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Seven Library Staff Members Honored as Harvard Heroes

Recipients attended awards ceremony with President Drew Faust on June 13.


June 18, 2013—The Harvard Library is proud to congratulate seven Library staff members who were named a 2013 Harvard Hero. The Harvard Heroes Program recognizes and celebrates high-performing staff from across the University, and only a small number of Harvard's more than 12,000 staff members were selected. The Library awardees are:

Cynthia Churchwell, Manager, Contemporary Collections, Knowledge and Library Services, HBS

From her nomination: “Cynthia has played an integral role in the integration of new Harvard Library Shared Services staff into the Curriculum & Learning Services department at Baker Library. Due to the recent reorganization of the Harvard Library system, staff from other Harvard libraries were reassigned to Baker and Cynthia has led the training and development of the new staff—she is always there to help them understand Baker systems, processes and workflows.”

Mary Jane Cuneo, Serials Cataloger, Information and Technical Services

From her nomination: “Last fall, in her role as Harvard’s Name Authority Cooperative (NACO) Program Coordinator, Mary Jane led 25 trained catalogers through “bridge” training, preparing for March 31, 2013, after which all behind-the-scenes records supporting consistency in the HOLLIS catalog must be created according to the new standard. In an ambiguous national situation still full of unresolved issues, Mary Jane provided clear and informed guidance, skillfully analyzing and summarizing questions and transmitting answers and feedback to her colleagues.”

Emily Gustainis, Collections Services Archivist, Countway Library, HMS

From her nomination: “With two steps, she changed everything for the Center for the History of Medicine. She tested and refined workflow to craft an efficient and effective approach. Accurately meeting time, cost, and deliverable outcomes has boosted credibility with collection donors and funders. Best of all, the number of Center collections opened to research annually has more than doubled.”

Carol Kentner, Digital Course Content Manager, Gutman Library, GSE

From her nomination: “Carol has worked tirelessly to completely digitize all course materials at HGSE through the iPa© system, which she developed. The reach of her innovative work is tremendous. This has revolutionized the course materials process for faculty and significantly reduced the cost of materials for our students. Further, other schools at Harvard and beyond are looking to Carol and the HGSE model as they consider improvements in their own course pack materials processes.”

YuHua Li, Staff Assistant, Patron Services, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging

From her nomination: “As her department evolved over the years with system changes, workflow changes and reporting manager changes, she goes with the flow, never flinching. She tends to travel through the office or through the library at about 90 miles an hour and whenever you see her she always has a smile on her face, which is also why I call her “Wonder Woman.” I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful coworker such as YuHua; she is always giving above and beyond 100%.”

Colin Lukens, Holdings Management Associate, Harvard University Archives

From his nomination: “Over the past year, he has demonstrated the highest levels of excellence, helping the Harvard Library staff respond to recent transitional challenges and fostering a collaborative spirit across previously separated libraries within distinct schools or departments. His work bridges University boundaries, replacing old barriers with new possibilities while at the same time preserving Harvard’s core mission of highest academic integrity.”

Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library

From her nomination: “Carli personifies what it means to work in a learning organization.  She is insatiably curious and interested in developments in law, technology and librarianship and is always quick to send a link, lend a book or otherwise share what she learns. Carli has amazing technological skills and has (on her own time) organized outside training sessions for people (especially women) who want to learn more about coding, etc. Carli is a true Harvard Hero, graciously and generously contributing her talents to make the Harvard Law School, its library and the University a better place to work and study.”

Lauren Syer, electronic resources management librarian in Information and Technical Services, participated in the committee reviewing the Harvard Heroes nominations.

Harvard Heroes are nominated and/or selected by their peers for their leadership, teamwork, adaptability and exceptional contributions to support the mission of Harvard and set a standard of exemplary achievement. Learn more about Harvard Heroes and read the Harvard Gazette article.