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November 21, 2014

To All –

As Provost Garber noted in his email earlier this week, the University will extend the winter recess by one day and will be closed on Friday, January 2nd. In accordance, all Libraries and Library facilities will be closed on Friday, January 2nd. This includes the FAS/HCL Libraries, all professional School Libraries, and all Harvard Library facilities (e.g., 90 Mt. Auburn Street, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, 8 Story Street, and the Harvard Depository).

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the holidays!

Katie McGrath

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November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014—Below is a list of active e-resource trials for Harvard Library. You are welcome to send any comments or questions to the selector and coordinator listed for each resource. If you have any problem viewing it, the list is also available at the ITS wiki page Current E-Resource Trials for Harvard Library


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November 20, 2014

On the morning of Monday December 22, HOLLIS+ will become the primary Harvard Library catalog.

  • http://hollis.harvard.edu will lead users to HOLLIS+ instead of HOLLIS Aquabrowser.
  • HOLLIS Aquabrowser will be decommissioned.
  • The HOLLIS Aquabrowser My Discoveries service will end on December 21. My Discoveries users will be contacted directly and notified of the upcoming change.

HOLLIS Aquabrowser has been slated for decommissioning in December since HOLLIS+ beta was first announced. As you know, Aleph data added or changed since October 13 is...

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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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