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February 3, 2015

Research, Teaching and Learning librarians from Ivies Plus institutions gathered at Harvard Law School on November 7, 2014 to share ideas and best practices and to continue as a community to build cross-institution connections. Content and lessons from the conference were shared online

February 3, 2015

February 3, 2015—The following positions are currently available in the Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

HMS Archivist/Records Manager—Harvard Medical School (Grade 56, Req# 34855BR)

Collections Digitization Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 34811BR)

Survey Archivist—Harvard Library, Harvard University Archives (Grade 56, Req# 34787BR)

Continuing Resources Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 51, Req# 34762BR)

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January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015

Dear colleagues,

I hope you all have stayed warm and dry today. After closely monitoring the progress of the storm today, University officials have announced that we will reopen and classes will resume at Harvard tomorrow. Individual Schools will be in contact about specific local arrangements. As such, all libraries with the exception of the Schlesinger Library will be open on a normal schedule beginning at 9:00 AM. I know we can work together to provide service even if some of our colleagues can’t make it in. This is important for our residential community, and I know they will be grateful for our support.

We understand that travel will be difficult tomorrow.​ Please remember that your safety comes first, and exercise caution as you return to campus. Disruption is likely as we all continue to...

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File Under: Weather
January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015—The Library Services Platform Project Scoping Team recently hosted an open meeting to share its preliminary findings in the research process to consider the selection and implementation of Harvard’s next catalog system via a library services platform.

The group is currently in a scoping phase during which they are evaluating the current options in order to determine when a change from the current integrated library services system (Aleph) will begin. The group will present its recommendation to the Access & Discovery Standing Committee in late February, but is hosting a series of open meetings this month and next to involve the library community, answer questions and allow staff to openly share their opinions.

“We want to make sure that Harvard is poised to make the most of opportunities in this...

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File Under: Staff News
January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015—Michael Hart may not be a household name, but in 1971, he made history when he hand-keyed the text of the Declaration of Independence into a computer mainframe and made it available for public download. The act was arguably the first documented instance of the digital preservation of cultural heritage, which has become an immense effort across memory institutions worldwide.

In the years since, preservation specialists have come head-to-head with another challenge—how to ensure the longevity and accessibility of the digital artifacts they’ve created. The Boston-area National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) participants recently shared their efforts to do so in a midyear presentation...

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