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March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015—Librarians, archivists, technologists and administrators gathered from across Harvard last week to hear Library Vice President Sarah Thomas reflect on the organization’s progress over the last six months, as well to share their thoughts on upcoming priorities and plans for the Library.

Thomas commended the progress on all ten of the Library’s strategic priorities, especially lauding accomplishments in enhancing discovery and delivery, which will be retired as a priority....

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File Under: Library Leadership
March 3, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to update you on our progress with regard to governance in the Harvard Library. Five Standing Committees that parallel our strategic objectives have been established and approximately 60 staff from across the Harvard libraries are now serving on them. Five Councils representing disciplinary and format groupings are envisaged as opportunities for interested staff to participate in discussions relevant to their work. Councils are open to all members of the Harvard Library community. Each of the Councils—Science; Special Collections and Archives; Arts, Design, and Music; Social Sciences; and IT—has begun to form and meetings are beginning to be held. An inventory of groups that used to meet or have been meeting over the last few years has been created, and our Governance Team is now aligning them with...

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March 3, 2015

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to Kate Kondayen, communications officer.

Kyle Courtney, Gregory Eow, Susan Fliss and Irina Klyagin

Kyle Courtney

Kyle K. Courtney recently spoke at the National Association of College and University Attorneys (...

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File Under: Staff News
February 24, 2015

February 24, 2015—Harvard’s libraries, collections and staff members were recently featured in campus and external media publications.

December 24: A Harvard Gazette story looked at ways in which the Schlesinger Library exhibit “What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War” explored the conflict's intimate, individual narratives.

The January-February issue of Harvard Magazine contained an article on the “Wild West” of academic publishing, looking at the troubled present and promising future of...

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February 24, 2015

February 23, 2015—What do The Grey Album, your last term paper, and Google have in common?

They all are made possible and protected by the fair use principle, which is being celebrated at libraries and universities nationwide beginning February 23.

Fair Use Week 2015 is designed to raise awareness of and foster better understanding of the legal doctrine allowing previously published, painted, filmed or played material to be used in the creation of new material, spanning everything from academic texts to musical mashups.

“The rights granted by the fair use statute—which aids education, news reporting, research and scholarship—give you the ability to stand on the shoulders of...

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File Under: Open Access

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