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This is a platform for Library news and events. Please send comments and suggestions to Thomas Dodson.

November 25, 2014

Library Lab LogoNovember 25, 2014—November marked the close of Library Lab, one of the Harvard Library’s more inventive programs from recent years. Participants and supporters from across the University recently came together to celebrate their accomplishments.

The project drew together Harvard’s technologists and humanists with the mandate to experiment, build and test out their ideas aimed at improving library services for students and faculty, and to bring the successful projects to the world via open-source code.

Among the various projects implemented are Awesome Box, which...

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File Under: Events, Innovation
November 25, 2014

Cartoon from flyerNovember 25, 2014—The thrill of an unearthing a long-forgotten treasure in the stacks is a private joy for most, but library staff get the added thrill of bringing the materials to a wider audience through digitization, as Slavic librarian Anna Rakityanskaya well knows.

Rakityanskaya recently spearheaded a project to bring unique materials online after making her own discovery: a collection of ephemera showing the political and cultural life at the end of the Soviet Union in the late '80s and the dawn of the new Russia in the early '90s.

“I recalled one box from the collection out of curiosity from the Depository and I thought it was very interesting, it’s so alive,” she...

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File Under: Collections
November 22, 2014

November 25, 2014—According to a recent study by Thomson Reuters, Harvard is one of the top universities in the United States for scholarly output in library and information science, contributing the second-highest number of papers to academic journals in the field between 2009 and 2013.

Indiana, the top school on the list, has its own library and information science program; at number two overall, Harvard is also the top university without its own library studies program. Articles in the field are usually published by working librarians, not academics in the field. Read more in ScienceWatch.

File Under: Staff News
November 21, 2014

To All –

As Provost Garber noted in his email earlier this week, the University will extend the winter recess by one day and will be closed on Friday, January 2nd. In accordance, all Libraries and Library facilities will be closed on Friday, January 2nd. This includes the FAS/HCL Libraries, all professional School Libraries, and all Harvard Library facilities (e.g., 90 Mt. Auburn Street, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, 8 Story Street, and the Harvard Depository).

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the holidays!

Katie McGrath

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November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014—Below is a list of active e-resource trials for Harvard Library. You are welcome to send any comments or questions to the selector and coordinator listed for each resource. If you have any problem viewing it, the list is also available at the ITS wiki page Current E-Resource Trials for Harvard Library


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