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Take Note: Danielle Adams, Kyle K. Courtney, Thomas Dodson, Marie-Luce Kauffman, Rhea Lesage, Joshua Lupkin, Mark Shelton

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Danielle Adams recently joined the Research, Teaching and Learning group as the RTL Project Manager. In this position, she will be responsible for guiding and managing the development of research, teaching and learning initiatives at the Harvard Library.

Danielle has been working in the Harvard libraries since 1998, most recently as the interim head of the e-resources and serials section as well as the operations and performance specialist in Information and Technical Services. In this dual role, she managed special projects and assessment activities for the Information and Technical Services Department as well as managing the ER&S Section—a group of four Harvard Library units that were responsible for the acquisition, receipt, implementation, and description of electronic resources as well as print serials. Prior to that, she held positions in Harvard College Library Technical Services, Lamont Library, and Countway Library. She received an MA in library and information science from Simmons College and a BA in English literature from the University of Wisconsin.


Kyle K. Courtney, copyright advisor, was the keynote speaker at two consecutive conferences at Florida State University, where he delivered “Fair Use is a Right” at the Institute for Copyright in Higher Education conference on the first day, and “Where Will Publishing be in 2030? A Look to the Future” at the Publish or Perish: Conversations on Academic Publishing conference on the second. In March, he also wrapped up a year as chair of the edX Committee on Intellectual Property and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with the release of a best-practices report after months of interviews, research, and writing. The report is released here and will be the topic of discussion at an upcoming ACRL meeting panel. In April, Kyle and copyright first responder Emily Bell offered a Harvard Library immersion program that trained and confirmed library personnel as Library-certified fair use experts. Fifteen library staff members joined the three-hour program and received their official certifications. This program will be offered again in the future.

Kyle and OSC project coordinator Emily Kilcer also presented on updated archives at the annual meeting of the New England Archivists in Portland, Maine. The lecture, “Copyright and Archives: The Past and Future of Law and Digitization,” attracted a standing-room-only audience and continues to be one of the most popular speaking slots that the NEA offers each year.

He also spoke to Prof. Marilyn Morgan’s UMass class at the Boston City Archives, presenting a specialized lecture on copyright, archives, and digitization. Kyle attended the NETSL’s spring meeting, Open Tomorrow: Collaborating for a Better Future, held at Holy Cross in Worcester, where he delivered the keynote presentation, “Fear of the Known: Collaboration, Risk, and Copyright,” and discussed lowering risk at universities and libraries through immersive copyright and contract training. Lastly, Kyle’s article on the GSU fair use e-reserves decision, “GSU E-Reserves Decision: Or, How I Learned How to Stop Worrying, Reject Licensing, and Embrace Fair Use and E-Reserves,” was published by Library Journal. He holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Thomas Dodson’s short story “Ghost Bike” appears in the latest issue of Beloit Fiction Journal. Earlier this year, his essay “From the Library to Las Vegas: The Role of Research in the Writing Process” was published in Tishman Review, and his sound piece “Drawing from Nightlife” aired on New Hampshire Public Radio. Thomas is a web designer and developer for the Harvard Library. His fiction and essays have been published in Chicago Quarterly Review, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, Conium Review, and elsewhere.




Marie-Luce Kauffman recently joined Information and Technical Services as a library assistant. During her one-year term, she will be working on monographic acquisitions from Western European vendors for Widener and Fine Arts libraries. Before moving from France to the Boston area three years ago, Marie held various assisting positions in academic libraries and archives related to her specialization in art and architectural history. She is currently writing a book based on her post-graduate research on the French architect and decorator Pierre Patout, to be published in France in 2017. She earned a master's degree from the Université François-Rabelais in Tours, and will start this coming Fall a Library and Information Science program at Simmons College. 



Rhea Lesage, librarian for Hellenic studies and coordinator for the classics at Widener Library, has been appointed Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) associate for collaborative library initiatives. Through this affiliation, the Center has recognized her collaborative work with CHS library staff and programs in the US and Greece; her work on the Open Greek and Latin Project (OGLP) and her role in building a partnership with the National Library of Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Rhea is the primary selector for Greek-language materials in the humanities and social sciences for the Harvard College Library, supporting the Modern Greek Studies Program in the Department of the Classics. The teaching of Modern Greek language and literature at Harvard dates back to 1828 and the program is the oldest of its kind in the United States. In addition to acquiring essential core collections, she identifies and purchases special collections and primary-source materials at auction, special sales and using contacts in Greece and Cyprus. Currently she is building an ephemera collection (posters, flyers, protest signs) to document the impact of the financial crisis on Greek society.

In 2011, she was appointed collection development coordinator for the classics, providing collections-related services to the Department of the Classics and coordinating the Smyth Classical Library’s acquisitions activities. In February 2016, the Harvard Library approved Lesage’s grant request for $50,000 to help complete the First Thousand Years of Greek segment of the OGLP. Rhea came to Harvard in 1994 and has a BA in international management and French from Simmons College and an MSLIS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


Joshua Lupkin will be named Charles Warren Librarian for American History as of July 6, 2016. Reporting to Lidia Uziel (head, Western Languages Division) the Charles Warren Librarian for American History will develop the flagship collection of materials relating to American history. In this position, Joshua not only will consider materials to be owned by Harvard, but will also develop collaborative relationships with other institutions to extend access to information. The Warren Librarian, a member of a team of librarians in the Western Languages Division of the Harvard College Library focused on support for teaching and research in the social sciences and humanities, will play an important role in the educational mission of Harvard University by establishing strong relationships with American History faculty and students, and connecting them to the collections, resources, and services that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. 

Joshua is currently chief bibliographer for the humanities at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library of Tulane University in New Orleans, where he manages university and endowed funds and coordinates collection strategy and analysis across humanities fields. At Tulane he collaborates closely with Special Collections as selector for rare books and has a direct role as collections liaison to several departments in fine and performing arts and world literatures. In a previous position as humanities research librarian at Southern Methodist University, he supported undergraduate and doctoral programs in American History, including collections and an active program of instruction and outreach. 

Joshua has degrees in American history from the University of Chicago as well as from Columbia, where he received his doctorate under the supervision of Kenneth T. Jackson with a dissertation on the history of taxicabs and public space in early-20th-century New York and Chicago. In addition to his work as a history and humanities librarian, Joshua's pursuit of engaged historical scholarship and sources has afforded him the opportunity to work in curatorial and archival roles. He has contributed to peer-reviewed publications and conferences on subjects including the administration of e-book policies in academic libraries, alternative publications and popular culture in special collections, and methods of collecting emerging media formats. He received his MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.  


After almost eight years at Harvard University, Mark Shelton, assessment librarian for the Harvard Library, has accepted the position of director of library services for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

During his years at Harvard, Mark served first as the head of collections development at the Gutman Library and most recently as the assessment librarian for the Harvard Library. He has collaborated with his library colleagues across the University, contributed his expertise, and served on a variety of committees to build Harvard's collections and create a culture of assessment. Of particular note is the work he and Karina Grazina have undertaken to provide insight into Harvard Library's assessment needs, which the Library can build on as it pursues its strategic initiatives. Mark’s last day with the Harvard Library will be June 30.