A Shout Out to Many: Thanks and Farewell to My Library Colleagues

tipofthehat A Shout Out to Many: Thanks and Farewell to My Library ColleaguesAs you may have read earlier this year, Harvard offered an early retirement package to many Library employees, and approximately 65 staff members took it. Now that the 1st of July is rapidly approaching (the date many will retire), reality is sinking in, and I’m realizing I’m about to lose a great many valued colleagues. I haven’t been able to find an exhaustive list of who is retiring, but I put together a list of names I knew about, along with names of folks who I know have moved on — or are moving on ‚ to jobs beyond Harvard, and when I took a look at it, I was pretty overwhelmed by the departures.

I can’t do an individual shout out to each, so I’m using this forum to say, Thank you! and All good wishes! and You will be missed! to these colleagues, with many of whom I’ve worked directly, and who have earned my respect, over the years. I’ve included their years of Harvard service when I knew it:

Chris Allen, Information Research Specialist, Baker Library, Harvard Business School, 29.5 years of service

Hal Bloom, Information Technology Manager, Baker Library, Harvard Business School, 16 years of service

Mark Blumberg, Library Assistant, Baker Library, Harvard Business School, 40 years of service

Joe Bourneuf, Research Librarian and Reference Collection Manager, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 39 years of service

Beth Brainard, Director of Communications, Harvard College Library, 14 years of service

Margaret Cianfarini, Manager, Acquisitions and Continuing Resources, Law School Library, 18 years of service

Mary Beth Clack, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 35 years of service

Elaine Clement, Head of Reference, Cabot Library, Harvard College Library, 11 years of service

Linda Collins, Head of Reader Services for Lamont and Widener Libraries, Harvard College Library, 12 years of service

Sheila Connor, Harvard Forest Archivist, Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library, 42 years of service

Martha Creedon, Systems Librarian, Harvard Library, 18 years of service (retiring December 31, 2012)

Wallace Dailey, Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Harvard College Library, 45 years of service

Mary Daniels, Special Collections Librarian, Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 32 years of service

Karen DeBerio, Director of Financial Services, Harvard College Library, 15 years of service

Marcia Deihl, Staff Assistant, Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, 29 years of service

Susan DeSanctis, Serials Acquisitions Assistant, Ernst Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology, 9+ years of service

Marina Eskin, Library Assistant, Law School Library

David Ferris, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Law School Library, 31 years of service

Gregory Finnegan, Associate Librarian for Public Services and Head of Reference, Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, 17 years of service

Doris Freitag, Conservator, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 46 years of service

Douglas Freundlich, Associate Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library

Dana Hanify, Department Administrator and Executive Assistant to Robert Darnton, Harvard University Library, 11 years of service

Jane Hedberg, Senior Preservation Program Officer, Harvard Library, 12 years of service

Monica Hileman, Library Assistant, Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library

Greg Hill, Library Assistant in the Binding and Shelf Preparation unit of Preservation and Imaging Services, Harvard College Library, 28 years of service

Michael Jimenez, Research Librarian, Law School Library, 21 years of service

Louise Johnson, Library Assistant for Bindery Preparation, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 60 years of service

Michiko Katsumi, Japanese Cataloger, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard College Library, 26 years of service

Janet Katz, Senior Research Librarian, Law School Library, 22 years of service

Ann Kern, Senior Cataloger, Bibliographic Services, Preservation and Imaging Services, Harvard College Library, 44 years of service

Dev Kernan, Library Circulation Supervisor, Harvard Kennedy School Library, 33 years of service

Stephanie King, Serials Assistant, Grays Herbarium, Botany Libraries, 10+ years of service

Jane Knuttunen, Cataloger in HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library, 42 years of service

Peter Kosewski, Director, Publications and Communications in the Harvard University Library, 12 years of service

Katherine Kraft, Senior Archivist, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, Radcliffe Institute, 25 years full-time service plus 10 years as a casual employee

Deborah Lemont, Acquisitions and Collection Development Activities Coordinator, Law School Library, 28 years of service

Donna Maguire, Staff Assistant to the Librarian, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School , 46 years of service

Vida Margaitis, Interim Head of Government Information and Data Services, Lamont Library, Harvard College Library, 43 years of service

Pam Matz, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 35 years of service (retiring June 2013)

Ken Mendoza, Library Assistant in Interlibrary Loan, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School, 20+ years of service

Debbie Kelley-Milburn, Research Librarian and Virtual Reference Manager, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 40 years of service (retiring June 2013)

Anne Miller, Cataloger, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women, Radcliffe Institute, 10 years of service

Peggy Davis Molander, Director of Development, Harvard College Library, 12 years of service

Ralph Montilio, Library Assistant, Tozzer Library, Harvard College Library, 22 years of service

Linda Nahas, Depository Operations Specialist, Harvard Depository, 15 years of service

Cathy Pfister, Serials Manager and Honorary Associate and Former Co-Master of Kirkland House, Harvard Herbarium, Botany Libraries, 16+ years of service

Russell Pollard, Interim Librarian and Collections Management Librarian, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 33 years of service

Ed Rosser, Library Assistant, Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, 32 years of service

Kathy Hunter Rutter, Manager for Western Europe in the Monographic Acquisitions and Copy Cataloging unit of Harvard College Library Technical Services, 33 years of service

Janet Scinto, Library Assistant, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, 30 years of service

Ranald Smith, Foreign Documents Specialist, Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information, Lamont Library, Harvard College Library, 37 years of service

Virginia Smyers Buxton, Manager, Bibliographic Services, Preservation and Imaging Services, Harvard College Library, 32 years of service

Grace Spindler, Library Assistant in the Metadata and Cataloging Unit of HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library, 47 years of service

Pamela J. Spitzmueller, James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University Library, 14 years of service (retiring August 15, 2012)

Danila Terpanjian, Senior Cataloging Librarian in the Metadata and Cataloging Unit of Technical Services, Harvard College Library, 26 years of service

Carol Tierney, Library Assistant for Monograph Acquisitions, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, 13.5 years of service

Beverly Treen, Library Assistant, Law School Library

Tylka Vetula, Serials and Acquisitions Librarian, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, 12 years of service

David Warrington, Librarian for Special Collections, Law School Library, 26 years of service

Deborah Jackson Weiss, Romance Language Cataloger/Selector for United States Law, Law School Library, 5 years of service

Lynn White, Manager, Patron Services, Preservation and Imaging Services, Harvard College Library, 38 years of service

Atsuko Yamashita, Library Assistant, Fung Library, Reishauer Institute, 12 years of service

In addition, these colleagues have left or are leaving to take new jobs beyond Harvard:

Tom Bruno, Head of Resource Sharing for the College Library, 14 years of service, is leaving Harvard to become Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves at Yale University

Mark Farrar, Assistant Director for Systems Management and Infrastructure for the College Library, 16.5 years of service, is leaving Harvard to become the Information and Communications Technology Manager at the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands

Sebastian Hierl, Librarian for Western Europe, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 7 years of service, is leaving Harvard to become the Director of the Library at the American Academy in Rome

Tom Horrocks, Associate Librarian for Collections at Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, 15 years of service, is leaving Harvard to become the Director of the John Hay Library at Brown University

Karen Storin Linitz, Head of Anglo-American Reference Services at the Law School Library, left Harvard to become the Director of Academic Technology and Innovation at Emmanuel College

Cheryl MacGrath, Head of Widener Library Access Services, 5 years of service, left Harvard to become the Director of the MacPháidín Library at Stonehill College

John Palfrey, Harvard Law School’s Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and vice-dean of Library and Information Resource, is leaving Harvard to become Head of School at Phillips Academy Andover

Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, Widener Library, Harvard College Library, 12 years of service, left Harvard to become Head of Collection Development at George Washington University

Brad Schaffner, Head of the Slavic Division, Widener Library, Harvard College Library,8 years of service, is leaving Harvard to become College Librarian at Carleton College

Stephen Wiles, Senior Librarian for Foreign, International, and Comparative Law at the Law School Library, 22 years of service, left Harvard to become the Assistant Director for Content Management at L.L.M.C. in Hawaii

Heartfelt thanks to you all.
Cheryl

P.S. ‚ if I’ve left out names it was from ignorance; if any colleagues read this and know of those I’ve left out, please do e-mail me at: claguard@fas.harvard.edu and I’ll update the list. Many thanks, C.

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.

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  1. Beata says:

    Thank YOU, Cheryl, for posting this formidable list!

    • Thanks for writing, Beata. I’ve been updating the list throughout the day (just added five more names) so you may want to go back in and take a look. And while I’m at it: YOU are MISSED, too!
      Best wishes,
      Cheryl

  2. John Collins says:

    Well done Cheryl. An impressive list of talent, commitment, and institutional history.

    • Thanks, John. It is an amazing group of people, and as happy as I am for them to be going on to new things, I’m very sad on my part for losing them from our midst.
      Best wishes,
      Cheryl

  3. Steven Riel says:

    At yesterday’s reception for the retiring staff in Harvard College Library Technical Services, several former retirees attended, which made the event all the more poignant.

  4. June Rutkowski says:

    Thank you for making this list, Cheryl. Seeing all these names and years of service listed is powerful. What is to become of us?

  5. Malcolm Hamilton says:

    Cheryl, I await the day when those who have done this will hold their heads and ask, “What have we done?!”

    Let me add my name to those responders above who send their best wishes to those who are departing. Their long years of service have helped to make this the greatest university library in the world.
    As retirees, you will receive an invitation from the Harvard University Retirees Association to join nearly 1200 of your University colleagues.
    Malcolm Hamilton, 37 years a Harvard librarian, now President of HURA

  6. Carrie Kent says:

    I don’t know, Malcolm. I’m afraid people who do things like this never ask themselves that question. Sadly, killing the past does not usually result in a bright future.

    Good of you to put this up, Cheryl. Add this to the even larger list of us who retired in 2009, and you have to ask the question: How many of you are left?

    Carrie Kent, 27 years at the Harvard College Library, and happily employed as the Director of Research Support and Instruction, Connecticut College

  7. Fran Giuffre says:

    Thanks, Cheryl, and Cheers to Tozzer Library listees: Greg, Marcia, Monica and Ralph. I took early retirement in 2009, but had the opportunity to come back for the past 6 months and work at my old library. I’m helping Tozzer with their transition-within-a-transition as the staff prepares a large portion of the collection for permanent/temporary storage at HD in response to a building renovation project. You won’t find a gamer bunch of library workers than my colleagues! I must re-retire, for now, and join the new retirees in the bittersweet experience of loss and cherished memories.

  8. Karen Storin Linitz says:

    Thanks, Cheryl! Wow, what a list of talent and institutional knowledge. I do and will miss so many of these folks. On a brighter note, life after Harvard can be delightful. Good luck to everyone… Come visit any time!

  9. Ann-Marie Breaux says:

    I think it would be pretty heartbreaking to walk into Lamont now. Even after being gone from Harvard for 14 years, it’s amazing how many folks I still know on this list. Thank you so much for posting it, Cheryl. There will never be another conservator like Doris Freitag. She’s one of the reasons I’m a librarian today. Told my parents I would heal broken books instead of becoming a doctor and healing broken people. (But then I got swept up in the excitement of acquisitions work and stayed there instead.) Mary Beth Clack – serials will never be the same! Russ Pollard was there for the early years of the Acquisitions Roundtable (which I’m not sure even exists any more…) And to see the curating and cataloging talent leaving the many special collections – teh Botanicals, Yenching, Teddy Roosevent, Isham, Schlesinger. Welcome to well-deserved retirement after so many years of service. But you will all be missed so much, not just by Harvard, but by the greater academic library community as well.

  10. Carrie Macfarlane says:

    Wow Cheryl, this is pretty incredible. So many familiar names, and so many years of service! Thank you for sharing, and thanks to everyone for their contributions.

  11. Jean Shady says:

    Cheryl, thank you, this is just stunning to read. Like Carrie I took the pkg in 2009. I wanted to move to raise my daughter near family, but I also worried that a large part of my job would be completed in a few years and I doubted that my position would survive reorganization. I was devastated this spring when I realized I would not get back to the Law Library before these retirements. It’s not just sentimentality over the passing of an era, but a lack of trust in the structure that is being built of our departures.

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