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Take Note: Priscilla Anderson, Brenda Bernier, Daina Bouquin, Fred Burchsted, Thomas Dodson, Anna Esty

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Priscilla Anderson, Senior Preservation Librarian in the Weissman Preservation Center, and Brenda Bernier, the James Needham Chief Conservator, Head of Weissman Preservation Center and Interim Head of Collections Care, were recently awarded AIC Fellow status for demonstrating sustained high-quality professional skills and ethical behavior. Anderson and Bernier were recognized for their expertise by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, the national association for conservation professionals.

Priscilla holds a BA in history of art from Yale University, an MS in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program, and an MLS from the University of Maryland. Brenda received a BA in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MLS in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware program.

Daina Bouquin is the new assistant head librarian of the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In her new role she will work to build out the library’s training initiatives and help manage and expand on special projects geared toward the astronomy and astrophysics community. Daina will also take on responsibilities regarding Wolbach Library’s electronic resources.

Daina joins Harvard from Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medicine, where she served as the data and metadata services librarian for the medical college. She earned her MLIS and a certificate of advanced study in data science from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing an additional MS, this one in data analytics, as a distance student through the City University of New York School of Professional Studies.


Fred Burchsted and Anna Esty, both research librarians with Services for Academic Programs at Harvard College Library, co-authored "Tips for Biographical Searching," which introduces the biographical section of Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography (ALA, 2015), edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted, and Jo Bell Whitlatch. This book includes Fred's biographical section of the ALA’s Guide to Reference database.

Fred holds a BA in anthropology from the University of Chicago, a PhD in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin. Anna holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MLS from Simmons College. Anna and Fred work together to help the students and faculty of the History Department and other students of history to find the library resources they need.

Thomas Dodson presented his talk "Back to the Future: An Introduction to Responsive HTML Email" in September at the New England Regional Developers Summit and again in November for Harvard's ABCD-WWW group. The anthology series he edited, Best Indie Lit New England, was selected by Book Builders of Boston as a finalist for the 2015 New England Publishing Collaboration Awards. Thomas is a web designer and developer for the Harvard Library.