Preserving the future

first_imgTwenty years ago, you might have found Debora Mayer at her worktable in Harvard’s campus center, bent over a fragile 17th-century drawing. She would be carefully marking a photocopy of the drawing, recording each place the original document had been repaired, and eventually moving on to the next item in a steady rhythm of independent work.Mayer, who is now the Helen H. Glaser Senior Paper Conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center, works a bit differently today. She prepares collections for treatment using high-resolution, digitally scanned images, which are then entered into a database to preserve records of how and when items were treated.But the key change is that seven other conservators are working with Mayer on her current project, which is unusual for many conservation labs but common for the Weissman Center.“We work in teams; we have checks and balances,” Mayer said. “Our strength is that we’re a very collaborative lab.”As the Weissman Preservation Center celebrates its 20th anniversary, Preservation Services Director and Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian Brenda Bernier said the emphasis on collaborative problem-solving has been key to the center’s success.Looking to the next 20 years, Bernier said, “That’s something I want to continue to foster and grow.”The center was founded in March 2000 with a gift from Paul Weissman ’52 and his wife, Harriet. The Weissmans said the need for library funding resonated with them, as longtime benefactors of their local library who knew its importance as a cultural center.,During the two decades since the center’s founding, staff have worked with hundreds of thousands of items from Harvard Library collections. They’ve prepared daguerreotypes for digitization, mended crumbling 14th-century land records, treated ceremonial swords to preserve the metal, and stabilized burned-book fragments to be loaned to the Imperial War Museums in London. They’ve also led training programs and workshops on handling, repairing, and displaying special collection materials.As the Weissmans put it, center staff “work to preserve countless treasures for use by students, faculty, and researchers, now and in the days to come.”“We feel privileged and honored to have our names associated with such a meaningful enterprise,” the couple added.Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian Martha Whitehead said the work of the Weissman Preservation Center is key to the vision she has been developing since joining Harvard last summer.Senior rare book conservator Alan Puglia works with 400-year-old manuscripts.“Much of my vision for Harvard Library is focused on greater access and engagement with our collections, and preserving for the future. The conservators at the Weissman Center are central to this,” Whitehead explained. “Without the conservators’ understanding of how to properly treat items in the collections, we wouldn’t be able to digitize these items, share them with researchers, or teach with them in classrooms, now and for generations ahead. Our mission would be hampered greatly.”A total of 18 staff members now work in the Weissman Center’s light-filled lab on Mount Auburn Street, which features cabinets of chemicals and protective goggles alongside paintbrushes and jars of paste. Books on the technical and historical aspects of preservation are stacked on shelves underneath large, custom-made worktables. The calm precision of the lab staff as they work belies the magnitude of their charge: Collectively, they are responsible for millions of items in special collections across Harvard.“That’s where the power of programmatic thinking and collaborative thinking comes in,” Bernier said.Erin Murphy, the James Needham Chief Conservator at the Weissman Center, said the library system model has enabled more preservation projects that cut across traditional library siloes.,For instance, photo projects curator Melissa Banta’s current project is to help prepare 10,000 salted-paper prints for digitization. The prints are held in 12 different repositories across Harvard, but they will be searchable in a single online database when the project is complete.For Banta, who has worked in preservation at Harvard since 1992, working with curators across campus through the Weissman Center “has been fantastic,” she said. “It’s this bird’s-eye view that allows you to work with all these different repositories.”The collaborative nature of the center is key to cross-disciplinary objects as well, Murphy said. One project might require expertise in both photos and bookbinding — which is not a problem when these experts sit only a few desks away from one another.As the kinds of materials staff work with diversify, more projects fall under the “cross-disciplinary” category. “We have a 20-year track record of adapting to change. Collectively, we’ve proven that we can do this, so I have a lot of confidence that we can take it to the next level.” — Erin Murphy, the James Needham Chief Conservator Conservators still work with 400-year-old manuscripts, but they also work with photographs, textiles, plastic, digital prints, and even audio-visual materials. Banta has worked with photos on microfilm and CD-ROMs, while senior rare book conservator Alan Puglia said recent projects have included everything from marble to Scotch tape. His most recent work involved preparing burned book fragments, some barely more than clumps of ash, to be shipped to London for display in a museum. He sewed the remains of pages together with microfine thread and created foam supports to secure the fragile items during shipping.Murphy said it’s becoming more and more common to hear things like, “Can I exhibit these plastic airplanes from the 1940s?” or “We have this wrought-iron candelabra, what do we do with it?”The sheer number of items with which staff work continues to grow, as well. As more printed items are slated for digitization, Weissman Center staff are seeing a higher volume of requests like preparing a full manuscript to be scanned and made usable in digital form without damage.As Murphy and Bernier look to the future, they anticipate a continuation of trends like preparing materials for digitization, especially as Harvard Library aims to make more of its collections freely available online. They also expect to see more requests to stabilize items for exhibition, like Puglia’s project for the Imperial War Museums.Whatever Harvard’s future preservation needs turn out to be, Bernier and Murphy have the utmost confidence in the collaborative model of the Weissman Preservation Center.“We have a 20-year track record of adapting to change,” Murphy said. “Collectively, we’ve proven that we can do this, so I have a lot of confidence that we can take it to the next level.”last_img read more

Can you trust your lawyer?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greetings Folks. I’m on my way to Syracuse where I hope to see some of you shortly and put some of my hard-earned money at risk at Turning Stone but first I wanted to tell you about an interesting takeaway from a New York Bar Association conference on cybersecurity that I attended yesterday.Many credit unions are scrambling so fast to keep up with the latest technology being demanded by those darn millennials and their increasingly savvy parents and grandparents that using vendors often makes good business sense. However, every time you use a technology vendor you are opening up the credit union to potential cyber risks such as the stealing of personally identifiable information.I know you already understand this but I for one never thought about the fact that your lawyer is also a vendor, a vendor that often has access to some of the most intimate information about the credit union’s information. For example, if you’re considering a merger then you’re exposing reams of data about the credit union and probably transporting it over the internet. Let’s say you’ve done a Fair Lending audit and want the results to remain confidential. Chances are your attorney has access to that information. And can you imagine what would happen if all those emails you’ve been exchanging about that potential sexual harassment or discrimination claim falls into the wrong hands. You get my point. continue reading »last_img read more

Krispy Kreme offers healthcare workers free doughnuts for 7 weeks

first_imgOn Wednesday, Krispy Kreme doughnut chain announced that they are giving back to the healthcare workers who are on the front line of the nation’s current pandemic.Krispy Kreme is offering healthcare workers free doughnuts every Monday from March 30 through May 11.The promotion starts on National Doctor’s Day and ends during National Nurses Week.Healthcare workers can go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell the employee what they need and show their employer badge for free donuts!Hey healthcare pros! You all are incredible. As a sweet #THANKYOU for all you’re doing, we’ve got FREE dozens for you on #Mondays from #NationalDoctorsDay 3/30 through #NationalNursesWeek 5/11. Click here for all info! #KrispyKreme: @cappiern— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) March 25, 2020last_img read more

Dominican Republic to host Caribbean Club Championship

first_imgCONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio MIAMI, United States, CMC – The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium will host the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship this year.CONCACAF announced here yesterday that the semifinals, third-place match, final and playoff match will be staged at the venue in Santo Domingo from May 8-13.Five clubs are participating: Arcahaie FC (Haiti), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic), Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic), Waterhouse FC (Jamaica), and the to be confirmed 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion.“The Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship is the pinnacle of club football in the Caribbean, providing fully professionalized leagues and their teams with a clear pathway to Confederation wide tournaments,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio.“After an exciting group stage in Jamaica earlier this year, we are pleased to bring the finals to the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo for what should be a thrilling fourth edition of this important championship.”The group stage of the 2020 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicked off on January 29 in Kingston, Jamaica, with six teams battling for four semifinal spots. Group A saw Jamaican club Waterhouse power to a first-place finish with a draw versus Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic and a win over Haitian club Don Bosco. The Dominican club claimed the second place in the group, with two ties.In Group B, Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic finished top of the group, with victories over reigning FCCCC champions Portmore United of Jamaica and Haiti’s Arcahaie. The Haitian side secured a semifinal spot with a win over the Jamaican co-hosts.The group winners will face the second-place finishers of the opposite group. The two semifinal matches are scheduled for May 8. The third place-match and final, which will determine the Caribbean representatives in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, will be played on May 10.Once the 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria required to participate in a Confederation wide club competition, an additional playoff match will be disputed on May 13, between the fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship and the Shield Champion.The winner of that game will claim the last spot for Caribbean clubs in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.last_img read more

Angels GM Billy Eppler encouraged by the development of young players

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels acquired left-hander Miguel Del Pozo from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Del Pozo, 26, has never appeared in the majors. He has a career 4.29 ERA, but with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings over 329 innings. He was sent to Salt Lake. “He’s a left-handed reliever with a really good breaking ball,” Eppler said. “We’ll see if he’s a candidate to come up at some point.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 1-3, 5.09) at Red Sox (RHP Rick Porcello, 10-8, 5.54), 1:05 p.m., Fox Sports West Certainly, some of those players have performed better than others, but as a group they’ve given Eppler hope that the team is developing the kind of young core necessary to have a sustained winner.“I think they’ve been doing great,” he said. ”They’re handling the responsibility and I feel good about how they’ve developed and how they are competing and learning and growing. Quite frankly, they feel like guys we’ll be able to trust, right now, but also as we move later in the season and future seasons.”That could make a difference this winter.Eppler has always insisted that decisions on acquiring premium players partly hinge on the state of the franchise. The team has to have a strong enough core for the new players to make a difference.Although Eppler wouldn’t commit to any types of acquisitions this winter, he conceded that the franchise “is in a different place than what it was last winter.” Eppler added that the Angels did go after some “premium guys” last year, too, even though they ended up missing out on them.CANNING CLOSECanning is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow, and then he could rejoin the Angels rotation a few days after that. Canning is on the injured list because of elbow inflammation.“I feel really good,” Canning said. “No issues. I don’t think any of us were really expecting to be (serious). It really was just little inflammation.”ALSOKeynan Middleton is set to resume his rehab assignment at Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday. Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, had a setback last month after pitching in four minor league games. Eppler said Middleton would need three to five games in the minors before he could be activated…Noé Ramírez will also pitch for Inland Empire on Saturday, the first of his two scheduled rehab outings. Ramírez has been out with a viral infection. Once he is ready to be activated, he will have to serve his three-game suspension for hitting Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros. The Angels will have to go with 24 players for those games…Andrew Heaney, who will come off the injured list to start on Saturday, will be able to go up to about 80 pitches, Manager Brad Ausmus said…Left-hander Adalberto Mejia rejoined the Angels after being claimed on waivers. The Angels optioned two-way player Jared Walsh to create a spot on the 25-man roster…Related Articlescenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros BOSTON — Out of the rubble of an Angels season that has gone the wrong direction lately, Billy Eppler sees at least one positive takeaway.“I’ve been very encouraged by the young guys that have come up here,” Eppler said from Fenway Park on Friday. “Very encouraged. I’m very pleased with how they’ve handled the things they’ve been asked to do, some of them quite frankly before they were ready to.”The Angels will have to take those type of moral victories where they can get them, now that they’ve slipped out of the pennant race by losing 11 of 13 games.Lately, because of injuries and ineffectiveness of some of their veterans, the Angels have relied heavily on rookies like Luís Rengifo, Matt Thaiss, Griffin Canning, José Suarez and Patrick Sandoval, along with second-year players like David Fletcher and Jaime Barría.last_img read more

Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB to throw at minicamp next week

first_imgThe Panthers begin their three-day minicamp Tuesday, and it’s fair to say that all eyes will be on quarterback Cam Newton. Specifically his right arm.Why all the attention? Because, reports, Newton will throw the football. Cam Newton throwing football, on schedule in recovery from surgery A cautious approach is to be expected because this is not the first time Newton has battled shoulder issues in his eight seasons with Carolina. January’s procedure was the second on that shoulder in less than two years.Newton, who turned 30 last month, passed for 3,385 yards last season, with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and a career-high 67.9 percent completion percentage. But his yards gained per pass completion was a career-low 10.6 as he continually threw short.“He’s done an outstanding job with his rehab and just being accountable to get his shoulder in the best shape possible,” quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said, per “Mentally, with me in the classroom, he’s just been great. He understands how important all of this is. He’s progressing, and he’s excited about it. We all are. He’s got a chance to have a really great year.” Cam Newton will throw at minicamp 😀— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 8, 2019This is the (first) moment Panther Nation has been waiting for since he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder in late January to repair whatever it was that deflated his arm strength and severely limited his effectiveness last season. Such was the concern for Carolina that Newton didn’t play the final two games of the season, and then the Panthers selected quarterback Will Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.Fans shouldn’t expect to see Newton flinging the ball over the practice field. He is only scheduled to throw during quarterback drills, according to the website. Related News “This is all part of the rehab process,” head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, per “Cam has worked extremely hard this offseason with his rehabilitation and his preparation.“He’s going to continue the throwing program Tuesday, and we’ll advance it as we monitor his progress. He’s achieved every milestone we’ve set out for him so far in preparation for this.”As such, Newton is expected to be limited in his number of throws to stationary targets. The team has not indicated when he will participate in team drills.last_img read more

Letter to the editor: All good things come to an end

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Thank you for your input. +11 Vote up Vote down Steve · 247 weeks ago Linda you have been a great asset to Sumner County and all of the organizations you worked with, as well as a good friend. May God bless you and your family in your retirement. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 247 weeks ago Thank you for your dedicated service. May you have a great retirement. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down lenora · 247 weeks ago There is a difference between bankruptcy because you had a catastrophic illness or a business venture which fails due to the economy. Some things are out of ones control. But those who run up thousands of dollars in credit card charges for the latest fashions, fancy meals , vehicles or vacations they cannot afford simply lack self-control and use poor judgement. Those who use poor judgement and lack self control, I prefer NOT to have in charge my local government. If they cannot use good judgement and make good choices with their own money why would I trust them with my tax dollars. Report Reply 2 replies · active 247 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Sarah · 247 weeks ago Where did this even come from??? Let alone that is rude wgat you said. Linda is a wonderful lady and you must not know her. She goes out of her way to help anyone who is in need, She is ALWAYS the first one to jump in to help. Let alone she teaches children some of the basic necessities of life and how to survive on their own. I loved her baby sitting program. If it was not for her I would not have been able to be a great babysitter and be able to have babysat in families till their kids were old enough to stay home alone. Report Reply +7 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 247 weeks ago Lenora, I think this post was meant for my column. Please send me a message and I can switch it at [email protected] Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Denise Kinyon · 247 weeks ago Best of Luck in your retirement Linda, you truly have been a blessing to many in and out of the work field. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Ken Carothers · 247 weeks ago Linda, we appreciate your hard work and dedication while working with the youth of Sumner County. You have had a positive influence on many youth and adults. Thanks for your years of service Enjoy your retirement. Ken and Shari Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor: All good things have been a great beginning, and mine was January 1, 1976. They also come to an end. I have announced my retirement as the Sumner County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science and 4-H and my last day in the office will be Dec. 31, 2015.I want to thank each and every one of you for welcoming me to Sumner County. When I started the extension office was in the basement of the courthouse and newsletters were printed on mimeograph after carefully tracing pictures on the stencils. I can truly say that technology has changed through the years.The best part of the last 40 years has been you – the people of Sumner County. I am so grateful that you were willing to share your talents and your time. I will truly miss seeing and hearing from each of you. I learned so much from all of your questions. Never stop asking them.It was wonderful to work with the Extension homemaker units at one point there were 27 throughout the county, where we learned together at Craft Day and put on some amazing Christmas Idea Day events. One memorable time was inviting Elizabeth Dole as the keynote speaker for the EHU District Meeting.I love working with the kids, in the schools, and especially in 4-H. It is still the greatest youth organization I can imagine, offering young people a chance to learn and do about anything as well as go about anywhere they want. Project interests change but the learning is available. Volunteers make it all happen, we love our volunteers.Thank you for your support through the years and dream big to help K-State Research and Extension Sumner County meet the needs of Sumner County citizens. Work to make the future bright for us all.Linda MirtCounty Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Science and 4-H.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more