Bonnie Burns Receives Fifteenth Annual Ishimoto Award

Diane Garner, Librarian for the Social Sciences; Marilyn Wood, Associate Librarian for Collection Management; Dan Hazen, Associate Librarian for Collection Development; Bonnie Burns, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator in the Harvard Map Collection and recipient of the 2005 Ishimoto Award; David Cobb, Head of the Map Collection; and Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

November 30, 2005 - Bonnie Burns, Geographic Information Systems Coordinator in the Harvard Map Collection, is the recipient of the fifteenth annual Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library.

This 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.

Burns was chosen as this year’s honoree in recognition of her role in helping to develop the Map Collection’s geospatial resources—particularly the Harvard Geospatial Library (HGL)—and helping to create easier access to a vast amount of geospatial data. She has managed HGL through several software, equipment, and technical upgrades, all the while maintaining HGL availability.

"Bonnie has been instrumental in helping the Harvard Map Collection to move its services beyond traditional library boundaries," said David Cobb, Head of the Map Collection. "As libraries increase their dependence on digital resources, it is imperative that they develop digital services. Bonnie has committed considerable time and energy to developing the Harvard Geospatial Library that now offers hundreds of geospatial datasets 24/7."

As GIS Coordinator, she has also developed relationships with technical groups, scholars, and administrators across Harvard. Burns is currently managing an LDI Project designed to extend GIS knowledge beyond the Map Collection and further enhance access to GIS data in HGL.

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