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Take Note: Constance Rinaldo, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, Lauren Syer, David Weinberger

Staff accomplishments for November 26, 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.

Constance Rinaldo, librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library, presented a talk on a panel, "Crafting the Future of a Global Biodiversity Heritage Library for Diverse Communities' Needs," at the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) meeting. She also presented a paper and co-led a discussion/hackathon (with Mark Phillips of the Digital Public Library of America) on "Collection Assessment in a Collaborative Environment: BHL and DPLA” at the Digital Library Federation meeting.

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, university archivist, was elected to the inaugural ArchivesSpace Board of Trustees. ArchivesSpace, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is building an open-source web application to manage descriptive information for archives, manuscripts, and digital objects. Sniffin-Marinoff joined Harvard in 2002 as deputy director and librarian of the Schlesinger Library and was appointed university archivist in 2004. She previously served as head of the Institute Archives and Special Collections at MIT and as a professor in the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Lauren Syer began as manager of the E-Resources unit on November 12, 2013. She has held positions at Harvard University since 2003 in the Office for Information Systems, the Weissman Preservation Center and Harvard College Library. Previous to joining Harvard, she worked at MIT and the Massachusetts College of Art. She holds a BA in music history and music theory from Oberlin College and an MSLIS from Simmons. 

David Weinberger, co-director of the Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School Library and senior researcher at the Berkman Center, joined the “Future of Libraries” panel, part of Temple University’s presidential inauguration festivities. He was also the keynote speaker at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies 50th anniversary celebration. Weinberger holds a BA from Bucknell University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto.