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Take Note: Ceilyn Boyd, Heather Cole, Emilie Hardman, Lidia Uziel, Vitaly Zakuta

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Ceilyn Boyd is the new Research Data Program Manager for the Harvard Library. As the Research Data Program Manager, Ceilyn will be spearheading initiatives to increase the library’s participation in Research Data Management across the university. She will play an important role in advancing cross library/school programs and initiatives and shaping the future of RDM at the Harvard Library. This will include developing and manage a training program for Library staff and fostering the current community of practice. Ceilyn will also help create and manage a formal assessment plan for RDM services at Harvard.

 Ceilyn has been with the Harvard Library since 2008, first as an Administrative Fellow and then, starting in 2012, as Senior Project Manager. Prior to working at Harvard Ceilyn had a career in software engineering and in addition to her MLSI from Simmons she has an MA from Brandeis in anthropology and women’s studies and a BA in linguistics from Stanford University.

Heather Cole participated on the panel “The view from American archives” at “The U.S. and Us: American History in Britain in the Twenty-First Century”, a symposium for junior academics based in the UK who specialize in American history, held in conjunction with the Eccles Center for American Studies at the British Library on January 16, 2017. Heather spoke on using digital resources to aid research and teaching, and helped to demystify policies and procedures at special collections and archives.

Heather is the Assistant Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts and Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Houghton Library, where she has worked for nine years. Heather holds a joint master’s degree in English and Library Science from Indiana University.


Emilie Hardman is one of the recipients of the 2017 Dean’s Distinction award from Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael K. Smith. This award honors the “highest-achieving FAS staff members, whose contributions, citizenship, and skillful collaboration have delivered outstanding results for the FAS in 2016.”

Emilie is research, instruction, and digital initiatives librarian at Houghton Library. She joined the Houghton staff in 2010. Previously she has worked at the Murray Research Archive and as digital archivist for the Jewish Women’s Archive. Currently, with the support of a Bibliographical Society Association/Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography, she is working on an annotated bibliography of American vegetarian and vegan cookbooks and zines. She holds an MA and is ABD in sociology (Brandeis University); her MLS with a concentration in archives management is from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


Lidia Uziel gave a presentation on the “Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library” at the international conference “Viral Images: Exploring the historic and conservation challenges of objects created for social protest and solidarity” organized by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC) on February 14, 2017.

The goal of this conference was to examine how historic events of the past years have highlighted art as a creative means of social expression as well as a powerful tool used during social protests; and how a few digital images of social protests or a graphically designed phrase going viral on social media around the world have had an unexpectedly lasting influence. The objective of the event was to answer a few important questions: What happens to the art work when the protesters leave? Was it ever intended to be collected or preserved? Is there precedence for archiving these ephemeral materials? Who is collecting them? How do we preserve the intent and impact of these creative works for posterity? What are the most important challenges of archiving this form of cultural heritage?

The event took place in the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall of the Uris Educational Center of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  IIC is an independent international organization supported by individuals, institutions and scholarly organizations. IIC links heritage professionals internationally to promote responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage through advocacy, events, publications and conferences.

Lidia is the head of the Western Languages Division at Widener and bibliographer for Western Europe. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Montreal in Canada, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University in France, a Master in French Literature from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, a Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Montreal, and a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland.


Vitaly Zakuta has been promoted to the role of Senior Systems Librarian at the Library Technology Services department. Vitaly’s position has evolved from a focus on digital library projects planning and coordination to a senior analyst role in the digital repository and preservation space. With his expert knowledge of the DRS, he provides leadership in functional and systems analysis, advises and consults with software engineers, and acts as a DRS liaison to the library user community. Vitaly has been working at Harvard since 1999, most recently as a Digital Projects Librarian at Library Technology services. Previously, he worked at the Harvard Fine Arts Library, where he managed a digital imaging lab.  Vitaly holds an MA in library and information science from Simmons College and a BA from the University of Massachusetts.