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July 18, 2014

No blame will be assigned if you have never heard of the Massasoit Varnish Works or B.T. Babbitt’s Best Soap. And rest easy if you have forgotten that during the late 19th century, for the modest sum of 50 cents, you could purchase from the New York Dental Co. of 7 Tremont St. in Boston a device for the painless extraction of teeth. 

And yet blame and shame are all yours if you don’t see “The Art of American Advertising,” an exhibit open through Aug. 1 at Baker Library. The idea: illustrate the rise in America of artful, profit-making, culture-shaking advertising from 1865 to 1910. Read the full story.

File Under: Exhibitions, Baker
July 18, 2014

For many, the name Fritz Lang is synonymous with the image of a futuristic female robot, the haunting poster child for his 1927 science fiction classic Metropolis. But the Austrian-born director was a master of many genres, as visitors to the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) will see for themselves in the coming months. Beginning Friday and running through Sept. 1, the HFA will present a complete retrospective of Lang’s silent and talking feature films. With almost 40 works in total, the series is a tribute to the director’s remarkable range. Read the full story.

File Under: Harvard Film Archive
July 18, 2014

Picture this: it’s a Thursday night in Lamont and you are madly typing away on a paper due the next morning. You’re calmly searching the internet for sources when all of a sudden, you have an emergency. There’s an awesome totally relevant article you found on Google Scholar, but you don’t know how to cite it. Lucky for you, this fall the Harvard Library system is launching its “Copyright First Responder” program, which includes a dozen library staff members who have been specially trained to answer questions related to copyright law. Read the full story.

File Under: Open Access
July 18, 2014

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that as of August 15, 2014, Harvard Yard will become completely tobacco free.

We are currently working on a separate communication to students and other units within the University, as well as to visitors and tour groups. Signage will be posted in Harvard Yard on the evening of August 14 and cessation materials and resources are already available through the Department of Health Promotion & Education.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions for communicating this with the broader Harvard community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Paul J. Barreira, MD
Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene
Director, Harvard University Health Services

File Under: Library Leadership
July 16, 2014

Beginning Thursday, July 16, faculty, students and staff will experience a new process for submitting ILL requests via Find It!

Harvard Library Resource Sharing and Library Technology Services collaborated to streamline the ILL submission process by automatically populating the ILLiad form with the patron’s citation information. Whenever and wherever a patron clicks Find It @ Harvard link for an item not owned or licensed by Harvard, the Find It menu will offer a new link to Get It! This link connects to ILLiad and automatically populates the request form with the patrons citation information.

The key improvements are:

  • Increased efficiency and accuracy! Patrons will no longer be required to re-key citations into the ILLiad request form.
  • Automated inclusion of standard numbers (OCLC, ISBN, ISSN) in...
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