Columbia University Libraries' Curator Invited to Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians

NEW YORK, August 19, 2004 - Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, curator of the Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers at the Columbia Libraries, was selected as one of twenty-four participants invited to attend the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. The Institute’s mandate is to better equip librarians from underrepresented groups, who are early in their careers, with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain the positions they seek and to succeed as professional librarians. The Institute will be held in October 2004.

Evangelestia-Dougherty, who graduated from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, worked as an archives assistant at Harvard University before joining the staff at Columbia University Libraries, initially as the David Dinkins archivist, and then as the curator of the Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this historically successful program that addresses my interests in diversity and leadership,” said Evangelestia-Dougherty. “The Institute promotes the understanding that life-long learning and mentorship are conditions for success in our profession.”

Participants at this year’s Institute will attend a series of workshops and seminars offered by experts from the University of Minnesota Libraries, local academic community members, and the Association of Research Libraries Office of Management Services (OMS). At the conclusion of the Institute, participants will have gained expertise in critical areas, a better understanding of themselves and behaviors in complex organizations, and a long-term peer group for mutual support and networking.

Established in 1991, the Minnesota Libraries Residency Program for underrepresented groups was one of the first in the country, and in 1998, it offered the first week-long Institute. OMS provides the leadership development component of the Institute. OMS has extensive experience in designing and delivering training, which integrates managerial and leadership concepts with applicable workplace skills. Other components of the Institute are presented by University librarians along with other experts in the University and community.

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library owns over 600,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 26 million manuscripts in nearly 2,600 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children's literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. For additional information about the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, please call 212-854-5153.

The Herbert H. Lehman Suite and Papers holds the personal and professional papers of Herbert H. Lehman, lieutenant governor, governor, senator of New York, and Director General of the United Nations' Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), as well as fourteen related collections of his political associates. The Lehman Suite’s 1.25 million items include Lehman’s personal reference library, his extensive collection of memorabilia and files of correspondence with president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard M. Nixon.

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