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Take Note: Heather Caldwell, Heather Cole, Heather Cristiano, Tom Dodson, Emily Gustainis, Lynn Shirey, David Weinberger

Staff accomplishments for July 29, 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 the Harvard Library communications team at harvard_library@harvard.edu.

Heather Caldwell, head of collections care, will leave the Harvard Library as of July 30, 2014. Franziska Frey, head of preservation and digital imaging services, said, “Heather made a big difference during her time at Harvard—her passion for her work and her colleagues are infectious and we will all miss her.” 

Heather joined Harvard in 2007. She earned her MLIS from UT Austin with a Certificate of Advanced Study in the Conservation of Library and Archival Materials. Her BA is in English from Dartmouth College.

Brenda Bernier will serve as interim head of collections care effective July 31st.

Heather Cole was presented with the Biblio Award for services to biographers provided by a librarian or archivist at the Biographers International Organization’s fifth annual Compleat Biographer Conference in Boston. She also participated on the panel "Archive to Endnotes" at the conference.

Heather is an assistant curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, where curates the Theodore Roosevelt Collection. She joined the Library in 2007 from Miami University, where she was the resident librarian in special collections. She holds a BA from Miami University and an MA in English language and literature and a MLIS from Indiana University Bloomington.

Heather Cristiano and Emily Gustainis from the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM)  participated in the Wellcome Library’s UK conference, Beds Not Bombs: Exploring the Archives of Anti-Nuclear Medical Campaigning and Protest. Emily presented "Against the Unimaginable and Unpredictable: Contextualizing the Records of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War," which explored the history of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the work of its co-founder, Dr. Bernard Lown, whose papers are held by CHoM. Emily and Heather’s interview of Dr. Lown can be viewed here. The records of IPPNW are now being processed as part of CHoM's Access to Activism: Records of Physicians of Social Conscience initiative, which is funded by the Harvard Library’s “Open Your Hidden Collections” program.

Heather is the archivist for the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the records management assistant at the Countway Library. She joined the Library in 2011, and holds an MSLIS from Simmons College as well as a BS from Suffolk University.

Emily is the head of collection services for the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library. She joined the Harvard Library in 2009. Previously, she worked as a librarian/archivist at Historic New England. She holds an MLS and a BA in English literature and teacher education from the State University of New York at Albany.

Thomas Dodson published a short story, "The Death of Elpenor,” in the current issue of Chicago Quarterly Review; another story is forthcoming in CONSEQUENCE Magazine. A case study he wrote about the development of the Printer's Devil Review website, which he designs and edits, was selected as a featured showcase on the Drupal.org site.

Thomas is the web designer and developer on the Harvard Library communications team. He previously worked as a program coordinator for the Office for Scholarly Communication. Thomas joined Harvard in 2008 from Tufts University where he was a reference librarian. Previous to that, he served as a special programs officer for the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has an MSLIS from Kent State University and an MA from Ohio State University.

Lynn M. Shirey recently published Popular Culture: Arts and Social Change in Latin America (New Orleans, 2014). It includes the papers of the 57th annual meeting of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, which she organized in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in June 2012. A text of the keynote address by Harvard Professor Doris Sommer is included.

Lynn is the librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal at Widener Library. She joined the library as a bibliographic assistant at Houghton in 1985 and has also worked at the Harvard Law School Library. She holds an AB from Boston College and an MSLIS from Simmons College.

David Weinberger delivered the commencement address for the Simmons College graduate school commencement ceremony, which can be read in full here. At the ceremony, he received an honorary doctor of letters. He recently authored a post for CNN.com on Facebook’s manipulation of users in a 2012 psychological experiment, and spoke on a CNN broadcast on the same topic. He also recently was featured in The Atlantic comparing the value of book recommendations from skilled librarians to those from algorithms from Amazon.

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.