Staff of Note
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 has been named the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. She had been serving in that role on an interim basis.
Sarah joined HCL and the Music Library in 1995 as Project Librarian for the Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicale (RISM), an international cooperative project to document musical sources. She was named Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library in 1999, as well as the Director of the U.S. Office of RISM.
She was appointed the Acting Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and Acting Curator of the Archive of World Music in 2011. As acting librarian, Sarah has been responsible for management of the library and its programs, in addition to continuing in her curatorial role.
She holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and in music from Bates College, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in musicology from Cornell University. Sarah is a member of the Music Library Association, the International Association of Music Libraries and Archives, and the American Musicological Society. (June, 2013)
Mary Clare Altenhofen
Mary Clare Altenhofen has been named the Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library. She had been serving in that role on an interim basis.
Mary Clare came to HCL in 1992 as the first Reference Librarian in the Fine Arts Library. She became the Public Services Librarian and Head of Reference in 1995, and was named Associate Librarian of the Fine Arts Library for Research and Public Services in 2007.
In 2010, she was appointed Acting Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library. As acting librarian, Mary Clare assumed responsibility for the leadership of the library, while retaining her research, teaching and learning responsibilities. She is also a member of the Art Libraries Society of North America.
Mary Clare holds a bachelor’s degree in design, studio art and art history and a master’s in history of art from the University of California, Davis, as well as a master’s in library science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chloe Garcia Roberts
Associate Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room Chloe Garcia Roberts’ translations of late Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin have recently been selected for publication by New Directions. The collection is forthcoming in 2014, as a part of New Directions’ Pamphlet Series. Garcia Roberts is also an editor at Zoland Poetry and her poems and translations have most recently appeared in Interim, Poetry International and Cerise Press. (February, 2013)
Head of Rare Book Team in Technical Services at Houghton Library, has recently published a book on 19th century Philadelphia printer Lydia Bailey. The book, “Lydia Bailey: A Checklist of Her Imprints,” consists of a historical essay detailing Bailey’s life and analyzing her role in the contemporary book trade, followed by a checklist of her more than 800 known imprints. In addition, appendixes offer further statistical information on the activities of her shop. Together, these provide rich material for other historians of the book, as well as for historians of the early Republic, gender, and technology. Karen’s in-depth work sheds new light on our understanding of the hand press period in America. (February, 2013)
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