2019 Spring - Personal & Institutional News
Column Editor: Sharon Clayton
Vol. 42, no. 2
ESS member, Sue Waterman is retiring. Here is her note to us all :
"My contribution is about an ending, not a beginning, but I would like my colleagues in WESS to know that I will be retiring in December from the Johns Hopkins University. I've been the librarian for German and Romance Languages and Literature there for nearly 23 years, and have been working part-time, remotely from my home in the Virginia Blue Ridge, for nearly 5 years. I have many fond memories of the WESS conference in Paris back in 2004, and feel privileged to have known and worked with so many wonderful colleagues from all over the country. WESS members were always generous in their advice and assistance whenever I had a question or tough research query. Heartfelt thanks to you all. I will turn my attention, come January, to my writing (still trying to get that book published, based on my Nijhoff research grant!), to finally having time to read, to my 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren, and to keeping up with the gardens and fruit trees on our little piece of paradise here at the foot of the Blue Ridge. Charlottesville is 30 minutes away, and the University of Virginia library is superb. I'll still be spending time in the library!
Warm regards to all, Sue Waterman"
Yelena Luckert, Librarian for Jewish and Slavic Studies at The University of Maryland Libraries, is co-editor of the following book ~
Luckert, Yelena, and Lindsay Inge Carpenter, eds. The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices. Chicago: ACRL, 2019.
She notes that many of the articles in the book deal with collections, study abroad, instruction, and other subjects that could be of interest to ESS members.
ESS member Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian, at The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library of The American Academy in Rome, announces that they have updated their Digital Library presence on the web. Sebastian writes that "The site now provides access to over 42,000 images pertaining to archaeological sites throughout Italy and the Mediterranean, including of sites in Turkey, Libya, Syria and Iraq now damaged or lost—as well as photographs pertaining to the history of the Academy. The site will continue to grow over the coming months, as we add more collections. In addition, the Academy contributed photographs by Ernest Nash to "The Urban Legacy of Ancient Rome: Photographs from The Ernest Nash Fototeca Unione Collection"—which is a project by the University of Oregon, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and Studium Urbis at and which features over 1,295 photographs of Roman buildings, monuments, and sites taken by Ernest Nash throughout the mid-20th century"
Sebstian notes that "anyone traveling to Rome for research now has an additional resource to quickly access the research collections of 23 libraries through the URBiS portal at — the latter now unites the collections of the following 23 libraries (with close to 3 million unique holdings):
ESS member Claude Potts has let us know that The University of California, Berkeley has an new online exhibit The Languages of Berkeley.
The UC Berkeley Library has recently launched an online library exhibition that celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at Berkeley. It takes the form of an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one blog post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the their original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis—librarians, professors, lecturers, staff, and students. Many of these early-published works are now in the public domain and are open to the world to read and share without restriction. The exhibit will reach completion in Fall 2020 and then be archived with other online library exhibits.
ESS member, George Paganelis,,, let us know the following sad news :
"The University Library at California State University, Sacramento mourns the passing of Prof. Speros Vryonis, Jr., one of the most eminent scholars of Hellenic and Turkish civilizations of the 20th century and the architect of the University Library’s Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection. “It’s easy to marvel at Dr. Vryonis as a towering intellect and prolific scholar, but his accomplishments, as he would tell you, had as much—if not more—to do with hard work and discipline,” notes George I. Paganelis, Curator of the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection. Upon the closure of the Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism, Vryonis was instrumental in the decision to bring the center’s library to Sacramento State, where it was renamed in honor of its benefactor and Sacramento State alumnus Angelo K. Tsakopoulos. He also advocated for the creation of a full-time curatorial position to oversee its care and growth in the University Library. “Dr. Vryonis was a consistent supporter of my work to enhance the collection. He was very generous with his time and encouragement, and his praise was the highest compliment I have received in my professional life,” Paganelis adds. Read Vryonis’full obituary.
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