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Winners Announced for Visiting Committee Book Collecting Prize

May 14, 2002 -- Harvard Senior David M. Orenstein, '02, has been awarded first prize in this year's Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting, sponsored by the Members of the Board of Overseer's Committee to Visit the Harvard University Library, for his untitled essay and bibliography on China, which focuses on materials related to Shanghai.  The jury awarded Jura Pintar, '05, second prize for his essay and bibliography Praxis Philosophy and Book Collecting Practi(s)e: From Marxians to Martians? and Susan Long, '02, was awarded third prize for an untitled essay and bibliography on family-owned books.

"These three outstanding Harvard undergraduate students present book collections that evolve from their unique interests and sensibilities. Yet, when I read through each accompanying essay I was struck with certain similarities. Despite each one pursuing very different topics and using different collecting techniques; David, Jura, and Susan all professed that encouragement from a mentor or family member lead them to begin collecting. I hope that this award will encourage them to value, collect, and be enthralled by books -- just as their enthusiasm for books and collecting reaffirms the library and its mission," said Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, congratulates Visiting Committee Book Collecting prize winners, Susan Long, Jura Pintar, and David M. Orenstein.

Students were asked to submit an annotated bibliography and an essay that spoke to issues such as early collecting efforts, influence of mentors, the experience of searching for items--or finding them serendipitously--organization and care of items, and future direction of the collection. Thirteen students declared their intention to enter the competition and seven handed in their work for consideration. The jury consisted of Heather Cole, librarian of Hilles and Lamont Libraries, Sarah Phillips, reference librarian and coordinator of information desk services in Widener Library, and Helene Williams, English-language bibliographer for the humanities in the Widener Library.

The Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting was established in the spring of 1977 to recognize and encourage book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. Cole, who has coordinated the competition since its inception, annually selects a new jury from among Harvard College Library staff with noted bibliographic expertise.



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