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September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014—Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, will hold two all-staff meetings in late September to update staff members on current and future library activities. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Friday, September 26th, 9:30am, Austin Classroom 100 North, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, September 30th, 12:30pm, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School

A livestream will be available and details will be sent as soon as they are finalized. A summary of the sessions will be posted online and included in the October 7 Library Update.

File Under: Staff News
September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014—What’s new at Harvard’s libraries this semester? New services, programs and spaces designed to meet user needs in new, often innovative ways.

A single starting point to search across Harvard’s vast library resources.
HOLLIS+ uses a single starting point to search across books, articles, images, etc.
HOLLIS+ integrates with MyAccount for a seamless user experience.
HOLLIS+ provides complete support for search and display of vernacular scripts and transliterations.

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File Under: Innovation
September 2, 2014

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to the Harvard Library communications team at

Kristen Koob, Heather McMullen, Valerie Weis and Keely Wilczek of Library & Knowledge Services at the Harvard Kennedy School won the Dean’s Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School for their work in Research, Teaching & Learning. The award is given to an individual or team that performs at the highest...

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September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014—Libraries play many roles for many people, but Harvard Business School’s Dean Nitin Nohria is one of the few who can count “home” among them.

In an introduction to Business School Libraries in the 21st Century, Nohria recounted his own fond experiences as a library patron, which during his first Boston winter included overnight stays in a sleeping bag at MIT’s Dewey library, which was warmer and more inviting than his apartment. This was the origin of his "long love affair with libraries" both as spaces and as resources, an enduring affection that has influenced Harvard’s leadership in the evolving role of libraries.

Nohria stressed the importance of the strategic...

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August 29, 2014

On Wednesday afternoon a cooling coil in the attic of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at the Divinity School ruptured and emptied gallons of water into the attic. The water immediately began to pour into the third floor of the library where the Technology Instruction Room, the Preservation Lab, and the Archives Processing Room are located.

Thankfully, it occurred while the entire library staff was in a meeting on that floor, so we were able to respond in concert right away: calling emergency services, moving library patrons to safety, clearing library materials and supplies from the rooms that were being flooded and covering vulnerable areas with plastic for protection. Because of the volume of water, some of it began to pour into the Reference Room on the second floor as...

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