Global assemblies. Several Yale Library staff members attended gatherings oversees looking at issues facing today's libraries.
Martha Lund Smalley, research services librarian at the Divinity Library, trained archivists from 20 different countries at the Asia-Pacific Forum for Library and Archives Management Training in Bangalore, India, in June.
In July, Smalley and Divinity Library director Paul Stuehrenberg traveled to Scotland for the annual meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity. The group alternates its venue between Yale Divinity School and New College, University of Edinburgh. Professor Lamin Sanneh of Yale is co-convener of the group.
Nine Yale delegates took part in the International Federation of Library Associations' annual World Congress, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 20-27. They were: University Librarian Alice Prochaska; Sandy Peterson, director of the library's social sciences and information services; Ann Okerson, associate university librarian for collections and international programs; Patricia Thurston and Rowena Griem, both specialists in the Sterling Library's Catalog Department; and five area curators: Rich Richie (South and Southeast Asia); Cesar Rodriguez (Latin America); Simon Samoiel (Near East); and Dorothy Woodson (Africa).
Five Yale archivists attended the XVth International Congress on Archives in Vienna, Austria, Aug. 23-30. Four presented papers: Richard Szary, director of the Manuscripts and Archives Department, on a collaboration between Yale, the Shoah Foundation and other universities to deliver digitized video of Holocaust testimonies for teaching and research; assistant director Christine Weideman and archivist Thomas Hyry, on their groundbreaking work appraising faculty papers; and archivist Diane Kaplan, on fostering the use of Yale's archival holdings. The fifth delegate was archivist Judith Schiff.
Cambodia project. Two University librarians visited Cambodia this summer in conjunction with a Yale-sponsored project to microfilm archives documenting the Cambodian Genocide 1975-1979. Ann Okerson conducted workshops for the Open Society's Institute's Electronic Information for Libraries project, training local information workers in ways to advance national goals for general information literacy and higher education, and Rich Richie both supported the institute's workshops and concluded the current phase of microfilming work in Cambodia.