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Take Note: Olha Aleksic, Tessa Beers, Randy Stern, David Weinberger

Staff accomplishments for November 13, 2012.


Olha Aleksic


Olha Aleksic, Petro Jacyk Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections, presented “Ukrainian Collections at Harvard University” at the Second Annual Conference of Ukrainian Museums, Libraries and Archives in Stamford, CT in September. The participants of the conference shared their experiences in museum and archival management, fundraising, website design and digitization of library material—and agreed on collective plans for a new consortium of Ukrainian heritage organizations.


Aleksic has been at Harvard since 2002, currently working both at the Ukrainian Research Institute Library and Slavic Division of Widener Library. She holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and an MSLIS from Simmons College.  



Tessa Beers


Tessa Beers, processing archivist for Baker Library Special Collections, presented a poster titled “Outsource vs. DIY: Straddling the Border Between Using Vendors and In-House Data Extraction” at the Research Forum at the Society of American Archivists’ annual meeting in San Diego in August. The poster outlined the library’s decision-making process in choosing between contracting an appropriate vendor to extract data stored on floppy disks, investing in the hardware and software required to establish a forensic workstation or a combination of both. It also explained the reasons behind the library's chosen option of creating an in-house digital forensic workstation and the workflow process of data extraction from the disks.


Beers has worked for the Harvard Library for one year. She holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in history from the University of Georgia. 



Randy Stern


Randy Stern, manager of systems development in Library Technology Services, was on the organizing committee for Code4Lib New England held on October 26 and 27 at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library. The conference brought together approximately 80 library technologists and library staff—eight of whom were from Harvard. The meeting included 11 talks and a panel discussion on issues in digital preservation, and, on the second day, an “unconference” on a variety of topics.


Stern has worked for the Harvard Library for eight years. He holds a BS in mathematics and computer science from Stony Brook University and an MS in electrical engineering /computer science from MIT.



David Weinberger


David Weinberger, co-director of Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab and senior researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, received two international "best of year" awards for his recent book Too Big to Know—the getAbstract International Book of the Year award and the World Technology Award in the field of media and journalism. The World Technology Awards are decided through a peer-review selection process involving WTN Fellows from more than 60 countries.


Weinberger holds a BA from Bucknell University and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has been a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society since 1994.



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