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Take Note: Debra Cuoco, Robert Sennett, Carli Spina

October 16, 2012


Debra Cuoco


Debra Cuoco, paper conservator for special collections in the Weissman Preservation Center (WPC), recently attended a three-week course—“The Conservation of Japanese Paper”—in Tokyo, Japan. A group of international conservators are selected annually to attend the course, co-sponsored by the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo—which funded Cuoco's attendance—and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property.


Cuoco attended lectures on the materials, history and techniques used in traditional Japanese paper-based arts, participated in practical conservation sessions on the treatment and making of a hand scroll and visited conservation studios and hand papermakers.


Cuoco has a master of art conservation from Queen’s University, Kingston in Ontario, Canada. Her BA is in art history and Italian studies from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.


Learn more about the course here.


Robert Sennett


Robert Sennett, bibliographer and research liaison for film at the Fine Arts Library, presented “Kenneth Anger’s Fireworks: Narcissus and the Birth of Gay Self-Expression on Film” at the 2012 Film & History Conference, “Film and Myth." The conference was sponsored by Film & History Magazine and held in Milwaukee, WI from September 26 to 30.


The paper explores the imagery in Kenneth Anger’s 1948 film, Fireworks, specifically how the film both codified and anticipated the way gay men and same-sex attraction were—and would be—portrayed in both mainstream and underground American cinema during the 1950s and 1960s.


Sennett has worked for Harvard’s Fine Arts Library for 27 years and holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MFA from Columbia University.


Carli Spina


Carli Spina, emerging technologies and research librarian for the Harvard Law School Library, presented at the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum in Columbus, Ohio from October 5 to 7. She presented on her work for the Library Analytics Toolkit—a project funded by the Library Lab, an initiative that provides funding for projects that foster library innovation


The Toolkit aims to provide a way in which libraries can visualize data and identify trends and patterns over time regarding emerging technology. Spina began working full-time for the Harvard Law School Library in January 2012, and holds a JD from the University of Chicago and a MSLIS from Simmons College.


View Spina’s presentation here.


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