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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015Perma.cc helps scholars, journals and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work. The project, which began in 2013, won this year's Webby Award for best website in the law category. Read more about its purpose, usage and origins here.

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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015—Pictures say a thousand words, and Shared Shelf, the Library’s latest image cataloging tool, captures them all. The over 4 million images in the Library’s collections should now be even more discoverable through the use of Shared Shelf, which replaced Harvard’s proprietary system OLIVIA last month.

Shared Shelf grew out of a collaboration between nine institutions and ARTstor in response to the growing use of, demand for and importance of visual objects in library collections. Harvard was one of the earliest participants in the project, and much of the functional design grew out of the experience and expertise of the Library’s image catalogers and Library Technology Services (LTS)...

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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015—April has always brought a moment of reflection for those connected to Widener Library, since it marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which prompted the library's benefactor Eleanor Elkins Widener to commission its construction as a memorial to her son, Harry, who perished in the disaster. This year also marks the centennial of the library's opening, and at a recent event, book lovers and collectors came together to mark the anniversary and remember the family, whose passion has long supported and inspired Harvard's scholars.

"Great deeds can arise from tragedy," said Tom Hyry, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, in his introduction at the event. "In remembering and celebrating Harry Widener, we acknowledge him to be an exemplar of the long tradition of the symbiotic...

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April 27, 2015

April 28, 2015—While myriad projects and initiatives in research, teaching and learning (RTL) continue to progress across the Library, the strategic highlighted priorities for its continued growth have made substantial strides: spreading of best practices system-wide by creation of a learning group and hiring of online learning librarians, and increasing understanding of faculty use of information.

Understanding faculty library use was undertaken via participation in and administration of the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, a national survey running triennially since 2000. A local version, which was launched in November and closed in January, included modules on discovery, access, research dissemination, and data management and preservation.

“It is important to continue to gather more and more data about how people are using...

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April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015—To accommmodate increased demand for study space for Law School students during the Spring Term Exam period, the Harvard Law School Library will have Restricted Access in place from Tuesday April 28 through Thursday, May 14. During this time, only Law School affiliates will be able to use the Law Library for study hall purposes.

Harvard University affiliates who need to borrow regular loan materials from the collection or use a part of the collection can check in at the circulation desk, or order items to one of 18 different pick-up locations on campus via Harvard Direct, which can deliver requested materials from one site to another within four business days.

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