Staff accomplishments for April 15, 2014.
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Meghan Bannon and Amber LaFountain organized and presented at a panel on “Perfecting the Process” for new professionals at the New England Archivists Spring Meeting in Portsmouth, NH. They discussed topics ranging from their approach to handling electronic records to the Center's Private Practices, Public Health project efforts to make the privacy and access decision-making process more transparent to researchers, as funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, through the Council on Library Resources (CLIR).
Meghan and Amber are project archivists at the Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM) at Countway Library, and each holds an MSLIS from Simmons, with an archives concentration.
Kyle DeCicco-Carey, a reference archivist at the Property Information Resource Center, completed a large-scale volunteer project to organize, archive and index the town records of Rochester, Massachusetts, which date back to the early 17th century. His efforts were featured in the Boston Globe.
Kyle joined PIRC in 2012, coming from the reference group of the Harvard University Archives, where he started in 2001. He holds a BA in history from UMass Dartmouth and a MSLIS from Simmons College.
University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff participated in a panel discussion, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same, or Maybe Not,” about the future of library, archives, and information science and the impact of change on professional education. The panel was a feature of a symposium preceding the Investiture Ceremony of the new dean of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Megan joined Harvard in 2002 as deputy director and librarian of the Schlesinger Library and was appointed university archivist in 2004. She previously served as head of the Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT and as archivist, curator of special collections, and assistant professor at Simmons.
David Weinberger recently gave the Brendel Lecture at Brown University and delivered the keynote speech for the Computers in Libraries Conference in Washington DC. His 2012 book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room was released in paperback. In May, David will deliver the commencement address for the Simmons College graduate school commencement ceremony, where he will also receive an honorary doctorate in library and information science.
David is co-director of the Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School Library and senior researcher at the Berkman Center. He holds a BA from Bucknell University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto.