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

Harvard University Library Notes / July 2007 / No. 1338

Staff Activities

Wendy M. Brown, special project assistant in the Social Sciences Program, Harvard College Library, recently won the American Library Association's Mary V. Gaver scholarship. The scholarship is based on academic excellence, leadership, and evidence of commitment to a career in youth services librarianship. Brown is currently pursuing her MSLIS at Simmons.

Harvard Law School Library reference librarians June Casey and Elizabeth Lambert recently accompanied Harvard Law School students to the Gulf Coast in Mississippi to volunteer with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and help students satisfy their pro bono service requirements. The group partnered with the Mississippi Center for Justice and spent one week working in and around Biloxi, where they helped develop, promote, and facilitate a grant application workshop for homeowners seeking to apply for hurricane relief money based on the historic significance of their homes.

George E. Clark, environmental resources librarian in HCL's Social Sciences Program, recently became the Internet columnist and a contributing editor for the monthly journal Environment. The column, "Bytes of Note," was begun and written for a decade by Tom Parris, Clark's predecessor in his position at HCL. Clark's first column, "Exploring Environmental Archives," appeared in the May 2007 issue.

David Cobb, curator of the Harvard Map Collection in HCL, gave the annual Ron Lucker Lecture at Middlebury College Library on April 26. His presentation, "Library Theft or Thievery: Cultural Heritage and Collection Security," was sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Special Collections, and the departments of geography and history at Middlebury.

Ann Cullen, curriculum services specialist in the Baker Library of the Harvard Business School, has been named the recipient of the SLA (Special Libraries Association) Business and Finance Division Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Librarianship.

Joseph Garver, reference librarian in the Harvard Map Collection, recently participated in this year's celebration of "Cape Cod Maritime Days," giving two presentations on the coastal cartography of Massachusetts at the Sturgis Library in Barnstable and the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis. He was also interviewed about his book Surveying the Shore for "Books and the World," a regular feature broadcast on Cape Cod's Channel 17.

Diane Geraci, HCL's librarian for the social sciences, Social Sciences Program, organized and chaired a session at the annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology in Montreal in May. The session was entitled "Strength in Numbers: Building Collaborative Services for Users."

Claudia Holguin, assistant archivist in the University Archives, Harvard University Library, was recently appointed a member of the ACRL Copyright Committee.

Joshua Jackson, barcoding project assistant in HUL's Office for Information Systems, received honorable mention for the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, awarded by the Progressive Librarians Guild, for his paper "Taking the Next Step: A Critical Encounter with Critical Information Literacy." The prize, named in honor of Miriam Braverman (1920–2002), an activist librarian and a longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, is awarded annually for the best essay written by a student of library and/or information science on an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship.

Cheryl LaGuardia, research librarian in HCL's Widener Library, is writing a blog for Library Journal, called "E-Views," which is available online at http://www.libraryjournal.com/blog/1100000310.html. The blog is a spinoff from LaGuardia's long-running LJ column "E-Views and Reviews." LaGuardia will continue to write featured "e-reviews" for the printed LJ while her blog will take advantage of the web's fluid, interactive, and immediate publishing capabilities.

Raymond Lum, Asian bibliographer in Widener and librarian for Western languages in HCL's Harvard–Yenching Library, was recently elected to a third term as chair of CORMOSEA, the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia, a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.

Lum also contributed a brief essay, "The Chinese of Southeast Asia: More Than an Ethnic Minority," to the current volume (9th edition) of the travel guide, Let's Go Southeast Asia. The essay "on any topic of your choice" was commissioned by the editors of the guide and has appeared in numerous editions. The Let's Go travel guides are compiled by students at Harvard and elsewhere and are printed and distributed by St. Martin's Press.

Katharine Martinez, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the Fine Arts Library, HCL, published her illustrated article "The Dickinsons of Amherst Collect: Pictures and Their Meanings in a Victorian Home" in the most recent issue of Common-place (http://www.common-place.org), an electronic journal on early American history sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the Florida State University Department of History. Last year her essay "At Home with Mona Lisa: Consumers and Commercial Visual Culture 1880–1920" was published in the book Seeing High & Low: Representing Social Conflict in American Visual Culture by the University of California Press.

Lynn Shirey, librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal at Widener Library, has published a chapter on "Latin American Collections" in Building Area Studies Collections, edited by Dan Hazen and James Henry Spohrer and published by Harrassowitz Verlag.

David Siegel, geospatial data and information software engineer in the Office for Information Systems, and Bonnie Burns, geographic information systems coordinator in the Social Sciences Program, co-authored "Expanding Access to Large Geospatial Repositories" for the April–June issue of ArcUser Online, a publication of the Environmental Research Systems Institute (ESRI).

In addition, Siegel gave a presentation on the Harvard Geospatial Library and issues surrounding access to large geospatial repositories to the Northeast Map Organization at its 21st annual meeting in New York.

Sharon Smith, visual materials cataloger for Islamic art, Fine Arts Library, presented a lecture on June 9 entitled "Islamic Architecture" at the Qutbi Masjid, a mosque in North Billerica. The event was co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and Anjuman-e-Ezzi (Boston), the Congregation of Dawoodi Bohras. Smith also presented "Teaching with Media Resources in Middle Eastern and Asian Studies" at the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) Symposium held April 27–29 at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and, the month before, was a presenter at the "Making a Difference Through Research" Conference at Binghamton University, SUNY, where she discussed "Commensurate Studies in Art History: An Approach in the Post-'Orientalism' Era." Finally, Smith co-authored "A Passage to India: Urban Change in Alexandria and Cairo in the 15th and 19th Centuries," along with Cristina Pallini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), for the 12th International Planning History Conference, Cross National Transfer of Planning Ideas and Local Identity, held last December in New Delhi, India.

Harvard University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff published a review of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records (Chicago: SAA, 2005) in vol. 70, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2007 of The American Archivist.

Jane Zhang, records analyst in the Harvard University Archives, delivered a paper, "Ontology and the Semantic Web," at the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)'s North America meeting held at the University of Toronto on June 14.

 

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