In a move that brings together the leadership of the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Harvard Library under a single individual, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, has been named to carry forward plans for increased cooperation and communication as the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.In that role, Thomas will oversee all FAS libraries, according to an announcement today by Dean Michael D. Smith.The appointment comes just over a month after Thomas became vice president following six years as head of the libraries at the University of Oxford in England.Her dual leadership roles will be independent from each other. She will report to Smith on FAS matters, working toward better coordinating operations in the FAS system while still preserving the individual identities of each library, Smith said in an email to the faculty.“I’m very inspired by Drew Faust and her articulation of ‘One University, One Harvard’ and the benefits that can accrue to the parts by sharing their knowledge, their expertise, their collections, their facilities,” said Thomas during an interview at Wadsworth House. She called the FAS appointment “thrilling.”“If you look at what’s happening in the world today in terms of educational and research partnerships, there is a growth in global collaboration,” she said. “So if we can’t practice what we preach at home and have our own individual libraries work together or have our own Schools work together, how can we partner with Singapore or another part of the world? We have to learn how to put in place those modes of working together.”“A long and happy marriage”University Librarian Robert Darnton said Thomas’ vast experience makes her an “absolutely perfect” fit to lead the Harvard Library and the FAS libraries. “I think she was the best conceivable choice for Harvard,” said Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and a member of the Library Board. “She has such a spectacular career, and she’s so good with people and such an expert with books.”At Oxford, Thomas was Bodley’s Librarian, the first woman and non-British citizen to hold that post in 400 years. Before that, she was University Librarian at Cornell University for 11 years, served as president of the Association of Research Libraries, and held positions at the Library of Congress, among others.“She will be instrumental in helping the library to have an adequate place in the capital campaign,” Darnton added, noting the library’s fundraising needs.James Engell, Gurney Professor of English Literature and professor of comparative literature, said Thomas’ management style “seems to be extremely good. She seems to be tough-minded yet listens very well. She understands the complexities of Harvard’s libraries. And she understands that Harvard libraries have been going through a lot of transition in the last five years.”Engell, who is vice chairman of the Library Faculty Advisory Council, said that having a single person running the Harvard Library and the FAS libraries “makes sense” given the overarching goal of better connecting the libraries.“The thing that impresses me most about Sarah Thomas is that, with her experience and intelligence, she understands all of these complexities, and she does so without any factiousness or friction or ideological slant or preset sweeping goal in mind as she comes into this position,” he said. “There may be a honeymoon period, there may not, but my prediction is that it’s going to be a long and happy marriage.”At the invitation of Deputy Provost Margaret E. Newell and the Harvard Library Board, Thomas was brought in last January as a consultant to identify the libraries’ needs and propose how best to address them following what some would characterize as an unsettled period.“I was really struck by how important the library was, how much people cared about their library,” said Thomas of her winter visit.Her decision to leave Oxford, she said, was prompted by a sense of loyalty to the institution that first gave her a chance.“I’ve been associated with Harvard for a large part of my adult life in one way or another, and I thought, ‘Gosh, if there’s a way I can help bring this institution together, I would like to do it.’ ”“Indispensable for about five minutes”A Massachusetts native, Thomas grew up in Williamsburg, a tiny town in the foothills of the Berkshires. She traveled just nine miles down the road to attend Smith College in Northampton. After graduation, she set out for Cambridge to find her first job while she considered going off to law school or perhaps becoming a writer. Thomas found a position — as a searcher and filer at Widener Library.It was, she says, most certainly not love at first sight.“I never wanted to be a librarian,” said Thomas. “One of my best friends had come to me in my senior year of college and said, ‘Oh, Sarah, I know what I’m going to do, I’m going to go to Simmons [College] and be a librarian.’ And I thought, oh my God, that’s terrible!”After working at Widener, Thomas decided to go to graduate school to study German (in which she eventually earned a Ph.D.), and approached the inimitable Carol Ishimoto, then-head of technical services, to announce that she was leaving.“I went to tell Carol, and she said, ‘Oh, Sarah, I’m devastated. How will we ever replace you? This is dreadful.’ That was about 11 o’clock in the morning,” said Thomas. “At 1 o’clock, I came back from my lunch, and she had just appointed my replacement. I was indispensable for about five minutes!”Thomas said the experience stuck with her during her four-decade career. “It was a good lesson for me to learn that no one is really indispensable,” she said. “And it taught me humility.”It wasn’t until returning to Widener from abroad and being offered the chance to study library science with some financial help from Harvard that Thomas reconsidered a career that had once sounded unglamorous.“What I did see once I was inside a great library [like Widener]: Here you were in a place where the scope and scale of what was being done — and the depth of expertise, the knowledge that people had — was phenomenal.”“Getting people what they need”Although she knows that the libraries face a host of complex challenges that she will be expected to help overcome, Thomas said she has “not come in with any preconception” about how things ought to be handled.“I actually prefer to have … lots and lots of discussion with people about what are their priorities and to inspire people to think of creative ways to do things.”In the short term, Thomas said, she will focus on practical goals. “I need to learn more about what people are doing here at the University. Not just what’s in the library, but what the strategic goals are for the Schools and for the University. I need to then think about how we insert ourselves into that activity so we are supporting and collaborating in that.” Also, she’ll concentrate on “understanding the financial underpinning to make sure it’s sturdy [enough] to support those initiatives.”Asked how she intends to meet the needs of faculty, Thomas said, “The short answer to that is: People want more books. And I need to get them more books because that’s what they want. But the more nuanced answer might be: Which of these books do we need to own and store here centrally, or are there other ways to meet people’s needs and not spend as much on purchasing, ordering, cataloging, and storing material?”As for the collections, Thomas said the library has already prepared a report outlining strategic objectives for building content, which has been widely discussed and endorsed by the Library Board, and the next step is to continue those “worthy” efforts.Longer term, she intends to address the “twin pillars” for collections: expanding digital initiatives so more of the library’s archival treasures can be accessed, not only by Harvard scholars and students but by scholars around the world, and also making sure that Harvard’s paper-based collections of primary-source materials are preserved and accessible.“There’ll be a very strong commitment to developing collections because I think that’s an area where there’s been anxiety or dissatisfaction,” Thomas said. “We want to get people what they need and make sure when they want something, they know they can have it.”
An animal and dairy science class at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is gaining international experience by establishing a virtual collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the Institute of Animal Science (CAAS-IAS) in Beijing, China. This intercultural partnership allows students and faculty to sustain a joint scientific effort while travel is largely suspended due to COVID-19.Todd Callaway, now an associate professor of animal and dairy science at UGA, traveled to Beijing in 2017 to present at the American Dairy Science Association meeting as an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. There he formed a working relationship with CAAS professor Dengpan Bu and began to formulate ideas for a collaborative project in teaching and research between UGA and the China-based academy.After joining UGA’s faculty later the same year, Callaway continued working with Bu and the university to initiate plans and resources for a joint research and education program.Just over two years after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with CAAS-IAS, the determined pair has begun to put the plan into motion.“Our plan is to eventually expand this relationship to include undergraduate and graduate student exchanges,” said Callaway. “Like many scientific relationships, it began with meeting someone face-to-face and developing trust over time as we have worked on several papers together. The organic nature of a relationship like this is key to a successful joint program.”With an experimental template finalized and implemented at the beginning of the fall semester, the weekly journal meetings between the two agricultural science classes allow students to improve their scientific and cultural literacy while expanding their knowledge of global agriculture.“The UGA students reacted very positively and excitedly at the chance to have a unique journal club and to not just learn science, but learn about the culture of another nation,” said Callaway. “The opportunity to expand our graduate students’ education beyond the norms is highly beneficial to them, and they recognize this.”The focus on global collaboration and cooperation allows the students to expand their professional networks at an early stage in their scientific careers beyond their normal academic circle.Partnerships among complementary programs in separate institutions provide an opportunity for enhanced learning and growth for students and faculty outside of the pre-established environment. New structural limitations enforced by COVID-19 policies have forced universities to strengthen the focus on global learning in a virtual environment, allowing the creation of new methods and tactics to promote diversity among education.“Even without COVID, we know that in-person international education is not always accessible to all students due to financial and other barriers,” said Victoria McMaken, coordinator of international programs within CAES. “Exchange programs like Dr. Callaway’s joint journal club are essential in order to provide all students with opportunities to learn how to navigate other cultures and work in diverse teams without having to physically travel abroad.”For more information about UGA’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science, go to ads.caes.uga.edu, and for resources on international programs, visit caes.uga.edu/departments/international-programs.
President Trump spoke to the press before boarding Marine One on his way to Central Florida Thursday morning.He finally directly answered the question, “What exactly did you want the President of Ukraine to do when you asked him for a favor regarding the Bidens?”Bidens Ukraine ChinaTo which Trump responded, “If it was me, I would investigate the Bidens because there is no doubt that they are crooked. And he also said that China should also launch an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened in the Ukraine. Trump also went so far as to say that China has been able to rip off the US for so many years because corrupt politicians like Biden continued to give China a sweetheart trade deal.
South Africa is one of the world’s top tourism destinations owing to its diverse offering, world class infrastructure and positive global reputation. The country’s unique offering is that it boasts a range of exciting experiences including active outdoor adventure, wildlife safari, city lifestyle, scenic outdoors, cultural and heritage sites and beaches. This contributes to the global attractiveness of the tourism sector which creates important opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the country.As part of the Tourism Month 2019 awareness programmes, on 19 September 2019, Brand South Africa joined the South African Embassy in Qatar, South African Tourism and Qatar Airways at the South African Tourism Trade Workshop in Doha, Qatar, to unpack ways in which the Qatar tourism trade can contribute to the growth, development and continued success of the South African tourism sector.Speaking at the workshop, South African Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Faizel Moosa said “Tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy and it can increase the gross domestic product significantly.”“Tourism is a big contributor to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product. Every tourist that visits South Africa, sustains twelve jobs” added Sadiq Dindar, Manager: Middle East and Turkey, South African Tourism. The success of the tourism sector depends on the positioning of the Nation Brand as a globally competitive destination that is welcoming and culturally diverse. One of the ways that the country can ensure this, is by enhancing the ease of access for international partners seeking to visit South Africa. In light of this, in August 2019, South Africa announced that Qatar passport holders were visa exempted and could stay in the country for up to 30 days. Likewise, Qatar relaxed its immigration laws and South Africa became one of 80 visa free countries. This facilitation of easier travel will enhance cooperation and trade between South Africa and Qatar.In conclusion, Jimmy Ranamane, Programme Manager: Global Markets at Brand South Africa said “Connecting with global markets and diversifying the country’s global collaborations creates opportunities to showcase the country to a wider range of strategic potential investors and tourists.”
The Associated Press reported this week on the growth of lightsaber dueling in France , after the French fencing federation gave the nascent sport its official blessing.The International Fencing Federation, or FIE, said Tuesday that although it doesn’t include lightsaber fencing as one of its official disciplines, it is “interested in how this new event progresses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesResponding to AP questions sent two weeks ago, federation official Serge Timacheff said the FIE has been in touch with France’s federation about lightsaber events, rules, and equipment.By email, Timacheff said: “We are always watching new trends in swordplay, and we are interested in observing the development and adoption of it in the French Fencing Federation.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES PARIS — The international governing body of fencing is giving a qualified thumbs-up to France’s embrace of lightsaber duels.ADVERTISEMENT Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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