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Take Note: Jim Borron, Tom Dodson, Nancy Hallock, Kira Poplowski, Alan Puglia

Staff accomplishments for August 6, 2013.


Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to Elizabeth Hedrick, communications officer.

Jim Borron, senior program manager, and Kira Poplowski, director of communications, presented “Under Pressure? Stop, Collaborate & Listen: Lessons Learned from a University-Wide Web Project” at the 2013 CIO Summit. The talk focused developing and launching the new Library portal.

Borron joined the Harvard Library in 2011 from the Harvard Business School. He has an MLIS from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, an MBA from the Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick in the UK and a BS from the University of Alaska. Poplowski also joined the Harvard Library in 2011 and previously served at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She holds a BA from Providence College and an MA and PhD from the University of California.

Thomas Dodson joined the Harvard Library as web developer/designer, with primary responsibility for front-end Drupal development of the Harvard Library portal. Dodson previously worked as a program coordinator with the Office for Scholarly Communication. He joined Harvard in 2008 from Tufts University, where he was a reference librarian. Previous to that, Dodson served as a special programs officer for the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has an MSLIS from Kent State University and an MA from Ohio State University.

Nancy Hallock, ITS Unit Manager for Monographic Acquisitions and Copy Cataloging—Americas and Europe, was featured on the Latin American Institute’s home page for serving 30 years as a volunteer indexer for the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI). HAPI is the cornerstone of the publications program of the Latin American Institute of UCLA. Hallock joined Harvard in 1997 as head of the Spanish/Portuguese cataloging team. She holds a BA in cultural area studies—Latin America from the College of Wooster, an MLS from the University of Arizona and a certificate of advanced study in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Alan Puglia was named the senior rare book conservator at the Harvard Library Weissman Preservation Center (WPC), previously serving as the interim senior book conservator. Puglia has worked at the WPC for 13 years, as a rare book conservator for Houghton Library and the Harvard University Library. Prior to joining Harvard, Puglia was a conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration. He holds an MLIS with a certificate in conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professional associate member of the American Institute for Conservation, where he has been active in the publications efforts of the Book and Paper Group.