April 14, 2015—A project out of the Library Innovation Lab, Perma.cc, has been nominated in this year’s Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet. Perma.cc, which has been listed as a contender for the best law website of the year, helps scholars, journals and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work.
There are two winners for each category. The Webby Award is given by members of the host organization, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The People’s Choice Award is determined by popular vote, so fire up your mouse and...read more
April 7, 2015—National Poetry Month has kicked off, and the Harvard Library has a variety of events and activities coming up to celebrate “the best words in the best order.”
- The George Parker Winship Lecture: "The Muse in a Psychopathic Ward" with Sir Christopher Ricks. On April 8, attend a lecture on T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in honor of its centennial anniversary of publication, and listen to a recording of “Prufrock” made for Harvard in the 1940s. Organized by Houghton Library, co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Department of English.
- Emily Dickinson's Music Book: A Prelude to the...
April 7, 2015—The environmental needs of collections and humans sometimes don’t mesh, yet library spaces must straddle a middle point that satisfies both.
New data and research on library environments challenges long-held beliefs, allowing librarians to tailor and in some cases broaden temperature and humidity set points to provide reasonable, long-term preservation of collections across a variety of spaces. Even without making changes to a physical space, minor changes to the environmental settings combined with careful attention to and monitoring of the building systems can save energy and funds while improving storage conditions and preventing deterioration of collections.
On April 10, Harvard Library Preservation Services will host a presentation on the latest findings around sustainable collections storage...read more
March 31, 2015—Staff members may now find up-to-date info on activities from the Library's internal governing groups on the new Library Governance Wiki. The wiki is an online shared space for groups including the Library Leadership Team and the Standing Committees to post meeting agendas and other materials, and can be accessed at this link with HUID and PIN.
March 31, 2015—Sharing best practices with international colleagues can be challenging due to language limitations, travel restraints and differing time zones, but this spring term those boundaries have been removed for two new resident fellows at the Harvard Library.
Raphaëlle Lapôtre and Lola Mirabail, two head librarians in training in the French national library and information sciences school, L'École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (ENSSIB), are immersing themselves in American library management until May.
The internship program was extensively planned, but since the program is new to Harvard, the curriculum is partially fluid. Host librarians...read more