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November 20, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

Some of you may know that Dan Hazen will be out through the New Year. Although Dan will be staying in touch, I am putting in place a team of Marilyn Dunn (Schlesinger Library), Doug Gragg (Andover-Harvard Theological Library), and Ann Whiteside (Loeb Library, GSD) to help me in Dan’s absence.

Marilyn will field questions and provide administrative leadership for the following libraries and units reporting to Dan:

Fine Arts Library
Harvard Film Archive
Harvard Yenching Library
Judaica Division
Middle East Division
Music Library
Slavic Division

Doug will work with Widener selectors, including guiding the reorganizations underway or planned for this year. Doug will also assume the chairmanship of the review of the library and information needs of...

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November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014—In many volumes, the meaning of a book comes solely from the ideas conveyed by the printed text it contains, but other tomes invite more interpretation from the reader. Pages in Keith Smith’s Book 91 are punched with holes and woven with string; Jen Bervin’s Dickinson Fascicles features Emily Dickinson’s unconventional and expressive punctuation marks, but omits the poet’s words.

Drawing meaning from just these kinds of books was the topic of Wednesday’s Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture, delivered by Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress. “Form and content comment and reflect on each other,” Dimunation...

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November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014


Dear colleagues,

I’d like to share information on the leadership and management of Access Services.

The Access Services managers and I have met several times to discuss the area’s immediate needs including an interim management plan. Their priority is to keep services running well.

I am pleased to convey that Ken Peterson is the Interim Director of Access Services. Thank you to Ken for taking on this role for Harvard Library. Also, thank you to all the managers for their thoughtful input and teamwork.



Susan Fliss
Director and Librarian of Monroe C. Gutman Library
Harvard Graduate School of Education...
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November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014—The Harvard Library convened scholars and experts for a series of discussions, films and panels inspired by the Blavatnik Archive exhibit “Lives of the Great Patriotic War,” which documents the lives and roles of Soviet Jewish soldiers during World War II.

Provost Alan Garber hosted an opening panel that included Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, and former ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, moderated by Board of Overseers member Tracy Palandjian ’93, MBA ’97. The panel discussed the era showcased in the exhibit before going on to outline the...

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November 18, 2014

musical scoreNovember 18, 2014—In honor of the centennial anniversary of Paine Hall, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library centered its latest exhibition around the life and times of the man behind the building’s name, Harvard University’s first professor of music and pioneer of American music education, John Knowles Paine.

Paine was well-known in his day as an organist and composer, but his lasting influence has been as an educator. “The study of music as an academic discipline in a liberal arts curriculum essentially originated with Paine,” explained curator Bob Dennis.

Paine’s curriculum at Harvard focused on music history and theory as well as composition, which then served as a model for the...

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