September 22, 2014—Visitors to Houghton Library’s fall exhibition should feel free to judge a book by its cover.
“InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books” showcases artistic and innovative approaches to the traditional craft of bookbinding, reminding viewers that books are not just text. They can be aesthetic objects that share information about their creators and readers. Read the full story.
September 22, 2014—The future of libraries is too big for any one group to invent it, but we can't wait passively for this new future; we must create the conditions by which libraries will be pulled out of themselves and into everything else. Portals address the known needs of users, yet sites like Amazon and Wikipedia are where users go to link to, explore or learn more about a book. Libraries can compete for that role within the web knowledge ecosystem by making content available to innovators and interoperable with the web. Read the full story on Library Journal's The Digital Shift.
Today (Wednesday, 9/17/2014) the DRS2 Project to enhance the Harvard Library’s Digital Repository service (DRS) will achieve an important milestone: the migration of Tier 1 content from the old DRS platform (DRS1) to the new DRS platform (DRS2). Tier 1 content includes target images and PDF documents. Over 30,000 files and accompanying metadata will be migrated to the new platform. To learn more about DRS migration please see the Migration FAQ.
During the migration, there will be brief outages that will affect public delivery of PDFs out of the DRS as content is being migrated. The migration will take several hours, but brief...read more
September 16, 2014—Johns Hopkins University recently joined the Borrow Direct network, joining Harvard and nine other peer university libraries in a collaborative that increases scholarly access to materials far beyond their home institutions.
“Johns Hopkins joining Borrow Direct adds to the range and scope of what we make available to our users,” said Dan Hazen, associate librarian of Harvard College for collection development.
Some of the resources now available to Harvard researchers through Borrow Direct are rich holdings in the history of science and technology, ancient Near Eastern studies, philosophy, particularly on Emmanuel...read more
September 16, 2014—This summer, the Frances Loeb Library underwent a partial renovation on its lower level, transforming a portion of stacks space into dedicated semi-open workspace with an adjoining conference room for students in the Graduate School of Design’s PhD program.
“We have been rethinking our library for over the last several years. The ability to support GSD programs physically as well as through service and materials has been an ongoing process and this is one step we have been able to take,” said Ann Whiteside, librarian and assistant dean for information resources. “We were thrilled to be able to accommodate evolving user needs in this way while maintaining accessibility to...read more