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  • October 2010
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  • No. 1356
Update: Bryant Fellowships Print

A generous gift from the late Charles Tanenbaum '34 established the fellowships in honor of the late Douglas W. Bryant, who joined the Harvard library staff in 1952, became university librarian in 1965, and served as director of the library system from 1972 to 1979.

Bryant Fellowships support independent research projects by Harvard's professional library staff. Fellowships typically range from $500 to $2,000.

"For a decade," observes HUL Deputy Director Helen Shenton, "the University Library has delegated full responsibility for review of Bryant applications to the Professional Development Committee of Librarians' Assembly. Their work over time has proven admirable and deeply valuable."

At the same time, Shenton describes professional development in no uncertain terms: "It's a strategic objective," she says. "As libraries—and librarianship—undergo successive levels of change, strategic investments in professional development must increase, and current opportunities must align themselves with changing realities."

As part of a strategic realignment, Shenton has announced modified guidelines and a new review process for the venerable Bryant program. Updated guidelines encourage applications "that reflect the changing roles of libraries and librarians" in addition to the Bryant's traditional support for projects "in bibliography, in historical aspects of librarianship, in production of reference and bibliographic works, and in other scholarly investigations, which may be outside the traditional field of librarianship."

Given the higher profile for professional development overall, Bryant fellowship applications will be reviewed by a newly constituted panel, chaired by Shenton, that includes PDC co-chairs Emilie Codega, information research specialist in Knowledge and Library Services/Harvard Business School, and Te-Yi Lee, cataloger in the Monroe C. Gutman Library/Harvard Graduate School of Education; as well as Rebecca A. Graham, associate librarian of Harvard College for preservation, digitization, and administrative services; and Lisa Toste, senior human resources consultant in the University Library.

Bryant Fellowship applications are due by Tuesday, February 15, 2011. For more information, visit the Bryant Fellowship Program web page. Peter KosewskiThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Harvard University Library