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Thirteenth Annual Ishimoto Award Goes to Diane Cox and Ray Lum

Associate Librarians, Susan Lee, Jeff Horrell, Lynda Leahy, along with Barbara Halporn, Head of the Widener Collection Development Department, and James Cheng, Librarian for Harvard-Yenching, present Ray Lum with the Ishimoto Award.
December 19, 2003 – Diane Cox, Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Manager, Human Resource Services, and Raymond Lum, Asian Bibliographer for Widener and Librarian for the Western Languages Collection at Harvard-Yenching Library, are the co-recipients of the thirteenth annual Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library.

An endowment, established in 1991 by Carol Ishimoto, former Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Cataloging and Processing, annually provides a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of a high order. It recognizes a member of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of the College Library through exceptional contributions and leadership.

"Diane’s willingness and determination to implement the PeopleSoft HR and Payroll system, Ray’s persistence and enthusiasm in acquiring materials for the collections exemplify the qualities of exceptional professional achievement envisioned by Carol Ishimoto when she established the award. Although they work in very different parts of HCL, both Diane and Ray define the scope of their jobs broadly and creatively, and neither hesitates to take on a challenge. The College Library is the grateful beneficiary of their extraordinary efforts," said Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

During the last year Diane led the HCL implementation of the University’s PeopleSoft HR and Payroll system. In addition to her normal workload, Diane dealt with the frustrations of the large project and dedicated herself to becoming an expert on the new system. She participated in PeopleSoft development and training for HCL employees, provided guidance to her HR and library colleagues, and helped staff correct or avoid mistakes.

Diane Cox realizes she is the recipient of the thirteenth annual Ishimoto Award.
"Diane is known across HCL for her positive ‘can-do’ attitude, her persistence in the pursuit of excellence, her concern for people, and her ability to get things done. She displays outstanding customer service to employees and is always available to help someone who comes in the door. Her knowledge and diligence are equal to her lightheartedness and friendly demeanor, making her a joy to work with," said Shari Fassett, Director of Human Resource Services for HCL.

Ray has been with the Harvard College Library for more than 25 years and currently holds positions in both Widener Collections Development and Harvard-Yenching Library. Instrumental in this year’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of Harvard-Yenching Library, he contributed two chapters to the exhibition catalogue entitled Treasures of the Yenching, collaborated with the Peabody Museam as curator of the exhibition Portraits from China 1923-1946, and mounted a third exhibition of East Asian ephemeral materials in Pusey Library. In addition, Ray was project manager for the Library’s very first LDI project to digitize 5,000 photographs from the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, collection and is currently project manager for the LDI project that will digitize 1,000 photographs from the Pickens Collection on Chinese Muslim life.

Ray’s collection building activities are both arduous and exotic, taking him to countries across the world, to small, out-of-the-way shops where he gathers books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and maps only available in those locations. He has traveled by rickshaw, eaten lunch in the middle of remote rice paddies, and lugged books from one country to another in search of an international post office that could ship them to the US, all to ensure that materials will be preserved and available to scholars.

"Ray builds collections both in Widener and Harvard-Yenching; he works with students, faculty, and international researchers to help them discover and exploit the depth of the collections; he teaches; he develops projects to enhance the collection; he is an exemplary librarian in all aspects," said Barbara Halporn, Head of the Widener Collection Development Department.

Past Ishimoto award recipients include:

Mary Beth Clack (1990-1991)
Dennis Marnon (1991-1992)
Ellen Cohen (1992-1993)
Violet Gilboa (1993-1994)
Gillian Bartoo, Ann-Marie Breaux,
and Mary Beth Kendrick (1994-1995)
Elizabeth Vernon (1995-1996)
William Hays (1996-1997)
Thomas Parris (1997-1998)
Ron Tesler (1998-1999)
Paul Bellenoit (1999-2000)
Lynda Kresge and Jane Ouderkirk (2000-2001)
Heather McMullen (2001-2002)

 


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Thirteenth Annual Ishimoto Award Goes to Diane Cox and Ray Lum

Associate Librarians, Susan Lee, Jeff Horrell, Lynda Leahy, along with Barbara Halporn, Head of the Widener Collection Development Department, and James Cheng, Librarian for Harvard-Yenching, present Ray Lum with the Ishimoto Award.
December 19, 2003 – Diane Cox, Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Manager, Human Resource Services, and Raymond Lum, Asian Bibliographer for Widener and Librarian for the Western Languages Collection at Harvard-Yenching Library, are the co-recipients of the thirteenth annual Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library.

An endowment, established in 1991 by Carol Ishimoto, former Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Cataloging and Processing, annually provides a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of a high order. It recognizes a member of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of the College Library through exceptional contributions and leadership.

“Diane’s willingness and determination to implement the PeopleSoft HR and Payroll system, Ray’s persistence and enthusiasm in acquiring materials for the collections exemplify the qualities of exceptional professional achievement envisioned by Carol Ishimoto when she established the award. Although they work in very different parts of HCL, both Diane and Ray define the scope of their jobs broadly and creatively, and neither hesitates to take on a challenge. The College Library is the grateful beneficiary of their extraordinary efforts,” said Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

During the last year Diane led the HCL implementation of the University’s PeopleSoft HR and Payroll system. In addition to her normal workload, Diane dealt with the frustrations of the large project and dedicated herself to becoming an expert on the new system. She participated in PeopleSoft development and training for HCL employees, provided guidance to her HR and library colleagues, and helped staff correct or avoid mistakes.

Diane Cox realizes she is the recipient of the thirteenth annual Ishimoto Award.
“Diane is known across HCL for her positive ‘can-do’ attitude, her persistence in the pursuit of excellence, her concern for people, and her ability to get things done. She displays outstanding customer service to employees and is always available to help someone who comes in the door. Her knowledge and diligence are equal to her lightheartedness and friendly demeanor, making her a joy to work with,” said Shari Fassett, Director of Human Resource Services for HCL.

Ray has been with the Harvard College Library for more than 25 years and currently holds positions in both Widener Collections Development and Harvard-Yenching Library. Instrumental in this year’s 75th Anniversary Celebration of Harvard-Yenching Library, he contributed two chapters to the exhibition catalogue entitled Treasures of the Yenching, collaborated with the Peabody Museam as curator of the exhibition Portraits from China 1923-1946, and mounted a third exhibition of East Asian ephemeral materials in Pusey Library. In addition, Ray was project manager for the Library’s very first LDI project to digitize 5,000 photographs from the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, collection and is currently project manager for the LDI project that will digitize 1,000 photographs from the Pickens Collection on Chinese Muslim life.

Ray’s collection building activities are both arduous and exotic, taking him to countries across the world, to small, out-of-the-way shops where he gathers books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and maps only available in those locations. He has traveled by rickshaw, eaten lunch in the middle of remote rice paddies, and lugged books from one country to another in search of an international post office that could ship them to the US, all to ensure that materials will be preserved and available to scholars.

“Ray builds collections both in Widener and Harvard-Yenching; he works with students, faculty, and international researchers to help them discover and exploit the depth of the collections; he teaches; he develops projects to enhance the collection; he is an exemplary librarian in all aspects,” said Barbara Halporn, Head of the Widener Collection Development Department.

Past Ishimoto award recipients include:

Mary Beth Clack (1990-1991)
Dennis Marnon (1991-1992)
Ellen Cohen (1992-1993)
Violet Gilboa (1993-1994)
Gillian Bartoo, Ann-Marie Breaux,
and Mary Beth Kendrick (1994-1995)
Elizabeth Vernon (1995-1996)
William Hays (1996-1997)
Thomas Parris (1997-1998)
Ron Tesler (1998-1999)
Paul Bellenoit (1999-2000)
Lynda Kresge and Jane Ouderkirk (2000-2001)
Heather McMullen (2001-2002)

 


This story appears courtesy of the Harvard College Library Communications Office
http://hcl.harvard.edu/news/
Copyright © 2004 President and Fellows of Harvard College