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Take Note: Karen Beck, Liz Coffey, Emily Gustainis, Mary Haegert, Rebecca Kluchin, Honor Moody, Theresa Smith, Sandra Lee Parker Provenzano, Darla White

Staff accomplishments for August 19, 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.

Karen Beck, Mary Haegert, Honor Moody, Theresa Smith and Sandra Lee Parker Provenzano recently attended Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Karen, Mary and Sandra attended the course Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books; Honor and Theresa attended Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description.

Karen is the manager of Historical & Special Collections at the Law School Library, where she has worked since 2011. Before coming to Harvard, she worked for at the Boston College Law Library as a legal reference librarian, collection development librarian and curator of rare books. She has a BA from Pomona College, a JD from USC and an MLS from UCLA.

Mary is the reproduction coordinator at Houghton Library, which she joined in 2007. She holds an MLIS from Simmons College and a BA from Wellesley College.

Honor is a cataloger at the Schlesinger Library where she has worked since 2005. She was previously a library assistant with the Judaica Division of the Harvard College Library. She holds an MSLIS from Simmons College and a BA from St. John’s College (Santa Fe, NM).

Theresa is a paper conservator for special collections at the Weismann Preservation Center. She began working at Harvard in 2006 as a fellow at the Straus Center for Conservation. Her previous experience includes preservation and conservation positions, fellowships and internships at various museums and libraries, notably the Kupferstichkabinett-Berlin and the University of Chicago Library. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree from Buffalo State College.

Sandra is the head cataloger at Dumbarton Oaks, where she has worked since 2001. She holds an MLS and an MA in medieval studies from Catholic University and a BA from American University.  

Liz Coffey presented 16mm films from the Harvard Film Archive’s collection at the 60th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany. The films showcased recent preservation work, and included a selection of rare avant-garde and amateur films from the HFA’s expansive collection. Liz also recently presented on the life and work of filmmaker Anne Charlotte Robertson at Northeast Historic Film's Summer Symposium.

Liz is the film conservator with Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging, overseeing archival work for the Harvard Film Archive and other libraries at Harvard.  She received her BA in communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her formal training at the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. 


Emily Gustainis and Darla White of the Center of the History of Medicine authored two sections of Module 7: Repositories, Archiving and Data Preservation as part of the New England Collaborative Research Data Curriculum (NECDMC) project, focusing on the long term stewardship and archiving of research data and supporting documentation. The curriculum is available here.

Darla is a records manager and archivist at the Countway Library, which she joined in 2007. She holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an MA and MSLIS from Simmons College.

Emily is the head of collection services for the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library, which she joined in 2009. Previously, she worked as 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.

Rebecca Kluchin was named the 2014-2015 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow at the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library. The fellowship is offered in partnership with the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine; Rebecca plans to use numerous collections from the Countway Library to pursue her current project, Pregnancy and Personhood: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in America, 1850 to the Present, which examines the evolution of the public and private relationship between a woman and her pregnancy.

Rebecca is an associate professor of history at California State University, Sacramento, and studies the history of women’s reproductive health in the United States. She holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.