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September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014—Can any single object create more more anxiety for librarians than the simple X-Acto knife? At the inaugural Books@Baker event, Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief and Baker Library staff member, discussed the damage wrought by a rare map dealer and his X-Acto knife.

Between 1998 and 2005, E. Forbes Smiley III pilfered nearly 100 maps from collections at the Boston Public Library, New York Public Library, British Library, Newberry Library, Harvard and Yale, netting him over $3 million.

Smiley’s crime spree began to unravel in 2005, when a canny librarian at Yale spotted an X-Acto knife on the floor near Smiley. He ultimately admitted to the thefts and served...

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September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Curatorial Assistant II—Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Grade 51, Req# 33856BR)

Project Processing Assistant (Library Assistant V)—Harvard University Archives (Grade 52, Req# 33877BR)

Senior Financial Analyst—Harvard College Library Financial Services (Grade 58, Req# 33807BR)

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September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014—Volunteers and community members met to share food, recipes and remedies at the Countway Community Garden’s Harvest Festival. Attendees enjoyed hand-bagged herbal teas and a potluck feast made by the gardeners.



September 22, 2014

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.

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September 22, 2014

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.

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