October 8, 2014—Research libraries may not know as much as click-obsessed Amazon does about how people interact with their books but what they do know reflects the behavior of a community of scholars unpolluted by commercial imperatives. While privacy concerns have forestalled making library usage data available to application developers outside and often within the library staff, a way around that is to create and share "stackscores" for each item in its collections. Read the full article on the Chronicle of Higher Education's blog.
Thank you all for being here today! I thought I would walk you through some slides that show some images and stories of things that are important to the Library.
The Library’s FY15 strategic priorities were identified at a June 2 Library Leadership Team retreat. We tried hard to limit these to ten! Sometimes there is mission creep, and I only have ten fingers and toes and that’s how I try to remember these things. What I hope we can do this year is focus on these priorities, accomplish them and have a wonderful feeling at end of year that we did them and did them well. Some we...read more
October 7, 2014—Research on the go for Harvard faculty, students and staff just got a little bit easier: they can now check out library resources from 12 partner university libraries while traveling and even bring them home. With the launch of Borrow Direct Plus, patrons affiliated with a Borrow Direct partner (and Duke University) can visit their libraries and borrow items in person, increasing convenience, eliminating some shipping fees and supporting environmental sustainability.
The Borrow Direct network was launched in 1999 to provide access to library materials by mail. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with this group of institutions to provide greater access to patrons while reducing...read more
October 7, 2014—The Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) team at Harvard Business School (HBS) kicked off the FY15 KLS Forum series with a case study discussion designed to encourage staff members to think critically about a culture of innovation through a non-library lens, led by HBS Professor Willy Shih.
Shih selected a case study on a plastics company that illustrated how organizational culture impacts behavior in the face of change. The group discussed what enables information flows, how to successfully implement new projects, how to improve products and services and how to determine and analyze success metrics.
The case study approach, first developed at Harvard Law School, encourages...read more
October 7, 2014—Harvard’s libraries, collections and staff members were recently featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Smithsonian magazine and the Harvard Gazette.
August 27: The Arnold Arboretum Library and its rare books collection was profiled in the Harvard Gazette.
August 28: The origin and history of the John Updike collection at Houghton Library was discussed in he Atlantic.
September 2: Dudley Garden, a “little-known...read more