December 2, 2014—The Harvard Library recently kicked off a year-long series of events dedicated to professional development as part of the strategic vision for the Library’s growth and improvement.
“Staff development is an opportunity and an imperative if we’re going to be a thriving organization,” said Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “We need to think about how we can contribute to the success of our organization, the University and the world by growing [as individuals].”
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November 25, 2014
Although it is a gloomy day, I’m filled with anticipation about the holiday weekend. It will be a time to enjoy family and friends and relax, in my case, by the fire with my Boston Terrier Scout by my side. I hope whatever shape your holiday plans take, you take pleasure in the next few days and give thanks for all that is special to you.
I’ve been feeling very thankful for you. Monday we had a “Lunch with the Librarian,” and I was really buoyed by the many ideas contributed by people attending. We covered a range of topics, including the excellence of our photographic holdings throughout our libraries and the desirability of exhibiting them to others; development of a digital strategy for our communities; facilitation of text and data mining by negotiating the...read more
November 25, 2014—November marked the close of Library Lab, one of the Harvard Library’s more inventive programs from recent years. Participants and supporters from across the University recently came together to celebrate their accomplishments.
The project drew together Harvard’s technologists and humanists with the mandate to experiment, build and test out their ideas aimed at improving library services for students and faculty, and to bring the successful projects to the world via open-source code.
Among the various projects implemented are Awesome Box, which...read more
November 25, 2014—The thrill of an unearthing a long-forgotten treasure in the stacks is a private joy for most, but library staff get the added thrill of bringing the materials to a wider audience through digitization, as Slavic librarian Anna Rakityanskaya well knows.
Rakityanskaya recently spearheaded a project to bring unique materials online after making her own discovery: a collection of ephemera showing the political and cultural life at the end of the Soviet Union in the late '80s and the dawn of the new Russia in the early '90s.
“I recalled one box from the collection out of curiosity from the Depository and I thought it was very interesting, it’s so alive,” she...read more
November 25, 2014—According to a recent study by Thomson Reuters, Harvard is one of the top universities in the United States for scholarly output in library and information science, contributing the second-highest number of papers to academic journals in the field between 2009 and 2013.
Indiana, the top school on the list, has its own library and information science program; at number two overall, Harvard is also the top university without its own library studies program. Articles in the field are usually published by working librarians, not academics in the field. Read more in ScienceWatch.