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John Overholt

Houghton Library's Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts John Overholt was selected for a panel discussion about digital content and social media. The panel, "Trending Now – Your Content in Today's Social, Sharable, Viral World," will take place June 12, 2014 at Harvard's Innovation Lab. Overholt started Houghton's first blog in 2005 and now manages the Houghton Library blog and Houghton's Twitter account and Tumblr blog, which was named a "New and Notable Blog of 2013." (April 2014)

John Overholt

Chris Masterson

Chris Masterson '14, student assistant in Maps, Media, Data and Government Information's Multimedia Lab in Lamont Library, was awarded as Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year by Harvard's Student Employment office.

Masterson, a VES concentrator and film student, is applauded for his IT, video editing and media production solutions. His manager, Paul Worster, notes his contributions to the lab's help desk and workflows, as well as his unequaled communication skills, reliability and initiative, saying "We are all better because of Chris."

Masterson will be honored at a celebration April 15 in Harvard College's Admissions Center. (March 2014)

Chris Masterson

Joseph Garver

Joseph Garver, librarian for research services and collection development at Harvard Map Collection, was invited to present at "Global mapping of Macao: An International Symposium" at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) in China in May 2014.

Garver, who studied Chinese history as a graduate student, created "Mapping Imperial China: A Cultural Exchange," to exhibit Harvard's collection of related materials. It was on display when librarians from MUST visited Harvard's campus for three weeks in the summer of 2013, and copies of exhibit materials helped scholars plan for the global mapping conference. Garver will travel with colleague, Jonathan Rosenwasser. Garver's talk is entitled "Early Images of China in Western Maps." (February 2014)

Joseph Garver

Jonathan Rosenwasser

Jonathan Rosenwasser, reference assistant at Harvard Map Collection, was invited to "Global mapping of Macao: An International Symposium" at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) in China.

Rosenwasser guided visiting librarians from MUST during their three week trip to Harvard in summer 2013. During that time, he helped the scholars identify over 300 maps from Harvard's collection that are being digitized for the global mapping conference.

Rosenwasser will travel with colleague, Joseph Garver, to the symposium in May 2014. (February 2014)

Jonathan Rosenwasser

William Stoneman

William Stoneman, Houghton Library Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, has been named Chair of the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Special Collections Committee. The Committee reports to the BPL’s Board of Trustees, and advises on matters regarding acquisitions, preservation and development. Stoneman, who has served on the Committee for two years, will help guide the Library as it seeks to increase exposure to its special collections and to expand its presence in Boston’s scholarly communities and diverse neighborhoods. (February 2014)

Jonathan Rosenwasser

Roberta Selleck, former librarian, dies at age 84

Roberta Selleck, former Harvard librarian, died January 3 at the age of 84. She earned her doctorate at Radcliffe College and taught at Earlham College in Indiana before joining the Harvard College Library in 1978 as Specialist in Book Selection.

Selleck was born in Washington, D.C. in July 1929. In her youth, she accompanied her parents to Finland to help rebuild areas damaged during the Second World War. During her travels, Selleck acquired extensive knowledge of the Finnish and Swedish languages. Her 1961 Ph.D. dissertation, The language issue in Finnish political discussion, 1809-1863, remains one of the few doctoral dissertations submitted to Harvard on the topic.

For several years after her graduation, Selleck taught political science at Earlham. She ultimately served as Widener Library’s bibliographer for Scandinavia and sub-Saharan Africa, her areas of expertise and interest, before retiring in 1996.

After leaving the University, Roberta continued contributing to scholarly endeavors as a U.S. abstractor of Finnish historical journals for Historical Abstracts. She was also a life-long member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study.

Selleck lived in Cambridge, MA. (January, 2013)

Widener Library

Hana Pyro

Slavic Librarian Hana Pyro recently presented her paper “Czech and Slovak Samizdat in Teaching and Research (Librarian’s Perspective)” at the 2013 convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, held in Boston. The presentation was part of the panel “Documenting Revolutions, 1905-1917-1968: Library Collections in the Emigration” and was based on Pyro’s research and experience assisting in Harvard College’s seminar, “Culture and Belief.” (December, 2013)

Sarah Adams

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