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May 26, 2015

Commemorative cardsIn a longstanding Harvard tradition, the Chief Marshal is elected each year from the ranks of the 25th reunion class. The class of '90 elected Farai Chideya as Chief Marshal this year. The chief marshal represents all of the alumni of the University, presides at a spread honoring the assembled dignitaries and guests, and leads the afternoon alumni procession. Learn more by visiting the Chief Marshal page

This year, the Chief Marshal’s Spread will be held in Widener Library on Commencement Day, which is...

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May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015—Last year, the Harvard Library launched a fellowship program designed to immerse humanities graduate students in librarianship. The success of the inaugural Pforzheimer Fellowship program continues with the announcement of four new Pforzheimer Fellows and two additional fellowships, funded by Arcadia.

Both the number of libraries offering potential projects and the number of applicants increased this year. Professors Leah Price and Jill Lepore reviewed the applications with the support of Megan Sniffin-Marinoff and Molly Macke from the Harvard University Archives. 

“The archival research skills I will develop could be useful because my philosophical work is historically oriented,” said Pforzheimer Fellow Olivia Bailey, who in her academic career works on questions at the intersections of ethics, philosophy of...

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May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015—A review of the web analytics for the Harvard Library Portal shows that nearly half of users are heading to the homepage, which hosts a widget for searching HOLLIS+ (and HOLLIS Classic), research databases, images, archives, data, and more. Portal users come to the site in order to accomplish things, so it is no surprise that the "My Accounts" page, which provides access to services ranging from item renewal to interlibrary loan, tops the list of most popular pages. Users are also flocking to the “Search & Find” page to check out the major research databases and to the “...

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May 26, 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 the Harvard Library communications team at harvard_library@harvard.edu.

Murray BarskyMurray Barsky is lead author on a paper on sleep and memory in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Entitled “REM sleep enhancement of probabilistic classification learning is sensitive to subsequent interference,” the paper was based on research performed at Beth Israel’s Center for Sleep and Cognition, and explores the...

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May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015—Collectors have been important to Harvard’s libraries for centuries (ahem, John Harvard’s gift comes to mind, as well as Harry Widener’s will). Today, the Library celebrates collectors early in their careers via two prizes: the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting, and the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art.

Seven students were selected as recipients of the two prizes for 2015. The Undergraduate Prize is limited to bibliophiles—collections must focus on books. The Hofer Prize allows objects as well as books, and further widens the scope by accepting applications from graduate students. Cash prizes accompany the honor for winners.

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