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Take Note: Catherine Blatz, George E. Clark, Kim Dulin, Steven Folsom, Leslie Morris, Marty Schreiner, Leah Yoffe

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Catherine Blatz has been promoted within Harvard Public Affairs and Communications to communications specialist for Harvard Library. In this role she serves as graphic designer for Harvard Library materials, from conceptualization through publication; supports the Library’s social media presence; manages content on; and serves as principal proofreader.

Catherine has been at Harvard since 2003 working in Library communications and publications. She has a BA in English and American literature from Brandeis University and a certificate in graphic design from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. 




George E. Clark, research librarian in environmental studies at Lamont Library, was quoted in Spanish-language newspaper El Pais as part of an architectural feature on envisioning sustainable cities of the future: “There is a big difference between the scale and nature of problems depending on whether a city is rich or poor, large or small, coastal or inland, hot or cold, old or young. [We] need to figure out how to protect or relocate infrastructure (telecommunications, transportation, energy, housing, business), [and] people (from the wealthy to the indigent), [as well as] how to use a place’s particular strengths as changes need to be made…while they undergo radical change due to flooding of formerly dry places.”

A columnist for Environment magazine for three years, George wrote on topics including Twitter, theater, suburbia, and human rights. Previously, he worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago; as a watershed management consultant to the Massachusetts Metropolitan Distriction Commission (now the state Department of Conservation and Recreation); as a visiting instructor at Mt. Holyoke College; and as a library assistant at MIT's Lindgren Library of earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. George has a BA in geology from Earlham College, an MA in geography from the University of Chicago, a PhD in geography from Clark University, and an MS in library and information science from Simmons College.


Kim Dulin, director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and associate director for collection development at the Law School Library, was in Berlin, Germany in October 2015 to talk to German librarians about how to embed innovative practices in their libraries. The seminar took place at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. She also spoke to the staff of the Economics and Management Library at the Berlin Institute of Technology about the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at a separate event.

Kim previously worked as a law librarian at Boston and Northeastern Universities, and also practiced as an attorney. She holds a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, an MS from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a BA from the University of Iowa.



Steven Folsom has been appointed to a new position in ITS as metadata technologies program manager. In this position, he will guide innovative metadata projects to improve discovery for library users, as well as provide metadata expertise to the larger campus community for digital scholarship. Steven will participate in cross-institution initiatives, such as future rounds of the Linked Data for Libraries projects, as one of the avenues through which ITS will contribute to standards, ontologies and best practices that can be shared broadly for community adoption. Collaborating with LTS and other units in the Harvard Library, he will identify and monitor national or global areas of interest in metadata development (e.g. BIBFRAME), particularly focusing on participation and engagement with strategic partners.

Steven has worked since 2012 at Cornell University Library, where he is currently the metadata strategist and standards advocate, focusing on metadata interoperability initiatives relating to access, retrieval, description, and management of library resources. Prior to Cornell, he was the metadata librarian for the Image Collection Library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, researching and implementing metadata standards for image description and cross collection searching. Steven began his career as the catalog librarian at Western New England College, responsible for original MARC cataloging. He holds an MLIS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a BA in fine arts from St. Lawrence University. Steven will start in his new role in Harvard Library on February 1, 2016.


Leslie Morris, curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts at Houghton Library, won first place at the New England Publishing Collaboration Awards (NEPCo) for the Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA). The awards celebrate publishers’ and vendors’ agile and open-minded approach to unprecedented change. Leslie, general editor of EDA, and Emily Arkin, managing editor for digital projects and metadata, Harvard University Press, made a multimedia presentation to the judges on November 10, one of nine projects chosen for the final round.

Leslie has been at Houghton Library since 1992 and has received her BA from Northwestern University, MLS from the University of Chicago, and MA (with distinction) in bibliography and textual criticism from the University of Leeds.



Marty Schreiner, librarian at Lamont Library and director of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, was awarded a certificate for excellence in music composition from the International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC) in Yokohama, Japan. The award was part of the ICJC 21st-Century Japanese Music Project to encourage new compositions for ensembles comprising Japanese and Western instruments.

Marty joined the Harvard Law Library in 1980, working there until 1987 when he was hired in the Harvard College Library. His numerous accomplishments include receiving a Bryant Fellowship from Harvard Library, receiving a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award, and winning a composition prize in the Annual International Chamber Music Composition Competition sponsored by the New England Reed Trio. He holds an MSLIS from Simmons College, an MM from the New England Conservatory of Music and a BM from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Leah Yoffe has joined the Library as its first User Research Center Lab Manager. In this new role, Leah oversees the center, working with those looking to incorporate usability testing into the project process. Leah coordinates the testing, borrowing, and use of the software and equipment available in the URC. She manages daily operations, assists with user experience research studies, tracks statistics on asset usage, and promotes use of the center for Harvard Library staff and community.

Leah comes to Harvard from Northeastern University, where she led efforts to develop and implement more efficient processes and procedures in the admissions department at the College of Professional Studies. She has experience conducting usability testing and user research for both web and mobile interfaces, having recently created, designed, and tested the full user experience of an original mobile app for her master’s thesis. She holds an MPS in digital media with a concentration in interactive design from Northeastern University and a BS in sport management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.