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Take Note: Laura Linard, Jing Liu, Debora Mayer, Jessica McGillivray, Erika Nosike

October 30, 2012


Debora Mayer                                                                                                     

Debora Mayer, Helen H. Glaser Conservator for Special Collections in the Weissman Preservation Center, recently published a chapter—“Identification of Textile Fibres Found in Common Painting Supports”—in Conservation of Easel Painting. Mayer’s chapter provides instruction on identifying the different types of fibers used in painting canvases.


Mayer will publish another chapter—“The Test of Time: Nineteenth-Century Innovations in Paper Fibre Analysis”—in Archetype, London. It will appear in the peer-reviewed preprints for “Conservation in the Nineteenth Century,” a conference scheduled for May 2013 in Copenhagen at the National Museum of Denmark. The paper traces key 19th-century inventions in paper analysis that have evolved into current worldwide industry standards for measuring paper quality.


Mayer holds an MS in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program.


Laura Linard

Laura Linard, director of special collections for Baker Library, presented a paper at the European Business History Conference in Paris in September. Linard participated on the panel “Taking Business History Public,” which featured four historians and archivists active in taking business history’s historical research outside the traditional academic domains of teaching and research. Linard has been with the Harvard Library since 1996—previously serving as director of historical collections and director of Baker Library Collections. She has a BA from Beloit College and an MS from Columbia University.


Jing Liu

Jing Liu assumed the role of library assistant at the Harvard-Yenching Library on October 15. Liu has been doing literature research in the medical research field—spending much of her time in the library before she was hired for the position.


Jessica McGillivray and Erika Nosike

Jessica McGillivray and Erika Nosike recently joined Access Services. McGillivray works at the Cabot Science Library as evening coordinator.  She spent more than 10 years in the private sector, working at Babson Capital and Bain Capital in their research libraries. McGillivray holds a BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College.


Erika Nosike joined Access Services at Countway Library of Medicine as an access and reference assistant. She has worked at Harvard for 13 years in various roles—most recently spending four years in the Countway Collections Department. Nosike has a BA in English with a concentration in journalism.


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