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Take Note: David Ackerman, Dorothy Barr, Brenda Bernier, Sean Crawford, Debra Cuoco, Lee Sullivan

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David Ackerman, head of Media Preservation for the Harvard Library, was awarded an ALB cum laude from the Harvard Extension School. In addition to this, he received the Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award and was awarded the Annamae and Allan R. Crite Prize for a field of study GPA of 3.97. The Annamae and Allan R. Crite Prize is given to ALM (liberal arts field) or ALB graduates who concentrate in visual arts or other artistic fields and demonstrate "singular dedication to learning and the arts." In his role at Harvard Library, David oversees audio, video, and film preservation and digitization programs. 




Dorothy Barr, research librarian at the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, recently presented at the SLA Annual Conference in Philadelphia on the importance of natural history museums and the role that their associated libraries play. The emphasis was on modern scientific techniques that are uncovering many new species, as well as digitization projects that make accessible historical information for studying climate change and evolutionary development over time. As SLA’s Natural History Caucus Convener, she also led a tour to the Academy of Natural Sciences. Serving on the Program Planning Committee of the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division last year when the conference was in Boston, she arranged a session featuring two Harvard biologists, Hopi Hoekstra and James Mallet. Dorothy received a BA from Wells College, an MA in classics from Syracuse University, an MALS in natural history from SUNY—Empire State, and an MSLIS from Simmons College.


Brenda Bernier has been named the board director for communications for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. In this role, she will oversee and coordinate matters dealing with AIC publications and outreach information systems. The AIC is a national membership organization supporting conservation professionals in libraries, archives, museums, and private practice, including conservators of paintings, furniture, and architecture. Brenda is the James Needham Chief Conservator and Head of Weissman Preservation Center and Collections Care for Harvard Library.





Sean Crawford recently joined the Harvard University Archives as records management/collection development assistant. In this role, Sean supports the activities of the Archives by providing records center and archives transfer services to the Harvard community, including managing University office records center accounts and advising and assisting in the transfer of records and personal archives to the Archives' permanent collection. Prior to coming to the Archives, Sean held positions in Harvard College Library and, most recently, as coordinator for serials acquisitions in Information and Technical Services. He holds an MS in library and information science from Simmons College, an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and a BS from Boston University.



Debra Cuoco, paper conservator for special collections, was elected assistant program chair, Book and Paper Group for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works at its annual meeting. In addition to this, she gave a presentation entitled “Sustained Recovery: How to Survive a Disaster After the Initial Response Is Complete” and also presented a poster: “A Conservation Records Network (ACORN): Conservation Documentation at the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University.” Debra has been a paper conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center since 2002. She splits her time between the WPC lab and the Baker Library conservation lab at the Harvard Business School. Before Harvard, she had internship positions at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Columbia University. She received an MA in art conservation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and her BA in art history and Italian studies from Emory University. 


Lee Sullivan has joined the Schlesinger Library as associate head of collection services for print and published materials. Lee comes to Schlesinger from Lesley University, where she was head of collection services and liaison for the humanities. She holds an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and an MA in English (fiction writing) from the University of New Hampshire.