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July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014

Dear colleagues,

The CNI/JISC conference takes place every other year in the UK, and this year’s event took place in a hot and sultry Bristol. There were speakers on open data, on the future of journals and on open scholarship, and I returned with a strengthened conviction that the Harvard Library should be investing more in data management and in support for researchers producing and using data. There are also some interesting ideas being floated about how universities and libraries can provide open access to long-form publications. I had the opportunity to spend two days with colleagues from the UK and US, including Mackenzie Smith, with...

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July 18, 2014

Thank you for those who have participated or will participate in the HOLLIS+ Open Meetings!

If you were unable to attend or would like a recap, information on recorded sessions is available below.*

HOLLIS+ Beta is scheduled to launch publicly August 15.

HOLLIS+ is in beta, and we encourage you to explore and offer feedback on anything—to make sure the tool is great for your specific Harvard community!

Join for a drop-in session. Bring your questions and explore HOLLIS+ hands-on:

July 22, 12pm-2pm in Lamont 310
July 23, 3pm-5pm in Lamont 310
July 24, 3pm-4:30pm at 90 Mt. Auburn—Rm 021 & Webex*
July 25, 3pm-5pm at 90 Mt. Auburn—Rm 020

The full drop-in schedule is available at this...

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July 18, 2014

Never heard of Svalbard and Jan Mayen? Join the club. These Norse islands in the remote Arctic Ocean are among the few places in the world with no recorded downloads from Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH), the free and open repository for peer-reviewed literature written by Harvard faculty.

With more than 20,000 items in storage, DASH is growing quickly. Since it started in 2009, the articles and dissertations in its repository have been downloaded more than 3.4 million times. Read the full story.

July 18, 2014

No blame will be assigned if you have never heard of the Massasoit Varnish Works or B.T. Babbitt’s Best Soap. And rest easy if you have forgotten that during the late 19th century, for the modest sum of 50 cents, you could purchase from the New York Dental Co. of 7 Tremont St. in Boston a device for the painless extraction of teeth. 

And yet blame and shame are all yours if you don’t see “The Art of American Advertising,” an exhibit open through Aug. 1 at Baker Library. The idea: illustrate the rise in America of artful, profit-making, culture-shaking advertising from 1865 to 1910. Read the full story.

July 18, 2014

For many, the name Fritz Lang is synonymous with the image of a futuristic female robot, the haunting poster child for his 1927 science fiction classic Metropolis. But the Austrian-born director was a master of many genres, as visitors to the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) will see for themselves in the coming months. Beginning Friday and running through Sept. 1, the HFA will present a complete retrospective of Lang’s silent and talking feature films. With almost 40 works in total, the series is a tribute to the director’s remarkable range. Read the full story.

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