April 28, 2015—April has always brought a moment of reflection for those connected to Widener Library, since it marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which prompted the library's benefactor Eleanor Elkins Widener to commission its construction as a memorial to her son, Harry, who perished in the disaster. This year also marks the centennial of the library's opening, and at a recent event, book lovers and collectors came together to mark the anniversary and remember the family, whose passion has long supported and inspired Harvard's scholars.
"Great deeds can arise from tragedy," said Tom Hyry, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, in his introduction at the event. "In remembering and celebrating Harry Widener, we acknowledge him to be an exemplar of the long tradition of the symbiotic...read more
April 28, 2015—While myriad projects and initiatives in research, teaching and learning (RTL) continue to progress across the Library, the strategic highlighted priorities for its continued growth have made substantial strides: spreading of best practices system-wide by creation of a learning group and hiring of online learning librarians, and increasing understanding of faculty use of information.
Understanding faculty library use was undertaken via participation in and administration of the Ithaka S+R Faculty Survey, a national survey running triennially since 2000. A local version, which was launched in November and closed in January, included modules on discovery, access, research dissemination, and data management and preservation.
“It is important to continue to gather more and more data about how people are using...read more
April 24, 2015—To accommmodate increased demand for study space for Law School students during the Spring Term Exam period, the Harvard Law School Library will have Restricted Access in place from Tuesday April 28 through Thursday, May 14. During this time, only Law School affiliates will be able to use the Law Library for study hall purposes.
Harvard University affiliates who need to borrow regular loan materials from the collection or use a part of the collection can check in at the circulation desk, or order items to one of 18 different pick-up locations on campus via Harvard Direct, which can deliver requested materials from one site to another within four business days.
April 22, 2015—Universities are well-known as places that gather experts, all in the pursuit of generating knowledge. Along the way, they also gather historical artifacts. This Friday, April 24, the Radcliffe Institute's "University as Collector" event aspires to reassess Harvard’s artifactual history and the role of artifacts in university culture more broadly.
Artifacts are difficult to assess as a whole...read more
April 21, 2015—Harvard Library recently became an OCLC Research Library partner. The recommendation to join the partnership came from Harvard Library’s Special Collections and Archives Council and received the full support of the Library Leadership Team.
The OCLC Research Library Partnership is an affiliation of many of the world’s top research libraries and archives. The work of OCLC Research extends beyond special collections, although the staff and activities dedicated to this area have been particularly notable over the past several years. Projects devoted to born-digital materials, surveying the special collections community, intellectual property, digitization of rare and unique materials, and other areas have made major contributions to the field. OCLC...read more