March 10, 2015—Space may be the final frontier, but its exploration has long been one of man’s pursuits, as shown in Houghton Library’s current exhibition Starry Messengers: Signs and Science from the Skies. Books and manuscripts display the scientific, artistic and mystical approaches to understanding the skies in the early modern world.
Items depict crucial moments in the science of comets, solar eclipses, and other phenomena, in which scientists often clashed with those who viewed celestial events as signs from God. Many of the items show the scientific overlaid with the ethereal, poignantly capturing humankind’s ever-shifting thought processes in the search for...read more
March 10, 2015—The Russian word samizdat comes from the combination of sam- or “self” with izdatel’stvo, “published house,” and roughly translates to “I publish myself.”
The word and the practices it describes both emerged in the 1950s in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, where writers were compelled to self-produce and distribute literature that was forbidden by the state. A recent panel discussion co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies brought together scholars and librarians to discuss not only samizdat, but also zines, the self-...read more
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.read more
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...read more
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Kyle K. Courtney recently spoke at the National Association of College and University...