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Take Note: Kyle K. Courtney, Deborah Garson, Monica Key, Emily Kilcer, Joshua Lupkin, Leslie A. Morris, Kelli Piotrowski, Lidia Uziel, Ning Zou

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Kyle K. Courtney ran a national webinar for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) titled “Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives.” He also presented a poster and panel session at the AALL annual meeting on “Mindful Meditation: Reduce Stress and Improve Your Work, Workplace, and World,” based on his recently published article “Mindfulness: Finding Focus in a Distracted World.” Kyle was elected as the new incoming chair of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and was also nominated to the Governance Board for the newly formed SocArxiv, the first open-access archive of the social sciences. He will be focusing on copyright, law, and policy for SocArxiv.  Kyle rounded out the month with a lecture on “Open Access, Copyright, and Scholarship” at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies’ Information Fluency Workshop for Young Scholars program.

Kyle and Emily Kilcer also co-authored two new scholarly chapters that were published in the last month. Their chapter "University Libraries in the Digital Era" was published in Edward Elgar's Research Handbook on Digital Transformations, and their other chapter “From Apprehension to Comprehension: Addressing Anxieties about Open Access to Electronic Theses and Dissertations” was published in Kevin Smith’s multivolume series Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Communication by Rowan & Littlefield Ltd.

Kyle is the program manager and copyright advisor at the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. He previously worked at Harvard Law School Library as the manager of faculty research and scholarship. Kyle holds a JD from Suffolk University School of Law and an MSLIS from Simmons.

Emily is the project coordinator at the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication. She previously worked as the Harvard Open Access Project Research Assistant at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Emily holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MSLIS from Simmons.


Deborah Garson, head of research and writing services and a lecturer on education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, presented "Doctoral Students Becoming Researchers: An Innovative Curriculum" at the Creating Knowledge VIII: Practices, Goals and Visions for Information Literacy in Higher Education conference in Reykjavík, Iceland in June 2016.

She has spent her career in academic libraries, which include MIT and George Washington University. As one of three instructors in the three-week Art of Teaching for Librarians sponsored by Harvard Library, Deborah engaged with Harvard librarians focusing on learning theories, developing learning objects, and learning assessment rationale and tools. Deborah holds a master's of education in administration, planning and social policy from HGSE and an MS in information science from Simmons.



Monica Key joined the Harvard Library as manager for special initiatives, public programming and stewardship. Working with Franziska Frey, chief of staff, Monica is supporting several meeting series, such as the Library Leadership Team and the Library Faculty Advisory Council (FAC); oversees outreach events and stewardship for the Harvard Library; and manages special projects and initiatives that align with University-wide Library activities.

Monica has worked in higher education administration for over 20 years. Prior to Harvard, Monica worked at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wheaton College and Simmons College in a variety of roles that established her expertise with alumni, trustees, donors and friends of each of these institutions.  




Joshua Lupkin, Charles Warren Librarian for American History, presented at Collectors Roundtable: Librarians Who Collect as part of a panel convened by the Ticknor Society at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, Hynes Convention Center. He discussed a collection he stewarded at his previous job at Tulane University, using an endowment for buying books about cats and dogs, and how he continues to build international interest in these innovative forms of hypercontemporary creative production through social media. Among other things, he showed some unusual self-published comic books and artists’ books from around the world that relate to the representations of animals, and of human-animal interactions, in graphic culture.  





Leslie A. Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts, Houghton Library, was a plenary speaker at the fourth biennial John Updike Society Conference, hosted by the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, held on October 12–15. Her illustrated talk was entitled “Finding John Updike at Harvard.”






Kelli Piotrowski joined the staff of the Weissman Preservation Center, the special collections unit of Preservation Services, as a special collections conservator. She first came to the Weissman Preservation Center as a Kress Fellow in 2013, focusing on the preservation assessment of the Kenzo Tange Archive for the Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library and treatment of the English Manor Rolls at the Harvard Law School Library. Following the fellowship, Kelli held a term position as projects conservator, dividing her responsibilities between completing the Manor Roll project and working on the conservation treatment and installation of illuminated manuscripts for the exhibition Beyond Words.

Kelli holds a master of art conservation from Queen’s University (2013), and a master of library science from Queens College, City University of New York (2009). She has worked at the Frick Collection–Frick Reference Library, The New York Historical Society, and the New York Botanical Garden–Luesther T. Mertz Library. In her new position, she will contribute in all areas of book and paper conservation and serve on the Library collections Emergency Team (LCET) and as a preservation liaison.



Lidia Uziel recently accepted the 2016 Researcher of the Year Award, i.e. "Chercheuse Associée de l’ENSSIB—École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques pour l’année 2016" from the French National Library School in Lyon, France. The purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of those individuals who are advancing knowledge in library science in France and internationally. As a part of this award, Lidia spent two weeks in October at l’ENSSIB where she actively participated in the teaching and research of the school.  She gave a couple of seminars to l’ENSSIB’s library students and will be also publishing a few articles in l’ENSSIB’s library journal in the near future.

Lidia is the head of the Western Languages Division at Widener and bibliographer for Western Europe. She has a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Montreal in Canada, a PhD in comparative literature from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University in France, a master in French literature from Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, a master in library and information science from the University of Montreal, and a bachelor of arts in romance languages from the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland. 


Ning Zou has accepted the position of learning design and research librarian at Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She previously served as the instruction coordinator at Dominican University Library. In her previous position, Ning oversaw and coordinated the library’s instructional services and information literacy programs. She led a team of two instruction librarians and several graduate instruction interns, and advanced the library instructional services from a face-to-face, mechanics-driven format to a hybrid, discipline-integrated model in support of student-centered learning.

Ning has held professional academic library positions such as information services librarian and first-year initiatives librarian. She is a member of American Library Association, ACRL, and the Chinese-American Librarians Association. She is also an IFLA Fellow (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions).

In this new position, she will work collaboratively with the Research Services team and other stakeholders within HGSE and Harvard-wide to promote research literacy in all formats. The position will be the library liaison to the HGSE Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) and HGSE Programs in Professional Education (PPE).

Published on November 9, 2016.