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Harvard Archivists and Librarians Present at Society of American Archivists Meeting

Seven Library staff members presented at the Society of American Archivists annual meeting.


The Library made an impressive showing at the 2013 Society of American Archivists annual meeting, with seven staff members presenting papers and chairing sessions:

  • Kate Bowers, collections services archivist for metadata, systems and standards, and Skip Kendall, senior electronic records analyst/archivist, both of the Harvard University Archives, spoke about the technical, legal and political challenges of documenting the Occupy Harvard movement during the session “Occupy Archives.”
  • Emily R. Novak Gustainis, head of collection services at Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, presented a paper on implementing and evaluating multilevel processing at the session “There is No Going Back, Only Forward: Value-Added Processing in the Age of MPLP.”
  • Laura Peimer, manuscript cataloger/processor at Schlesinger Library, was chair of the session “Part of the Process: The When, Why and How of Routine Digitization,” a discussion of when and how repositories are beginning to incorporate digital image capture into a routine part of their work. At the same session, Mary O. Murphy, library manager at Schlesinger Library, discussed her and her colleagues’ work on the Experimental Archives Project, which is exploring ideas such as “direct-to-digital processing” without physical arrangement, and digitizing sections of collections during processing.
  • Susan Pyzynski, co-acting librarian for Houghton Library, presented at the SAA Research Forum on a project she and Emilie Hardman, Houghton metadata and reference assistant, are working on called “On Aesthetics, Zacatecas and Everything In Between: Utilizing Subject Headings from Special Collections Circulation Data to Assess and Inform.” 
  • Melanie Wisner, accessioning archivist at Houghton, presented at the session “It's a Con(text) Job: Contrasting EAC-CPF Projects,” discussing the Beinecke Library–Houghton Library collaborative project to use the new archival metadata standard (Encoded Archival Description—Corporate Bodies, Person and Families) to describe Samuel Johnson and his circle.

The 2013 Society of American Archivists annual meeting was held August 11 through 18 in New Orleans.