Library Board names executive director

first_imgThe Harvard Library Board today named Helen Shenton as the first executive director of the new Harvard Library, turning to a veteran of the British Library to develop a more coordinated management structure for the oldest library in the Western Hemisphere.The decision came at the first meeting of the new board, which will oversee the work of the executive director as it reviews strategic plans for the new system and establishes a funding model to support it.“Helen believes strongly, as do I, that academic libraries must not only collect and preserve materials and offer expert guidance to students and faculty alike, but must also be engines of innovation in this exciting time of change,” said Provost Steven E. Hyman, chair of the Harvard Library Board. “I look forward to working closely with Helen as we transform the greatest university library of the last century into the flagship university library of the 21st.”Known as a strong strategic thinker, Shenton was a member of the British Library’s senior leadership team involved with the restructuring and transformation of the institution, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collections, with more than 150 million items in its holdings. Her purview as head of collection care there encompassed conservation, training, research, collection, security, and storage for the library’s entire collection, which ranges from the Magna Carta to substantial, diverse digital materials.Shenton came to Harvard earlier this year and has played a key role in a detailed analysis of the current decentralized system as a member of the Library Implementation Work Group, which recommended the restructuring.“I am honored to accept this role at a transformative time for the world’s greatest university library,” Shenton said. “The digital future is here, all around us, transforming the way we teach, learn, research, communicate, and live. As the new Harvard Library’s first executive director, I feel a responsibility to be true to the institution’s legacy even as we make changes to adapt to the rapidly changing technological and intellectual landscape of the 21st century.”  At the British Library, Shenton played a key role in confronting many of the issues that the Harvard Library will face in the coming years concerning digital preservation, library space, storage of print and digital materials, and evolving patron needs.The British Library credits Shenton with transforming its collection care department into a world-class operation. Under her direction, the library established the Centre for Conservation, made up of state-of-the-art studios for preserving printed materials and sound; conserved more than 1.3 million items; increased access for readers by producing more than 152 million surrogacy frames and images; took part in major projects such as the virtual reunification of Codex Sinaiticus (the earliest New Testament in the world); and built digital preservation expertise.In her new role, Shenton will be responsible for establishing a coordinated management structure for the libraries that balances the need for School-based decisions regarding patron-facing activities with the need for a more harmonized approach to strategic, administrative, and business processes.“My immersion into the Harvard libraries has entailed a great deal of listening and learning. I have been privileged to see some fantastic examples of collaboration between faculty and library staff and of best practices in general,” Shenton said. “One of the most exciting challenges is to harness these ideas and this energy to create a culture of innovation and continuous improvement for the new Harvard Library.”last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Partner Spotlight – FusionStorm

first_imgDell EMC President of Global Channels, OEM and IoT Solutions Joyce Mullen recently told CRN how we are focusing heavily on driving better collaboration between its direct sales teams and channel partners. Dell EMC partners continue to make the difference, our partners deliver on the promise of IT, digital, security and workforce transformation.In this episode of Dell EMC The Source, our Partner Spotlight is on FusionStorm. FusionStorm is an award-winning IT solution provider with national U.S. coverage and global distribution capabilities.Back in 2015, FusionStorm’s Regional Vice President – Southwest Jason Myers shared with Senior Vice President of Global Channel for Dell EMC Cheryl Cook on our Direct2Dell blog that:“Dell has shown tremendous consistency and momentum in its channel partner program while laying the groundwork for innovation that will pay dividends for years to come. As a result, we’ve enjoyed a great partnership and driven 120 percent growth in our business with Dell this year.”And in 2016, they were named Dell EMC’s Enterprise Solution Provider of the Year.In 2017 CRN named FusionStorm to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.I sat down with Dan Serpico, CEO FusionStorm during the Global Partner Summit 2018. We talked partnership and extending Dell Technologies infrastructure to solutions providers and joint customers. FusionStorm is a leader in hyper-converged infrastructure helping our customers deploy faster, driving business results.Serpico told CRN in February this year that Dell, in fact, is now FusionStorm’s number one brand with profitability for the vendor at an all-time high with the FusionStorm sales force.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Hammock Camping 101

first_imgThe cool breeze gently swayed my hammock, rustling the boughs of the pine trees above me. A faint sliver of sunlight peaked through my tarp. I could hear Adam’s gentle breathing in the hammock next to me. He shifted positions, still deep in sleep, the fabric groaning under his weight.The hour digit pinged 7 a.m. on my watch. I turned off the beeping alarm before it could disturb him. Sliding out of my sleeping bag, I quietly inched away to the lake we were camped beside. Its placid waters hardly stirred in the early morning dawn, the stillness mirroring my own inner stillness. I stretched, feeling suddenly very awake. I had slept through the night without waking once, an accomplishment in and of itself for any overnighter in the woods, let alone one spent in a hammock.Adam and I have spent a fair amount of time swingin’ from the trees. In 2014, during his thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Adam camped every night in the ENO hammock he bought when he was 16. During my 2011 NOLS semester in the Amazon, I slept in a hammock for nearly two months, after which I immediately bought my own hammock setup. Clearly, something about sleeping between two trunks spoke to us.We’ve had our bouts of failure, for sure: misjudged tree distances, unexpected storms, insufficient rigging, relentless bugs (there’s also that one time I fell out of my hammock that I don’t like to talk about…I may or may not still have some residual bruising). It’s not unlike a work of art, setting up the perfect hammock camp. There’s a finesse to it, a proficiency that comes only with time.So if you’ve just recently made the swap from tent to hammock (or are thinking about it), check out our top 10 tips and tricks for getting the perfect hammock camp!_MG_0700Make it work for you.Adam likes his hammock a little loose, with his head higher than his feet. I like mine a little tighter, a little straighter, so I can spread out diagonally and feel as if I’m laying on a bed. Don’t listen to any one person’s advice on hammock rigging. Experiment, and get it comfortable for your body!Set up your rain tarp, even if it’s sunny.Chances are, you’re going to be camping in the mountains, where fickle weather patterns can change without a moment’s notice. Even if you only set up your tarp halfway, at least you’ll know it fits the distance between the trees before the storm lets loose._MG_1041Always have a drip line.There’s nothing worse than waking in the middle of the night to discover that, while your tarp might be holding up just fine, your hammock is still soaking up water from the tree straps. Fashion a little cordelette on either end of your hammock, attaching it to the carabiners, and watch the water trickle down the line and away from your cozy cocoon.Try rigging a ridgeline.I always carry enough additional cordelette, longer than the length of my hammock, to fashion a ridgeline. This line runs directly over my hammock, and while some use it to support their tarp (try tying two prusiks to keep it taut), I like to use mine to hang headlamps and wet socks as well. If you want to get real fancy, ENO makes some cool Twilight backcountry Christmas lights which can easily wind around the ridgeline for additional lighting. While a little less fancy, their Moonshine Lantern serves a similar function and comes equipped with a hook for hanging on your ridgeline.Invest in a non-inflatable sleeping pad.Adam and I both use Therm-a-Rest Z Lites, which are lightweight and flexible. You might not think you’ll need it, but trust us—that gentle breeze rocking you to sleep will also, eventually, make you numb with cold. You don’t need much, just another layer between you and the fabric, but it’s essential._MG_1022Come prepared with stakes.Not every campsite is going to have perfectly placed roots, rocks, or other natural elements to secure your tarp to. Stakes take the guessing out of rigging, though if you do happen to forget (or worse, lose) your stakes, try burying a solid stick horizontally under six inches of soil. Place a hefty rock or other weighty object on top, just for some extra security.Higher is not better.So, though it feels really cool to be swinging up high in the trees with your feet dangling below you, it’s not a very practical place to be hanging out all night. For starters, getting in a hammock is hard enough close to the ground, let alone when you have to jump up into it. Secondly, if and when a storm hits, you want to be as low to the ground as possible (try for two to three feet) so the wind isn’t gusting rain up underneath the tarp.Secure everything.Curious critters, wind, rain, you name it, if it’s not put away before you hit the hay, it could very well be gone or damaged tomorrow. Hang your pack from the hammock’s carabiner. Tie your shoelaces together and slap ’em over your ridgeline. Make everything neat and stormproof, so that even if it’s your first time in the backcountry, at least you look like you know what you’re doing.Consider a groundsheet.When you opt for a hammock instead of a tent, all of a sudden, simple things like changing clothes and putting on shoes can become chores. Make it easy with a groundsheet. Adam carried a piece of Tyvek with him on the trail (which he also staked out) so he could have a nice clean, dry surface to stand on before getting in his hammock. This also helps reduce the amount of gravel and dirt that inevitably winds up in your hammock, too.Be conscientious about your hammock’s position.If it’s windy, don’t set your hammock up so that it acts like a sail and less like a bed. If you have even the faintest hint of breeze in the air, notice it, and try to avoid hanging your hammock so that it’s broadside to the draft. There’s truly nothing more annoying than hearing your tarp flap against your hammock all night long.last_img read more

IOTA rule amendment debated

first_imgIOTA rule amendment debated Cooke said the change also would require any institution that wants to handle IOTA accounts to offer the same market rate of interest or dividends on products available to non-IOTA depositors with comparable balances. Authorized investments would include FDIC insured accounts, daily bank repurchase agreements (REPOS) or appropriate safe-guarded investment products such as government money market funds. Currently, IOTA funds can only be held in federally insured checking accounts or REPOS. A. Hamilton Cooke “We simply want to have the IOTA accounts treated with the same parity with non-IOTA accounts,” Cooke said.Under the current program, Cooke said, total IOTA revenue will amount to about $11 million this year, and has been steadily falling since the mid-1990s as interest rates have waned and bank service charges have risen. Cooke said at its peak, IOTA was generating about $19 million a year for legal aid, administration of justice, and law student assistance programs.Cooke said the Foundation sees the rule amendment as the best way to combat a “whipsawed combination” of low interest rates and high services changes that have forced the Foundation to reduce grants by 15 percent over the past two years.Bar President-elect Terry Russell told the court the Bar Board of Governors also supports the rule change. He said at any one time about $1.5 billion is being held in Florida IOTA accounts, but that money is only generating annual revenues of about $10 to $11 million for the Foundation. That’s due in large part to market forces not coming into play to provide competitive investment return on the accounts, he said.“I think the law firms that create these accounts simply have no motivation to see to it that the returns on these accounts is similar to what it would be in another environment,” Russell said. “This has sort of left the financial institutions free to deal with these IOTA accounts in a discriminatory way.”Russell said the rule change “is a good, fair, equitable solution” to bring the market competition into play, which should boost the return on IOTA investments.Cooke also told the court that the Foundation has worked out language in the proposed rule that is acceptable to the Florida Bankers Association.“I absolutely have no problem with a rule which specifically says you have got to treat [IOTA accounts] fairly,” said Tom Cardwell, who represented the Florida Bankers Association at oral argument. “We are not troubled by that rule at all.”Justice Peggy Quince asked why credit unions, which were included in the Foundation’s original rule change petition to become eligible to hold IOTA accounts, was removed from a later filing.Cooke said it was learned that there is not insurance available on credit union accounts, except with respect to members of the credit union.Since credit union insurance only applies to members of the credit union, a trust account that consists of many accounts holding money belonging to people who are not members of that particular credit union, would not be covered by the insurance, Cooke said.“We felt that with that not being the posture, that we ought to take credit unions out at this point,” Cooke said. IOTA rule amendment debated Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Opening the IOTA program to financial institutions other than banks and requiring those holding the trust accounts to pay interest rates or dividends commensurate with those offered to their non-IOTA depositors will go a long way toward providing more legal assistance to Floridians whose legal needs would otherwise go unmet.That’s the message Florida Bar Foundation President A. Hamilton Cooke brought to the Supreme Court June 4 during oral arguments on the Foundation’s petition to amend the IOTA rule to allow financial services companies — such as Morgan Stanley or Merrill Lynch — to hold IOTA accounts. Justice Pariente Justice Barbara Pariente asked if money market accounts were safe places to invest IOTA account money. “We are dealing with large money market accounts consisting only of government securities and minimum [total assets] of $250-million, and we believe that is a safe investment,” Cooke said. “If this court permits this, I’m sure the Foundation will continue to explore options of trying to ensure if there is any risk we can meet that. We feel this is a very minimal risk.” June 15, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News Pariente also wanted to know the criteria for determining if banks are treating IOTA accounts fairly.Cooke said while each bank is going to have its own individual criteria, the Foundation will look to make sure that criteria is being applied evenly.“We are looking at what each bank offers, and if you offer this as a standard vehicle for non-IOTA accounts, we are basically saying with the rule for that bank to be eligible for IOTA accounts it must offer that same product to the IOTA account,” Cooke said.“We are going to be monitoring it in every way we can. If we feel like banks are not treating IOTA accounts fairly, then we are going to try to bring that to their attention,” Cooke said. “If there is no relief at all, we would be going to the firm and saying that bank is not an eligible institution for IOTA funds.”Cardwell noted that in setting rates banks often take into consideration other business relationships that bank has with the particular account holder, such as size of the account, loan relationships, and business referral agreements. He said there are often legitimate reasons why some accounts get higher interest rates than others, but said the banks will be able to justify those rates to the Foundation.Under the plan, the Foundation, not the lawyer, will be responsible for monitoring usage of banks’ and financial services companies’ existing products available to non-IOTA depositors in order to determine compliance with the IOTA rule.The proposal calls for no action to be required of law firms unless and until an attorney’s or law firm’s bank becomes ineligible to hold IOTA funds because of its unwillingness to offer products in compliance with the rule.In that instance, the Foundation would advise the attorney or law firm that their financial institution had become ineligible to hold IOTA funds.However, in the event a bank is in compliance with the comparable interest rate or dividend provisions of the rule, but is unwilling to remit interest directly to the Foundation, in order to accommodate law firms, the firm would be permitted to maintain its account where it was situated and remit directly to the Foundation rather than be forced to change institutions.As part of the plan, the Foundation also said it will independently work with banks and financial services companies to develop appropriate products which are in compliance with the IOTA rule.That would include providing them computer and technical support needed to remit IOTA earnings to the Foundation and conduct the required reporting.last_img read more

Six steps to fulfill your brand promise

first_imgBranding is about more than just marketing to consumers. It’s about developing a promise that helps the organization connect with its members through employee engagement and interaction.That’s the word from “Promises, Promises: How to Ensure Your Financial Institution Lives Up to its Brand,” a white paper from The Members Group (TMG).“A brand promise is the statement you make to consumers that identifies what they should expect for all interactions with your people, products, services and company,” says branding expert Jean Wilcox.Once a brand promise is developed, credit unions must make sure it remains consistent with both the credit union’s consumer experience goals and what members want.That’s where having a brand champion can be helpful. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Commends Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Legislation

first_imgGov. Wolf Commends Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Legislation Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today thanked Senate members for their bi-partisan passage of JRI2, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment initiative, to address the high cost of incarceration, among other criminal justice reforms.“I’m very grateful to the Senate for understanding why JRI2 is so important in Pennsylvania’s continued pursuit of commonsense criminal justice reform, and for passing it unanimously,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to this legislation coming to my desk.”JRI2 consists of three Senate bills: Senate Bill 500 (Sen. Baker) creates a County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Senate Bill 501 (Sen. Killion) amends Title 42 and Title 61 and incorporates the Work Group’s policy recommendations in four primary areas – State Intermediate Punishment; Short Sentence Parole; Swift, Certain and Fair punishment for technical parole violators; and the Department of Corrections’ Boot Camp, a recidivism reduction program. Senate Bill 502 (Sen. Bartolotta) amends the Crime Victims Act, making changes to notification provisions and compensation.All three bills unanimously passed the Senate on June 5, 2019, and were referred to House Judiciary on June 6, 2019.JRI2 will:Address the high cost of incarceration in the state;Structure increased funding for county probation and strengthen support for evidence-based programs and effective supervision;Improve sentencing policies to further reduce recidivism; andImprove and streamline access to a State Drug Treatment Program to address addiction and reduce recidivism.Gov. Wolf has made criminal justice reform a priority, consistently working with both sides of the aisle on multiple initiatives, including:A Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.Signing the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.Signing Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signing Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.Signing Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.Signing Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.Experiencing a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime. June 18, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Call to review teen abortion law

first_imgStuff co.nz 26 April 2015Young pregnant teens don’t have the mental maturity to understand the implications of an abortion, new research suggests.Parents should be involved in the abortion decision, rather than giving all girls, no matter what their age, the right to consent, Otago University masters law student Michael Morrison said.The current “clumsy” legislation that allows teens to chose to have an abortion without their parent’s permission is outdated and should be repealed, he said.“We’re relying on an ancient piece of legislation.”Morrison’s law and ethics essay, which argues this case, has won second place in an international academic writing competition.The paper has been published in the latest edition of the Asian Bioethics Review.In New Zealand children aged under 16 generally need their parent’s permission to undergo medical procedures, except when it comes to abortions.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/68052527/Call-to-review-teen-abortion-lawREAD THE REPORTlast_img read more

Thousands march in France to condemn ‘domestic violence’

first_imgAround 35,000 people participated inthe march in Paris, police said. PARIS – Tens of thousands of peopletook to the streets in this capital and other French cities on Saturday toprotest against domestic violence, after over 130 women were believed to havebeen killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year. The #NousToutes association, whichorganized the protests, estimated the turnout much higher around 100,000 inParis and 150,000 across France. The demonstrations took place two daysbefore the government is due to publish the results of an investigation intodomestic violence.  center_img Demonstrators carry signs to protest “femicide” and violence against women in Paris, France on Nov. 23. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANN Other marches took place in Frenchcities such as Lyon, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, and Lille.(Reuters)last_img read more

US evacuates from Japan virus ship

first_imgAn American passenger gives reporters the thumbs up while arriving with others at Haneda Airport in Tokyo for a flight home, where they will face further quarantine after already being locked down on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan. AFP More than 70,500 have beeninfected across China by the COVID-19 virus as the world battles to contain theoutbreak that has sparked panic buying and jitters over the global economic impact. Outside China, the biggestcluster of infections is on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama,where coronavirus cases have climbed quickly to 355 despite passengers beingconfined to their cabins during a 14-day quarantine. (AFP)center_img TOKYO – The United Statesflew home its citizens from a coronavirus-infected cruise ship in Japan Monday,with other nations preparing to follow suit as global concerns grow over thespread of the disease and the death toll at its Chinese epicentre topped 1,700.last_img read more

Update MMH and City of Batesville to hold press conference today

first_imgThe meeting is being moved to roughly 12:30p and is meant to relay information on continuing to keep the community safe and healthy.   Margaret Mary Health in conjunction with the City of Batesville will hold a press conference today at noon to discuss the coronavirus pandemic. We will bring you live coverage of the press conference on-air and on our listen live app. Batesville, IN—UPDATE: click here to watch the meeting in full.last_img