October 28, 2014—Pedestrians outside Lamont Library were appalled earlier this month to see books and papers sodden on their shelves, once-orderly stacks unfurling into a warped disaster zone. But a cheerful sign relieved tension and judgment—it was all part of the Library’s Emergency Response & Recovery Workshop, which trains library staff to save collections from the worst in the case of water-based damage from leaks or sprinkler systems.
Hosted by Preservation Services, experts gave demonstrations, lectures and lessons reinforced by hands-on practice over two days; over 48 Harvard Library staffers participated.
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Susan Cassidy joined the Harvard Library as the public programming and stewardship officer, where she will be responsible for coordinating the Library’s efforts to connect with patrons, scholars and potential donors, and will liaise with the University’s Development Offices in creating strategies for the Library’s Campaign.
Susan comes to the Library from the...read more
October 21, 2014—A recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation explored why the prices of journals are so high, why they grow faster than inflation, why they vary widely from publisher to publisher, why different universities pay different prices for the same journal and how these prices impede research and scholarship.
The session was led by Peter Suber from the Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication and featured Ted Bergstrom, an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara and a leading thinker on the economics of scholarly journals. Bergstrom also directs the Big Deal Contract Project, which collects data on journal prices, in collaboration with Paul Courant of the University of Michigan and R...read more
October 21, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Access Services Assistant (Library Assistant VI)—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 34039BR)
Research Librarian & Business and Corporate Law Specialist—Harvard Law School Library (Grade 57, Req# 34119BR)
October 20, 2014--Visitors to Lamont and Cabot, two of Harvard’s busiest libraries, now have the option to use new self-checkout machines to borrow library materials. The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, as well as to allow library staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, etc.
The machines are currently installed and are fully operational as of today, October 20.
Providing a self-serve option is one of several ongoing efforts by the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Library to respond to user needs, such as ...read more