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Roberta L. Kovitzhas been appointed Head, Manuscripts and Archives Cataloging, Special Collections. Her responsibilities include creating Horizon online catalog records for the manuscript and archives collections housed in Special Collections, providing electronic access to information previously available only in print. Ms. Kovitz received an MLS from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, an MA in French from Stanford University, and a BA in French from Wellesley College. She brings considerable library and archives experience to Special Collections, primarily from her work with the Harvard University Archives. In her position as Assistant Curator for Bibliographic Control and Special Media, Ms. Kovitz oversaw the preservation, description, cataloging, and reference area for the non-print collections, including photographs, motion-picture films, audio recordings, china, and other objects. While at Harvard, Ms. Kovitz also held the positions of Curatorial Associate for Bibliographic Services and Curatorial Assistant for Visual Collections. She also worked for the Schlesinger Library of Radcliffe College, and the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachussetts. She may be reached at 702-3349 or">

Sara Seten Berghausen began her position as Assistant to the Director in July 1996, working closely with the Director and Deputy Director, providing support for their activities, and coordinating a range of special projects. Ms. Berghausen received her MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MA in Russian Literature and BA in Comparative Area Studies and Russian from Duke University. Formerly Reference Intern, Reference Department and Library Assistant in the International and Area Studies Department at Duke University Library, she also worked in the library at UNC's School of Information and Library Science. Ms. Berghausen began her library career at Duke as assistant to the Slavic Bibliographer. In addition to her library experience, Ms. Berghausen has taught Russian in Duke's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, has worked as a resident advisor in the Duke University dormitory system, and as an intern in the office of Senator Paul Simon. She may be reached at 702-3732 or">

James Vaughan was appointed Access Services Librarian on December 1, 1996 following a national search. Mr. Vaughan had been Acting Head of Access Services since August. He received his MLS in 1975. He came to the University as Head of Access Services in Crerar Library in 1984, following the merger of Crerar with the University of Chicago Library. He had worked at the previously independent Crerar Library since 1980, and prior to that was a librarian at Elmhurst College for five years. Mr. Vaughan brings substantial experience to his new appointment, whose responsibilities include the Regenstein operations of general circulation, reserves, privileges, security, stacks maintenance, and self-service photocopying, Interlibrary Loan, and document delivery services for the Library as a whole. He may be reached at 702-8351 or">

Fritz Whitcomb has been appointed to the position of Physics/Astronomy/Technology Bibliographer and Coordinator for Science Networked Information Services at the John Crerar Library, succeeding Ammiel Prochovnick, who retired in July. Mr. Whitcomb had been serving in an acting capacity in this position since August 1996. He received his MLS from the University of Michigan and a BA from Hiram College. He began his library career at Michigan, where he was a Library Associate in the Engineering Library, and he was also a librarian in the Science and Engineering Library at SUNY-Buffalo for two years. Mr. Whitcomb came to the University of Chicago Library from Buffalo in 1994 as Science Reference Librarian/Biomedical Specialist. His work in Crerar has included significant development work for the Science Web pages, the CIC HealthWeb project, and maintenance of the science reference collection. He may be reached at 702-8552 or">

Rebecca Woolbert has been appointed Science Reference Librarian/Biomedical Specialist at the John Crerar Library. Her responsibilities include providing formal and informal library orientation and instruction, assisting in the development and maintenance of the science reference collection, and providing specialized research assistance to the faculty, students and staff of the Biological Sciences Division, the Pritzker School of Medicine, and the University Medical Center. She received her MLIS from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a BA in Education and Psychology from Skidmore College. Prior to coming to Chicago, Ms. Woolbert was Graduate Assistant at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU, where she provided research assistance, managed the serials collection, and designed and maintained a web page for the Center. She has also interned at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics' National Reference Center for Bioethical Literature, and worked as a volunteer at the Health Sciences Library of the Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center. She may be reached at 702-7569 or">