Building the Harvard Library

first_imgKira Poplowski, director of communications. Poplowski comes to Harvard from Pitzer College, where she served as vice president for public relations and marketing. She holds a Ph.D. in international political economy from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lisa Schwallie, chief financial officer. Schwallie joins Harvard from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was director of new initiatives. She graduated cum laude from Duke University and earned an M.B.A. and a certificate in public management at Stanford University. Given their knowledge of everything from dusty old tomes to statistical databases, most Harvard librarians are experts on the past and the present. But on the second floor of 90 Mt. Auburn St., a new team of Harvard University Library leaders is focused squarely on the future.A year ago this week, the University announced plans to better align the Harvard Library’s structure with the University’s evolving academic priorities. Soon after, a new governing body, the Harvard Library Board, and an executive director were named.The Harvard Library’s leadership team, however, has only recently taken shape. Led by Executive Director Helen Shenton and Mary Lee Kennedy, senior associate provost for Harvard Library, the group has an ambitious aim: to take a diverse network of libraries that have grown organically over the course of 375 years and bring them together under a single mission and structure.“Right now we’re taking leaps forward on the strategic opportunities that we identified in the Library Board meeting in June,” said Kennedy, who in July left her post as executive director of knowledge and library services at Harvard Business School to join the team. “In a community that is as diverse and talented as Harvard, we actually have an opportunity to make everything that’s already quite excellent even better. It’s a great position to be in, but it also has to be a very inclusive process.”Indeed, one of the team’s challenges is to take input on the library’s existing structure from all levels — from staff librarians to the Library Board, which oversees their work — and build from it a more efficient, forward-thinking library.With technology rapidly changing scholarship and librarianship, “there is this realism everywhere about the fact that no one can do it all,” said Shenton, who previously worked for the British Library and who became the Harvard Library’s first executive director at the end of last year.“There’s been an explosion of information. But also, I think there’s more of a philosophy now around collaboration and connecting” — a philosophy Shenton wants to harness and promote at Harvard. “We’re very keen on making innovation part of the library’s culture,” she said.The Harvard Library transition, which was first proposed in a task force report in 2009 and has been in development for two years, entered a more concrete design phase this past August. Starting in January, the leadership team will help oversee the implementation of a series of recommended changes to the libraries’ organizational structure, a process that should be completed by the end of 2012.It also will handle functions common to all the libraries through a shared services system, which includes information and technical services, access services, preservation, and digital imaging.“The Library Board is the decision maker about strategy and policy. They’re looking out for the good of the whole institution,” Kennedy said. “It’s our job as a team to work together and make that happen.”But that doesn’t mean Harvard’s system of 70-plus libraries will become entirely centralized. Kennedy was quick to say that individual libraries will retain their existing relationships with the Schools and faculties they serve, so that they can stay in touch with the needs of the faculty, students, and researchers that depend on them.“Harvard is a network, and all the pieces have to work together,” Kennedy said. “We call it ‘shared services’ on purpose. It’s about shared accountability, and making sure the whole is bigger than the parts.“We’re in a phase of reinventing ourselves — but not without tremendous thought,” Kennedy said. “We’re basing it on the last two years of investigations and recommendations.”The transition offers the Harvard Library “the gift of time” to focus on big-picture questions, Kennedy said.“This is new for Harvard,” she continued. “We have not said in the past, ‘We’re all going to work together to figure out what we want to do.’ We’re looking at how to leverage what we hold in common, and also to build on areas where we’re doing very exciting work, like digital preservation, our early steps in coalition building with other institutions, and collection development.“In some ways we need to be bold.”Rounding out the leadership team:Franziska Frey, head of preservation and digital imaging services and Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian. Frey joins Harvard from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she was the McGhee Distinguished Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in natural science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an M.S. in geography from the University of Zurich. Lisa Toste, director of human resources. In her 18 years at Harvard, Toste has held several human resources positions, including senior human resources consultant at Harvard University Library. A graduate of Boston College, she also is certified as a professional in human resources by the Society for Human Resource Management. Matthew Sheehy, head of access services. Sheehy previously served as assistant director of the library for the Harvard Depository, a position he held after working as acting director for reference and research services at the New York Public Library. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and an M.L.S. (with honors) and M.A. in music history at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Gosia Stergios, knowledge and information programs strategist and co-leader (with Kennedy) of the Library Strategy Development Program. Stergios previously worked as a strategy analyst for Harvard Business School’s Knowledge and Library Services. She holds an M.Phil. in history of philosophy from Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski (Poland), an M.A. in philosophy from Columbia University, and an M.S. in information science from Simmons College. Scott Wicks, head of information and technical services. Wicks joins the Harvard Library from Cornell University, where he held a number of senior positions, including, most recently, associate university librarian for central library operations. He earned an M.B.A. at Cornell, an M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo.last_img read more

Director advocates service-learning

first_imgThe more than 400 first years settling into campus aren’t the only fresh faces at Saint Mary’s this fall. Erika Buhring has taken up post as the new director for the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) and Experiential Learning Coordinator at the College. Buhring said her background attracted her to Saint Mary’s unique identity. “I’m a big believer in the private, liberal arts education,” she said. “I’ve lived in it, worked in it and I have a lot of respect for Saint Mary’s. I’m intrigued by the spirit of Saint Mary’s in that it is a women’s college.” Buhring, who graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, has years of experience with non-profit groups and various education organizations. She received her Master of Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago before becoming an assistant professor at Concordia University Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Mary’s, Buhring served as an assistant professor in the Educational Studies Department at Monmouth College in Illinois. Buhring said her experiences in the academic world will serve her well in her new position at the College. “I’m eager to learn what has been done before, but I’m also looking forward to creating new opportunities as we move forward,” she said. “My role is split between on- and off-campus work, and I find that very appealing.” Buhring’s role with the OCSE will focus especially on student-community relations. She said 70 percent of her work is with the Division of Mission, which involves various learning and volunteering opportunities. “I’m most looking forward to working with all of the students and getting them excited about working and learning about the community,” Buhring said. The remainder of Buhring’s role consists of working alongside and supporting the College’s faculty and staff, she said. “I am really excited to get to work with the faculty and all of their creativity,” she said. “I want to get people excited about integrated learning opportunities.” Buhring said she hopes the students and faculty who work with the OCSE will value the importance of volunteering in the community. She wants there to be a reciprocal relationship between the volunteers and the community, grounded in mutual support and collaborative learning, a relationship she believes will benefit students in the long term. “One of the biggest pushes I make is with students and getting them to have a connection between what they’re doing now, and how this work affects what they’re doing in the future,” she said. Buhring said the service and learning opportunities arranged by the office are intended to provide rich benefits to the volunteers, regardless of the type of work or group served. “I really like the idea of fostering the spirit of life-long learning,” she said. “Your work is not just for a grade. It is much bigger than that.”last_img read more

Students, patients, clinicians gather to raise rare disease awareness

first_imgThis weekend at the Morris Inn, the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare & Neglected Diseases hosted the 11th annual conference on advancing rare disease research, therapy and patient advocacy. The event aligned with the global World Rare Disease Day and was chosen to fall on Feb. 29 in order raise awareness for people living with rare diseases on the “rarest day of the year,” according to the website. The center’s director, Kasturi Haldar, explained why the organization holds the conference in tandem with World Rare Disease Day each year. “We need to raise awareness for these diseases because individual diseases affect a small number of patients,” Haldar said. “The more awareness that you can raise, the faster you will be able to draw attention.”While 30 million Americans suffer from rare diseases, Haldar said drawing attention to these diseases is very important with respect to human health.The conference began as a small meeting in 2009 as a lunch between colleagues at the Morris Inn to celebrate World Rare Disease Day, where each participant brought a friend who knew nothing about rare diseases. The conference has since then grown from a lunch to a two-day conference with attendees from all over the country. Outreach coordinator Barbara Calhoun said the theme for this year’s conference was rare disease patient advocacy. “We wanted to focus on how the University has many entities that collaborate together to assist rare disease patients,” Calhoun said. “Our goal is to be rare disease patient advocates through the clinical research we do, the laboratory research we do, drug discovery and through our students working with patients.”Calhoun said the conference’s purpose is to provide a setting for patients, their families, service organizations and professionals in the health field to gather in discussions.“The purpose of this conference is to provide patients with a forum for which they can share their experiences with the disease, whether it be from the perspective of their personal day-to-day life, their work with a patient service organization that they’ve developed and how that has helped their disease, and also we are looking at how our community, specifically South Bend, cares for those patients,” Calhoun said. The center offers a class open to juniors and seniors who play a role in the conference, Calhoun said.“We partner patient families with students in our rare disease class,” Calhoun said. “The students in the rare disease class learn all they can about one particular disease, and then they get to meet the patient family that has the disease.”Calhoun said the students also have the opportunity to work with clinicians who treat patients with the disease the students are studying, as well as researchers at Notre Dame who are working to develop treatments and therapies for the rare diseases. Haldar emphasized the importance of the family unit in treating and understanding a rare disease. “The families know a lot about their disease because they might see a doctor once a year or twice a year, but they live with their disease, and since the disease is quite unique, often clinicians don’t really know a lot about that disease,” Haldar said. Haldar said the families serve as a “repository” for information, and they want to share that information to raise awareness. While the first day of the conference consisted of keynote speakers, awards and a dinner, the second day of the conference included a number of panels discussions regarding what it’s like to live with a rare disease, clinical care models and patient advocacy at Notre Dame — among others — in addition to research sessions. The students in the rare disease class also presented posters on the diseases they studied.Calhoun said two awards were given at the conference to current Notre Dame undergraduate students. Senior Danielle Terek received the John M. and Mary Jo Boler Rare Disease Research Award.Calhoun said this award is given to an undergraduate student who has made a significant contribution in an area of research for a rare disease.Terek developed the first NORD summary for a disease called spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress (SMARD), Calhoun said.  Saint May’s senior Elena Kolarevic, who has a rare disease called Diamond-Blackfan anemia, received the Megan K. Crowley Award for Patient Advocacy. “She has worked with multiple patient service organizations and clinics to help other patients with rare diseases,” Calhoun said. “She is an integral part of what we look for in patients that are advocating for others.”Tags: rare disease day, research, The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseaseslast_img read more

Vermont State Dental Society Diabetes Education Program receives $10,000 grant

first_imgThe Vermont State Dental Society (VSDS) received a $10,000 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation to continue its Diabetes and Oral Health Program (DOHP) that was piloted in 2008. In a collaborative effort between the VSDS, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Health, the program offers on-site courses on the connections between diabetes and oral health to dental professionals. Since the inception of the program, two dental educators, Dr. Nevin Zablotsky and Dr. Gerald Theberge, have presented the DOHP curriculum to 32 dental practices over the state, reaching 277 dental office personnel.Peter Taylor, Executive Director of the Vermont State Dental Society, said, ‘The mission of the Diabetes and Oral Health Program is to ensure that practicing dental personnel have access to the latest information on diabetes and ways to identify and refer their patients to diabetes educational and treatment services. Ongoing financial support by the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has been critical to the program’s success.’Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has awarded grants to oral health programs in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont to help address oral health access issues. Based in Concord, New Hampshire, with a sales office in Burlington, Northeast Delta Dental offers dental insurance programs for organizations of all sizes and people with no access to employer-sponsored dental benefits. Source: VSDS. 10.20.2010last_img read more

Record 6.1GW of offshore wind installed in 2019–GWEC

first_imgRecord 6.1GW of offshore wind installed in 2019–GWEC FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The world’s total offshore wind capacity reached 29 gigawatts (GW) in 2019 following a record 6.1 GW of new annual installations, according to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The fresh additions last year represent a 35.5% jump on the figure reported for 2018, when a total of 4.5 GW were installed. China was the leader with close to 2.4 GW.Europe accounted for 59% of all new additions in 2019, with the Asia-Pacific region representing the rest.“While 2019 offshore wind installations were driven by established market leaders, over the next few years we will see more and more countries establish their offshore industry, expanding into new markets in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific,” commented Alastair Dutton, chair of GWEC’s Global Offshore Wind Task Force. He added that these emerging markets will require the right policy frameworks so that the world could pursue a wider build-out of capacity post-2030.The member-based industry organisation expects the world to install a further 50 GW of offshore wind parks by 2024 and approach a cumulative capacity of 80 GW. That would be a surge of 172% from today’s figure.[Ivan Shumkov]More: World adds 6.1 GW of offshore wind in 2019last_img read more

Why today’s digital disruption is good for your credit union tomorrow

first_imgWe’ve all been bombarded with the term “digital disruption” this year. (Not quite as bad as “omnichannel,” though.) There are many opinions behind this disruption whether it’s good or bad for credit unions. No matter your stance, it’s here and it has to be addressed to remain ahead of its proverbial curve. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Brindisi, Reed react to President Trump’s executive order on police reform

first_imgThe order encourages police departments to collect and track excessive force complaints. It has incentives for police to update their training certifications, and it employs mental health professionals to work with police to respond to some incidents. “I think it’s a good thing that the President and Democrats and Republicans in Congress are looking at reforms that will help improve relations between police and the communities that they are charged with protecting and serving.” Republican Congressman for the 23rd District Tom Reed said in a statement sent to 12 News: “We appreciate President Trump’s leadership on this issue because we care about the safety and security of communities across the country. Today’s executive orders are a significant step forward and prove you can facilitate meaningful reforms without undermining the incredible men and women who make up the law enforcement community.” (WBNG) — 12 News heard from Congressmen Tom Reed and Anthony Brindisi Tuesday on their reaction to the President’s executive order concerning police reform Tuesday. Democratic Congressman for the 22nd District Anthony Brindisi told 12 News:last_img read more

CDC braces for back-to-school flu spike, addresses vaccine worries

first_imgJul 17 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Novel flu activity is still going strong but dropped for the third week in a row, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today during a media briefing that also sought to calm fears about vaccine availability.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the CDC will probably follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) lead and phase out weekly reports of lab-confirmed cases, which grossly underestimate the true disease burden and divert resources from other pandemic response activities. She said over the next several weeks the agency will start adding new data and other enhancements to its weekly flu report to provide a more detailed profile of the nation’s activity.The CDC’s update today, however, reports that the country’s number of lab-confirmed cases has reached 40,617, of which 263 were fatal.In its flu surveillance report for the week ending Jun 11, the CDC said nine states reported widespread activity: California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, and New York. Twelve states and Puerto Rico reported regional influenza activity.More than 99% of flu isolates that have been subtyped are the novel H1N1 virus, the CDC reported. One of three cases of oseltamivir-resistant viruses detected worldwide was from a child who got sick in California and traveled to Hong Kong. Enhanced antiviral-resistance testing in California has not revealed any oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 viruses, the CDC said.One pediatric death from the new virus was reported during the past week, in a child from Massachusetts. Of the 90 fatal pediatric flu cases that have been reported to the CDC so far this season, 23 were novel H1N1 infections.Schuchat said the virus might be persisting through the summer, despite the heat and humidity, because of the US population’s low immunity to the novel virus rather than because the virus has mechanisms for coping with the conditions. However, she said the CDC doesn’t have the data to flesh out its theory about the summer spread.The CDC expects flu activity to start rising again in September, ahead of the regular flu season, which would coincide with kids congregating in greater numbers as school resumes, she said. The CDC and its partners are in the active stage of planning for a spike in pandemic H1N1 flu activity in early fall, she added.The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an emergency meeting on Jul 29 to discuss recommendations for which populations should be targeted for novel H1N1 flu vaccination and whether tiering the vaccine prioritization would be appropriate, Schuchat told reporters.Two federal officials who are involved in high-level vaccine decisions were on hand at the press conference to address recent questions that have cropped up about disappointingly low novel flu vaccine yield and potential international squabbles over vaccine supplies. The officials were Jesse Goodman, MD, the Food and Drug Administration’s acting chief scientist and deputy commissioner for scientific and medical programs, and Bruce Gellin, MD, director of the National Vaccine Program, Department of Health and Human Services.Gellin said federal officials have stockpiled antigen and adjuvant and that National Institutes of Health investigators, as well as researchers at vaccine companies, are starting to test both adjuvanted and nonadjuvanted versions of the novel flu vaccine. Stockpiling the bulk ingredients gives US officials greater flexibility in pulling together a safe and effective vaccine for its citizens, he said.Schuchat said the CDC has heard concerns about vaccine manufacturers in foreign countries diverting vaccine orders to their own populations. “From our own planning, this is not one of our current concerns,” she said. “We haven’t received any information that makes us question the supply of what’s been promised.”As for poor antigen yields that some manufacturers are reporting for the new virus, Schuchat said the CDC is not surprised and has already incorporated such yields into its planning and vaccine production expectations. “It’s within the range of our planning assumptions, but of course there could always be some surprises,” she said.last_img read more

SEIRD in Need of Volunteers

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County residents are being encouraged to volunteer at the Franklin County Recycling Center.The Franklin County Commissioners and Southeastern Indiana Recycling District have decided to fill a staffing shortage with volunteer help rather than close the Recycle Center during the week.At this time, Southeastern Indiana Recycling District is actively seeking qualified volunteers to assist on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.County employees will run the Recycling Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.last_img

Indiana joins Nurse Licensure Compact

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana Hospital Association announced that yesterday, Indiana becomes the 31st state to join the Nurse Licensure Compact.This will Enables nurses to practice in person or provide telehealth nursing services to patients located across the country without having to obtain additional licenses. It also allows nurses to quickly cross state borders and provide vital services in the event of a disaster.last_img