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Take Note: Robert Burton, Meg Kribble, Kristin Johnson Kulash, Erinlea McGowan-Moniz, Randy Stern

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Robert Burton, photograph cataloger at the Weissman Preservation Center, conducted a workshop on “Description and Cataloging of 19th-Century Photographs” at the New England Archivists Symposium on 19th-Century Photography, held in Providence, RI.

As part of the Photograph Preservation Program at Weissman, Robert has been cataloging photographs and providing consultation for Harvard Library repositories since 2006. He holds a BA in creative writing and an MLS with a specialization in preservation from the University of Pittsburgh.




Meg Kribble, research librarian and outreach coordinator at the Harvard Law School Library, has been elected as a new board member of the American Association of Law Libraries. Meg was elected to the Executive Board by law librarians and formerly served as the chair of the copyright committee and computing services special interest section.

At the Law School Library, Meg assists students and faculty with research, teaches research, and coordinates the library’s outreach. She received her master of arts in library and information science from the University of South Florida, and her bachelor of arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds an associate degree from the College of DuPage.



Kristin Johnson Kulash, serials librarian in the Slavic Division of Harvard College Library, took part in a roundtable discussion at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies annual meeting in Philadelphia. In the panel discussion, entitled “Behind the Name: Factual Information in Name Authority Work,” she explored the challenges that librarians face when names for corporations and organizations vary because of political changes and different linguistic emphases across these regions.

Kristin performs cataloging and name authority work for serials in all Slavic languages, as well as serial collection development, acquisitions, and control. She received a BA in English from Iowa State University, as well as an MA in linguistics and an MA in library science from the University of Iowa.


Erinlea McGowan-Moniz has recently joined Maps, Media, Data & Government Information in Lamont Library as its new web production and instructional space technology coordinator. In this role she will contribute her creative, design and visualization skills to the team’s ongoing web and digital media projects. She will also provide on-site support for the learning spaces in Lamont Library, such as the Collaborative Learning Space and the Larsen Room.

Erinlea holds an MFA in art direction from the Academy of Art University and a BFA in 3D fine arts and illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, as well as a number of certifications in the fields of web and UX design. Prior to joining Harvard, Erinlea worked with several organizations as a freelance art director, web designer, illustrator and copywriter.


Randy Stern, director of systems development for Library Technology Services, gave a presentation at the Digital Library Federation 2015 Forum entitled "How Many Staff Does It Take to Screw In an IIIF Lightbulb?" The talk described the broad collaboration among the Harvard Library, HarvardX, the HUIT academic technology group, the Harvard Art Museums, faculty, and University administrators to bring the International Image Interoperability Framework and the Mirador page viewer to fruition across Harvard.

Randy directs a team of software developers and user experience librarians in building and maintaining digital library infrastructure for the Harvard Library, including the Digital Repository Service and metadata management and public interfaces for visual information resources, archival finding aids, geospatial data sets, web archives, email archives, and open APIs. Along with Chip Goines, he represents Harvard Library in the International Image Interoperability Framework and Mirador initiatives to open Harvard’s digital content and metadata through open standards. He received a BA in mathematics from Stony Brook University and an SM in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.


Henrique Coelho, library assistant in the Monographic Acquisitions & Copy Cataloging section of Information & Technical Services, has taken a professional position in the Reference Department of the Worcester Public Library. 

Rachel Howarth has stepped down from her position as associate librarian for public services at Houghton Library. She joined Houghton in September of 2000, and in her role she has managed the staff, operations, and programs that support research and teaching initiatives relating to the manuscripts, rare books, archives, and other materials at Houghton.

Linda Takata, Cataloging Manager in the Metadata Creation section of Information & Technical Services, is retiring after 24 years of service. She began her Harvard Library career at the Rubel Collection in 1991, working with Japanese-language materials, and moved to the Fine Arts Library in 1999, where she supervised processing for the Rubel Collection as a cataloger. As head of technical services for the Fine Arts Library in 2006, she supervised the integration of this unit within Harvard College Library Technical Services and became a cataloging manager. She has held her latest position as cataloging manager in Information and Technical Services since 2012.