August 26, 2014—Old habits may die hard, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. David Gordon Lyon, founder of Harvard’s Semitic Museum, Hollis Professor of Divinity and Hancock Professor of Hebrew and other Oriental Languages began keeping a diary in 1870 as an undergraduate and continued throughout the rest of his life. The 38 notebooks Lyon filled capture world events and 40 years of life at Harvard through a unique and personal lens.
This rich record, held by the Harvard University Archives, will be soon be more accessible to researchers thanks to a grant to transcribe them from the Lasky/Barajas Dean’s Innovation Fund for Digital and Humanities. The grant was to...read more
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Karen Beck, Mary Haegert, Honor Moody, Theresa Smith and Sandra Lee Parker Provenzano recently attended Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Karen, Mary and Sandra attended the course Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books; Honor and...read more
August 19, 2014—Last month, a new release of DRS software was put into production. The release included support for audio playlists in the new Streaming Delivery Service (SDS), the ability to store Level 4 (very sensitive) information in support of the EAS email archiving project and more. The full release notes are available here.
Also last month, two new DRS user groups were formed - the DRS Testing Group and the DRS Training Group. These groups will meet for the first time in September.
The DRS Testing Group will help test the usability of systems, the ability to perform deposit and management workflows and will provide feedback on system documentation. It will be chaired by Vitaly Zakuta from Library Technology Services (LTS), and...read more
August 19, 2014—In 2002, Harvard opened another online door to its vast collections via the Open Collections Program, an early effort to design web-accessible collections to support research, teaching and learning for anyone with internet access. The initiative posted 2.3 million pages of materials from across Harvard’s libraries online, which are still regularly used by researchers.
With initial funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, subject specialists from Harvard’s libraries, archives and museums collaborated with faculty members to create the first open collection, Women Working,...read more
Data Scientist Training for Librarians or DST4L is an experimental course being offered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library and the Harvard Library to train librarians to respond to the growing data needs of their communities. Data science techniques are becoming increasingly important to all fields of scholarship. In this hands-on course, librarians learn the latest tools for extracting, wrangling, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data. By experiencing the research data lifecycle themselves, librarians develop the data savvy skills that can help transform the services they offer.
The DST4L course is free and open to beginners. Registration opens on August 15th and closes on August 22nd. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted into the...