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Take Note: Keiko Nishimoto, Diane Rielinger, Anna Rakityanskaya

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Keiko Nishimoto joined the staff of the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria, as the collections services archivist in November. Keiko is responsible for providing information on and access to the Botany Libraries’ archival collections, processing collections, and managing the digitization of archival collections.

Keiko is well known to the library and archives community because of her four years as a part-time library assistant in the Botany Libraries. She has worked on a number of grant-based projects to digitize collections from the libraries’ archives. Keiko has also served as a reference librarian at the Public Library of Brookline for the last two years. Keiko holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a degree in botany and environmental sciences from Connecticut College.


Diane Rielinger joined the staff of the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria, as the digital projects librarian in November. Diane will design and manage collaborative projects to deliver digital resources, including the scanning of items from the Botany Libraries’ unique collections, in order to make them freely available to researchers, students, and people around the globe primarily through the worldwide Biodiversity Heritage Library. Linking these materials with other resources such as specimens data and field notes will enhance discovery and research. Diane will also work on collection strategies related to digitization and physical retention.

Diane holds a master of library science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a master of marine biology and fisheries from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, and a bachelor’s degree in biology and philosophy from Rice University. She worked as an environmental consultant, science policy analyst, and educator before becoming a librarian. She comes to Harvard University from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, where she served as co-director of the MBLWHOI Library, archivist, records manager and rare books curator. Her experience with digital projects at the MBLWHOI Library included the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the History and Philosophy of Science Repository, and the History of MBL.


Anna Rakityanskaya, Slavic librarian and the interim coordinator for the Slavic division at Widener library, has participated in the round table Ephemera: Collecting to Support 21st-Century Research at the 48th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Washington DC on November 18, 2016. Her presentation’s topic was "Harvard’s Russian Ephemera Collection (Late 1980s–1990s)."

Anna joined Harvard Library’s Slavic Division as a Slavic librarian in 2004. She is a bibliographer for Widener’s Russian/Former Soviet Union collection, and since August 2012 she has been combining her regular duties with those of an interim coordinator for the Slavic Division. Prior to joining Harvard, Anna worked as a Russian collection specialist at the library of the University of Texas at Austin and an editor of Polish-language dictionaries at the Russkii Iazyk Publishers in Moscow. She holds an MA in Slavic linguistics from the Moscow State University in Russia and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.