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August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014—In 2002, Harvard opened another online door to its vast collections via the Open Collections Program, an early effort to design web-accessible collections to support research, teaching and learning for anyone with internet access. The initiative posted 2.3 million pages of materials from across Harvard’s libraries online, which are still regularly used by researchers.

With initial funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, subject specialists from Harvard’s libraries, archives and museums collaborated with faculty members to create the first open collection, Women Working,...

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August 15, 2014

Data Scientist Training for Librarians or DST4L is an experimental course being offered by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics John G. Wolbach Library and the Harvard Library to train librarians to respond to the growing data needs of their communities. Data science techniques are becoming increasingly important to all fields of scholarship. In this hands-on course, librarians learn the latest tools for extracting, wrangling, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data. By experiencing the research data lifecycle themselves, librarians develop the data savvy skills that can help transform the services they offer.

The DST4L course is free and open to beginners. Registration opens on August 15th and closes on August 22nd. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted into the...

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August 14, 2014

August 19, 2014

Dear colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer and are looking forward to welcoming students and faculty members back to campus!

As Sarah Thomas discussed in her spring all-staff meetings, one focus for the Harvard Library finance team has been to lead a review of the current allocation model. As we move into the next semester, I wanted to share progress we made this summer on the review, as well as immediate next steps.

The allocation model, which distributes some of the costs of the Harvard Library to Schools, was developed in preparation for the launch of the new Library organization in consultation with School leaders. In its report, the Library Implementation Working Group suggested that the model be reviewed within three years.

We kicked off the...

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File Under: Project Update, Staff News
August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014—The Harvard Library launched its new HOLLIS+ service today, a new discovery system that enhances access to multiple types of library materials from one starting point.


  • Searches with precision across Harvard’s vast  library resources from a single starting point
  • Coherently aggregates Harvard materials along with licensed material, including non-textual media and grey literature
  • Integrates special collections materials
  • Supports interdisciplinary research
  • Links to Harvard’s resource delivery and fulfillment systems (Scan & Deliver...
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File Under: Online Resources
August 13, 2014

Auguts 13, 2014—People have been talking about digital libraries for about a quarter century now, but we still argue about what they are and where they are going. Myriad diffuse definitions and opinions about digital libraries continue being expressed. There are even more perspectives on where digital libraries are going. Read the full story here.

File Under: Innovation


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