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August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

As the Harvard Library enters the third year of existence, and I nudge up against my one-year anniversary, I’ve been taking stock of where we are organizationally and looking ahead to what the coming year will bring. In general, it seems that we have made significant progress. At the June 2nd Library Leadership Team retreat, we identified 10 key priorities to pursue in FY15, and we are moving forward on these. Most notably, the implementation of HOLLIS+ is advancing steadily. The team managing engagement, led by Lisa Junghahn, has done an outstanding job of preparing us for the change, and our users should benefit significantly from the improvements, including easier access to journal articles and special collections. We’ve had valuable input from all...

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August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

DevOps Engineer—Library Technology Services (Grade 57, Req# 32638BR)

Senior Archivist, Collections Services—HBS Knowledge and Library Services (Grade 58, Req# 33386BR)

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August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014—The Judaica Division’s latest publication—Harvard Judaica in the 21st Century by Charles Berlin—was recently published to celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the Division, which was established in 1962 with the appointment of Charles Berlin as Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica and Head of the Division.

Alan Garber, Harvard’s provost, noted in his foreword, “The Harvard Judaica Collection has grown into one of the most extensive, and eclectic, collections of cultural and intellectual records of the Jewish world...

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August 5, 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

Several Harvard Law School Library staff members participated in the annual American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual conference, held in San Antonio, Texas. 

June Casey began her term with the AALL Copyright Committee. She was also appointed chair of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section's Scholarly...

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July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014—Last week, FAS libraries directors and senior managers joined Sarah Thomas to finalize FY15 priorities and to begin work on the FAS Libraries' objectives and plans for the next several years.

To prepare for the session, FAS library directors drafted strategic objectives and related FY15 priorities. These were shared with FAS library staff members for their feedback, which guided the planning session. (A summary of the draft objectives, priorities and staff feedback can be found here.)

The meeting opened with a summary from Sarah Thomas of her FY15 goals for FAS libraries:

  • increasing materials budgets;
  • enhancing RTL outreach and collaboration with...
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