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Take Note: Paula Aloisio, Corinna Baksik, Kyle Courtney, Jenny Gotwals, Cat Lea Holbrook, Randy Stern, Bonnie Tijerina, Mark Vassar

Staff accomplishments for June 17, 2014.


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 Kate Kondayen, communications officer.

Paula Aloisio, Jenny Gotwals, Cat Lea Holbrook and Mark Vassar at the Schlesinger Library each received a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate following completion of a nine-course program. The program was developed by the Society of American Archivists to educate archivists in best practices for appraising, capturing, preserving and providing access to electronic records.

Paula, a metadata specialist and manuscript cataloger, joined the Schlesinger in 2000. She has a BA from Boston College and an MA and MSLIS from Simmons College.

Jenny, a lead manuscript cataloger, joined the Schlesinger in 2007. She received a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA and a Certificate in Archival Management and Historical Editing from New York University.

Cat, a manuscript cataloger, joined the Schlesinger in 2007. She has a BA from Bridgewater State College and an MSLIS from Simmons.

Mark, a lead manuscript cataloger, joined the Schlesinger in 2008. He holds a BA from Eastern Connecticut State University, an MS Ed from the University of New Haven and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

Take Note photos

From left: Paula Aloisio, Jenny Gotwals, Cat Lea Holbrook, Mark Vassar.

Corinna Baksik and Randy Stern made presentations at Harvard’s IT Summit. Corinna presented  “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Harvard Library Discovery Environment,” explaining current and new library search and access tools. In “Oculus: Using Open APIs to Share Harvard’s Digitized Books and Manuscripts,” Randy and the project team discussed development of a state-of-the-art pedagogical platform which will be launched in a HarvardX course.

Corinna is a senior systems librarian with Library Technology Services (LTS). She joined Harvard in 2003 and holds an MSLIS from Simmons College and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Randy is the director for systems development in LT S, and joined Harvard in 2004. He holds a BS from SUNY Stony Brook and an MS from MIT.

Take Note images: Corinna Baksik, Randy Stern

Corinna Baksik and Randy Stern.

Kyle K. Courtney, copyright advisor at the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), contributed a chapter on copyright law to Librarianship in the Digital Age, which recently won the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Before joining the OSC, Kyle worked at Harvard Law School as the manager of Faculty Research and Scholarship. He holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law and earned an MSLIS from Simmons.




Bonnie Tijerina, head of electronic resources and serials, will join the Data & Society Research Institute on July 1. The institute is dedicated to addressing issues emerging because of data-centric technological development.  Bonnie will work to create opportunities for education, debate and discussion within the library profession and the institute around the increasingly complex, nuanced concept of privacy in the digital world. 

Bonnie joined the Harvard Library in 2012, and she previously held library positions at the Claremont University Consortium, University of California Los Angeles, Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University. Bonnie founded the Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference and company, of which she is currently president. She holds a BA from Lawrence University, and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.