The ANS has named its new librarian. Below is the text of the press release. Welcome to the numismatic fraternity! -EditorThe American Numismatic Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Hahn to the Francis D. Campbell Librarianship. She took up the position on July 1, 2008. Ms Hahn comes to the position during an exciting time as the ANS is currently in the process of moving to its new location at One Hudson Square.
Ms. Hahn is a trained librarian and completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Long Island University. Her interest in specialized libraries compelled her to pursue a concentration in rare books and special collections as well as a certificate in archives, and she is particularly delighted about the extensive rare book collection at the Harry W. Bass Jr. Library at the ANS. When asked about her goals for the library, Elizabeth said that she is interested in updating the catalogs and databases in order to increase the efficiency of access to the collections. We live in a world where technology is constantly evolving and we need to keep up with those changes, she said. This is an excellent collection and it is important to convey the message to our members and the public of what resources we have and how they can be used.
Ms Hahn trained as an archaeologist and numismatist and has extensive library and museum employment experience. She holds a Master of Arts degree in maritime archaeology and history from the University of Bristol and a Master of Arts degree in classical art and archaeology from the University of Virginia. She is fluent in Italian and has a reading knowledge of German, French, ancient Greek and Latin. Elizabeth has worked on various excavations both on land and underwater in Sicily, Israel, and North America and spent a summer working at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece. The ANS has played a fundamental role in my graduate studies, Elizabeth said, commenting on the research she conducted for a Masters thesis on the Greek coinage of Sicily and southern Italy. I have used the collections and resources in the past and I am thrilled to have the opportunity now to be a part of how those resources develop.
The ANS librarian position became vacant after Frank Campbell retired after working at the ANS for over half a century. During his tenure the ANS library grew enormously to a world-class library in numismatics. We are very fortunate to have found such a well educated librarian as Elizabeth, who has experience in libraries and numismatics. I am sure that the Bass Library in the new headquarters will be a popular place for academics, students and collectors, said Dr. Wartenberg Kagan, Executive Director of the American Numismatic Society.
The American Numismatic Society is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2008. With its numismatic collections and library it is generally recognized as one of the foremost centers for numismatic research and education in the world.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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