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Staff of Note


Lynn M. Shirey

Lynn M. Shirey, librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal at Widener Library, recently published Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change in Latin America: Papers of the Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, June 16-19, 2012 (SALALM Secretariat, Tulane University, 2014).

The volume includes the text of a keynote address by Prof. Doris Sommer.
(June 2014)

Heather Cole

Heather Cole

Heather Cole, Houghton Library assistant curator of modern books and manuscripts and curator of the Theodore Roosevelt collection, was presented the Biblio Award for services to biographers provided by a librarian or archivist. The award was given May 17, 2014 during the Biographers International Organization's fifth annual Compleat Biographer Conference in Boston, MA.
(May 2014)

Heather Cole

Jonathan Rosenwasser

Jonathan Rosenwasser, library assistant in the Harvard Map Collection, was named as a 2014 Harvard Hero. The annual University-wide recognition program celebrates the extraordinary "above and beyond" contributions of Harvard staff, and Rosenwasser was part of the "1/2 of 1% of eligible staff" selected for this high distinction.

According to Rosenwasser's colleagues, he excels at meeting researchers' needs and recently took on a handful of large projects, including helping a team of scholars from Macau in their search for maps focused on their city. The researchers ordered hundreds of reproductions, and Rosenwasser managed the project with calmness and a smile. Colleagues also noted his depth of knowledge about the Collection, a service that is invaluable for its many and broad patron requests.

Rosenwasser will be honored at an awards ceremony in Memorial Hall in early June. (April 2014)

Jonathan Rosenwasser

John Overholt

Houghton Library's Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts John Overholt was selected for a panel discussion about digital content and social media. The panel, "Trending Now – Your Content in Today's Social, Sharable, Viral World," will take place June 12, 2014 at Harvard's Innovation Lab. Overholt started Houghton's first blog in 2005 and now manages the Houghton Library blog and Houghton's Twitter account and Tumblr blog, which was named a "New and Notable Blog of 2013." (April 2014)

John Overholt

Chris Masterson

Chris Masterson '14, student assistant in Maps, Media, Data and Government Information's Multimedia Lab in Lamont Library, was awarded as Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year by Harvard's Student Employment office.

Masterson, a VES concentrator and film student, is applauded for his IT, video editing and media production solutions. His manager, Paul Worster, notes his contributions to the lab's help desk and workflows, as well as his unequaled communication skills, reliability and initiative, saying "We are all better because of Chris."

Masterson will be honored at a celebration April 15 in Harvard College's Admissions Center. (March 2014)

Chris Masterson

Joseph Garver

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)

Joseph Garver

Jonathan Rosenwasser

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)

Jonathan Rosenwasser

William Stoneman

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)

Jonathan Rosenwasser

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