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Take Note: Bonnie Burns, Reed Lowrie, Mark McGee, Leslie Morris, David Siegel, Stephanie Zabel

Staff accomplishments for November 5, 2013.


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 Kira Poplowski, director of communications.

Four Harvard Library staff members participated in the Open Geoportal National Summit on October 27 and 28: Bonnie Burns, librarian for Geographic Information Services, David Siegel, lead digital library software engineer for the Harvard Geospatial Library, Janina Mueller, design data librarian, and Mark McGee, geospatial resources cataloger. The Open Geoportal is a collaborative, open-source, federated web application to rapidly discover, preview and retrieve geospatial data from multiple repositories.

Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, presented "A Curatorial Approach to Editing Emily Dickinson" at the Emily Dickinson International Society conference in College Park, MD. The paper outlined the principles behind the electronic Emily Dickinson Archive, a multi-institutional collaborative project to put the manuscripts of Emily Dickinson on the web in open access. Morris serves as general editor for the project. Morris also led a workshop, "Innovative Digital Exhibitions and Collection Building," at DPLAfest 2013, held at Northeastern University and Simmons College on October 24-25, 2013.

Reed Lowrie was named manager of reference and information services; his responsibilities include in-person and virtual reference and information services to support research on campus and online. Lowrie has served in this position on an interim basis since March 2012 and will continue to oversee the HCL/FAS "Ask a Librarian" virtual reference service and to supervise and train librarians, reference support staff and student assistants in Widener, Lamont and Cabot libraries. Lowrie holds a BA in English from Haverford College, an MA in English from the University of Chicago and an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stephanie Zabel, a curatorial assistant at the Harvard University Herbarium, gave a talk on medicinal herbs as part of the Countway Community Garden’s Harvest Day. Watch her discuss the Garden’s herbs here. Zabel is a practicing community herbalist, and teaches classes on herbalism and plant identification. She began her Harvard career at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Greenhouse and holds a BSc in horticulture and plant science and an MSc in ethnobotany.