Adieu to Alison Scott

Alison Scott, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, Librarian for North America, and Senior Collection Development Librarian here in Widener Library, is leaving Harvard on February 29 to take a new job as Head of Collection Development at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Alsion came to Harvard in September 2000 after her seven years of service as Head of the Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. As the Charles Warren Bibliographer, she oversaw all of Widener’s world-famous collections of materials documenting American history and culture, and she worked with colleagues throughout HCL and HUL to support and coordinate acquisitions of specialized, unusual, rare and unique materials. As Librarian for North America, she was responsible for Widener Library’s new acquisitions of materials in the humanities and social sciences published in the United States and Canada. Among her many projects as Senior Collection Development Librarian, Alison led the HCL Food Studies Working Group in their efforts to create a model for interdisciplinary collection development policies for the new Harvard Library.

On a personal note, Alison is one of my most brilliant, witty, and astonishingly knowledgeable colleagues. The depth and breadth of her library collections’ wisdom is superb, and she will be sorely missed here. Best wishes for a continued resplendent career, Alison!

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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, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.