Thank you all for being here today! I thought I would walk you through some slides that show some images and stories of things that are important to the Library.
The Library’s FY15 strategic priorities were identified at a June 2 Library Leadership Team retreat. We tried hard to limit these to ten! Sometimes there is mission creep, and I only have ten fingers and toes and that’s how I try to remember these things. What I hope we can do this year is focus on these priorities, accomplish them and have a wonderful feeling at end of year that we did them and did them well. Some we...read more
October 7, 2014—Research on the go for Harvard faculty, students and staff just got a little bit easier: they can now check out library resources from 12 partner university libraries while traveling and even bring them home. With the launch of Borrow Direct Plus, patrons affiliated with a Borrow Direct partner (and Duke University) can visit their libraries and borrow items in person, increasing convenience, eliminating some shipping fees and supporting environmental sustainability.
The Borrow Direct network was launched in 1999 to provide access to library materials by mail. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with this group of institutions to provide greater access to patrons while reducing...read more
October 7, 2014—The Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) team at Harvard Business School (HBS) kicked off the FY15 KLS Forum series with a case study discussion designed to encourage staff members to think critically about a culture of innovation through a non-library lens, led by HBS Professor Willy Shih.
Shih selected a case study on a plastics company that illustrated how organizational culture impacts behavior in the face of change. The group discussed what enables information flows, how to successfully implement new projects, how to improve products and services and how to determine and analyze success metrics.
The case study approach, first developed at Harvard Law School, encourages...read more
October 7, 2014—Harvard’s libraries, collections and staff members were recently featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Smithsonian magazine and the Harvard Gazette.
August 27: The Arnold Arboretum Library and its rare books collection was profiled in the Harvard Gazette.
August 28: The origin and history of the John Updike collection at Houghton Library was discussed in he Atlantic.
September 2: Dudley Garden, a “little-known...read more
Nominations for HL Standing Committees are open through this Friday at 5 pm. Please nominate yourself or someone else!
You may nominate yourself, or a colleague in or outside of your own unit that you think would be a good candidate. Please consider sending in nominations for the following:
- Collections and Content Development Standing Committee
Purpose: To implement a Harvard Library collection and content development strategic plan in support of University-wide research, teaching and learning for today and the future.
- Access and Discovery Standing Committee
Purpose: To enable effective access to the world of knowledge and data through intuitive discovery, networks of expertise and global collaborations.