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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1340 November 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / November 2007 / No. 1340


Emilyn Brown Selected as Administrative Fellow for 2007–2008

Emilyn Brown

Administrative Fellow Emilyn Brown has a dual role in HCL's Loeb Music Library and in the University Archives.

As one of ten new fellows for the 2007–2008 University Administrative Fellowship Program (AFP), Emilyn Brown divides her time between HCL's Loeb Music Library and HUL's Harvard University Archives. Brown is an excellent fit for both of her Harvard assignments. She came to the Harvard AFP from the Library for Caribbean Research (LCR) at New York's Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM). As LCR's archivist and acting librarian, Brown had responsibility for managing all aspects of archival preservation for the institute's archival collections.

As an administrative fellow at Loeb Music, Brown, who reports to Sarah Adams, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, is working through a backlog of archival processing that includes everything from classical composers to jazz collections to the Isham special collections.

"We are extremely grateful for the specialized skill and sophisticated experience and accomplishment she brings to our enterprises for the year," said Virginia Danielson, Richard F. French Librarian of Loeb Music Library.

After spending Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday at Loeb Music, Brown begins her week again at the University Archives. There, reporting to Virginia Hunt, associate university archivist for collection development, and David Best, associate university archivist for records management services, she is working on a variety of projects to identify and define areas of Harvard's history that are under-documented.

According to University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, there is still much at Harvard to document. "The Archives holds remarkable materials, but we are always looking to broaden our holdings to document the full scope of University life. Emilyn's project is an important one to help us move forward."

For Brown, the timing of her arrival in AFP is fortuitous. The Library for Caribbean Research closed its doors at the end of August, and she had recently earned her MSLIS from the Pratt Institute in New York. Pursuing a library degree was a calculated move on her part, which she undertook knowing that LCR would close this year. Brown also holds a BA in anthropology and African American studies from City University of New York and an MA in history from Columbia University.

She learned of the Harvard AFP through the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). "The Administrative Fellowship Program offered experience in a library setting, which is what I was really looking for. And I wanted to be in a real team environment," said Brown.

Now in its 18th year, AFP works to attract candidates, especially those from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and those committed to addressing their underrepresentation in university administration, to administrative careers in higher education. The program selects professionals from both within Harvard and without. Those chosen benefit from a 12-month management experience in an academic environment complemented by a professional development program, all coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President (OAP).

AFP fellows also participate in an education program designed to enhance administrative and professional skills and to help clarify career objectives. The program includes regularly scheduled seminars, group workshops, and lectures given by senior administrators and faculty members at the University on various aspects of leadership development.

"Needless to say, I'm very happy to be here," said Brown. "I'm very excited about what I can bring, but also about what I'm learning. I am just really open to the whole experience, and have discovered that I very much like being part of an academic community. This is great preparation for the future, and I am thankful for the opportunity."

 

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