Librarian from Sri Lanka to Harvard
July 7, 2004 - Kirupa Sellathurai-Hoole, a technical librarian for the Open Library of Sri Lanka, is at Harvard for the year, accompanying her husband who is a visiting scholar in the Math Department. While here she decided she wanted to experience how libraries function at Harvard and in April she began working at Cabot Library sorting material from NEDL; in June she accepted the position of Hilles/Kummel Projects Technical Services Assistant.
Sellathurai-Hoole, who holds an MLS from the University of Sri Lanka as well as a Master’s degree in business technology systems, noted that although there are many similarities between the her home library and Harvard libraries, the greatest difference is in information technology and she hopes to take what she is learning at Harvard back to Sri Lanka.
"We have a limited number of e-resources, our circulation functions are much less flexible, and our course reserves listings are not yet online. Perhaps most importantly, we do not have organized support for our technology – often we have to solve problems ourselves," Sellathurai-Hoole said. "After working with ALEPH, other programs, and witnessing the level of technical support available here, I hope I will be able to initiate new systems and functions when I return."
While at HCL, Sellathurai-Hoole will maintain and create excel files for tracking the Hilles and Kummel collections, she will perform bibliographic searching in ALEPH, and update ALEPH records.
"After my experience here, I think I’ll be able to return with the confidence to initiate new technology," said Sellathurai-Hoole, who will remain at Harvard through December.
This story appears courtesy of the Harvard College Library Communications Office
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