Harvard College Library

Danielle Adams has been working in the Lamont Library since 2005, initially as a cataloger, and more recently as Lamont's acting head of Technical Services. Prior to coming to HCL, she worked as cataloger/depository coordinator in the Countway Medical Library. She holds a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Chris Carden
Cataloger (May)
Fine Arts Library
Harvard College Library

Until recently, Chris Carden worked as a project cataloger in the Fine Arts Library, managing the processing of materials being transferred to the Harvard Depository. Prior to coming to Harvard, he served as the director of library and special collections at the Bostonian Society. He holds a BA in English from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and an MSLIS from Simmons.


James Conahan
Library Assistant (May)
HD Transfer Division
Access Services
Widener Library
Harvard College Library

James Conahan worked recently at the Gordon McKay Library at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he cataloged, packed, and barcoded volumes to be sent to the Harvard Depository. He has a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in film and video production from Emerson College.


Liz Copenhagen
Information Life Cycle Manager (December)
Knowledge and Information Assets
Baker Library
Harvard Business School

Liz Copenhagen served as assistant records manager at the Countway Library of Medicine for the past five years. Previously, she worked at the Boston Architectural Center as an archives consultant and copy cataloger, as the records manager/assistant archivist at Simmons, and as a publications processor and reference assistant at the Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT. She has an MSLIS from Simmons, a master of theological studies degree from Harvard, and a BA in religious studies from Rhodes College in Memphis.


Vernica Downey
Cataloger/Database Management Librarian (May)
Houghton Library
Harvard College Library

For the past four years, Vernica Downey served as a curatorial assistant at the Harvard Law School Library, where she edited bibliographic and holdings records and performed original and complex copy cataloging of rare books and bound manuscripts. Previously, she worked as a library assistant in HCL's Harvard–Yenching Library. She has a BA in international studies from the University of South Carolina and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Shana Drake
Library Assistant (May)
Fine Arts Library
Harvard College Library

Shana Drake previously worked as LDI project cataloger at the Harvard Divinity School's Andover–Harvard Theological Library, where she analyzed, researched, and cataloged digital images. She has also served as a records management intern at the Baker Library at Harvard Business School. She has an AB from Harvard, an MA in classical archaeology from University College London, and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Dan Gregson
Computer Support Specialist (May)
Information Technology Services
Harvard College Library

Until recently, Dan Gregson worked as a senior desktop support specialist for Harvard's University Information Systems, where his systems administration assignments included monitoring virus definitions, managing security patches, and resolving desktop hardware and software issues. He holds a BS in computer information systems from Southwest Missouri State University.


Wesley Harrell
System Administrator (June)
Office for Information Systems
Harvard University Library

Wesley Harrell has worked since 2004 as a systems and research computing administrator at Boston University's Office of Information Technology. Prior to that he worked in systems, GIS, and database administration at the GeoPlan Center, a GIS and remote sensing research lab at the University of Florida. He holds a BA in international relations and economics and a master of urban and regional planning, both from the University of Florida, and is a RedHat Certified Engineer.


Sarah Kasten
CONSER Assistant (June)
Office for Information Systems
Harvard University Library

Since November, Sarah Kasten has been working as a technical services assistant in HCL Technical Services. She is also employed at the Wheelock College Library as a reference assistant and a circulation assistant. She has a BA in environmental studies from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and is working towards her MSLIS at Simmons.


Andrew Leonard
Conservation Technician for Reformatting (June)
Preservation and Imaging Services
Harvard College Library

Andrew Leonard has been working as an LHT conservation assistant since October. In that role, he constructed protective enclosures for materials and performed preliminary conservation on materials to be commercially rebound. He also works part-time as a print department assistant at the Boston Public Library. He holds a BFA in printmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art.


Bruno Leung
Library Assistant (May)
Houghton Library
Harvard College Library

Bruno Leung has been working as a technical services assistant in Houghton for the past two years. In that position, he corrected and edited bibliographic records and processed labels and tabs for rare books and manuscripts. He previously spent nine years as a library assistant at Lamont Library. He holds a BS in earth and planetary sciences from MIT.


Natasha Llorens
Library Assistant (May)
Fine Arts Library
Harvard College Library

Natasha Llorens has been working as an image processing assistant in the Fine Arts Library for the past five months. She also worked as a library assistant at the Alumni Library of Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where she earned a BA in art history.


James ("Darin") Murphy
Library Assistant (May)
Fine Arts Library
Harvard College Library

Darin Murphy previously worked as a cataloger in Historical Collections at the Harvard Business School's Baker Library. In that position, he cataloged a variety of objects and images, including paper currency, posters, early photographs, and prints. He also interned at the Massachusetts College of Art Library and the Museum of Fine Arts Library. He holds a BA in studio art and sociology from Fort Lewis College in Colorado and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Leah Nickel
Financial Associate (May)
Financial Services
Harvard College Library

Leah Nickel has been working in Financial Services since 2003, performing a number of financial functions including processing and paying invoices, assisting with P-card reconciliations, and performing payment research. She also previously worked in Widener Access Services. She holds a BA in history from the University of Michigan and is currently working on her MSLIS at Simmons.


John Overholt
Assistant Curator of the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson and of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts (May)
Houghton Library
Harvard College Library

John Overholt has been working as the Hyde Project rare book cataloger in Houghton since 2004. In that role, he created full-level rare book catalog records for the printed book portion of the Hyde Collection. Before coming to Harvard, he worked as a rare book cataloger at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSLIS from the University of Texas at Austin.


Lydia Peterson
Content Manager (December)
Knowledge and Information Assets
Baker Library
Harvard Business School

Lydia Peterson came to Baker Library from McKinsey & Co., where she was the content and technology team leader in the company's North American Knowledge Center. She started her tenure at McKinsey as a business information specialist. Prior to that, she worked as an information management specialist at Elan Pharmaceuticals, as a contract librarian in the Park Archives and Records Center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and as a reference librarian at Duke University. She has an MSLS and an AB in American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Donna Popky
Library Assistant (October)
Knowledge and Information Assets
Baker Library
Harvard Business School

Donna Popky came to Baker from the Harvard College Library, where she had been a technical services library assistant in the Spanish and Portuguese Division for about two years. Prior to that she was a doctoral student in linguistics at Harvard. She has an MSLIS from Simmons as well as an MA in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, an MFA in stage design from the University of Washington, and a BA in theatre and anthropology from Smith College. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Homeric Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and various Native American languages.


Steven Riel
Head of HCL/FAS Cataloging Support Services (May)
HCL Technical Services
Harvard College Library

Steven Riel has held several positions at Harvard, including three years as a cataloger in HCL in the late 1980s. More recently, he served as preservation cataloger and projects manager in the Harvard University Library's Weissman Preservation Center, where he provided centralized cataloging services to various units. He holds a BA in English from Georgetown University and an MSLIS from Simmons, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.


Albertina Rua
Library Assistant (June)
Spanish/Portuguese Division
HCL Technical Services
Harvard College Library

Albertina Rua has been working in the Spanish/Portuguese Division for nearly six years. During that time she searched and created bibliographic records for acquisition materials, as well as creating payment records and resolving any corresponding problems with vendors. She has also served as an intern at Harvard's Peabody Museum. She earned a BA in history and Spanish and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Elaine Shiner
Rare Book Cataloger (May)
Houghton Library
Harvard College Library

Until recently, Elaine Shiner served as head cataloger at UCLA's William Andrew Clark Memorial Library. She has held cataloging positions at Brown University Library and Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in comparative literature from Beloit College in Wisconsin and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Matt Smith
Library Assistant (May)
Fine Arts Library
Harvard College Library

Matt Smith has spent the last three years as a staff assistant in HCL's Harvard–Yenching Library. He is also a freelance illustrator, providing illustrations for a variety of publications. He holds a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.


 

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