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June 18, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the MARS FAQ for Catalogers, which explains the automated authority control service we subscribe to from Backstage Library Works. The MARS process performs bibliographic heading fixes, provides new and changed authority records, and generates summaries and reports that list the headings that the MARS process cannot fix.

This FAQ is one component of the MARS Reports Pilot, in which a team of librarians from Harvard Library is analyzing what resources would be necessary to process the MARS reports. The FAQ is meant to inform the library community about the MARS process, and to serve as the basis for phase 2 of the pilot when...

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File Under: ITS
June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this semester, Sarah Thomas tasked a Harvard Library Ad Hoc Working Group on Committee Governance with

  • Recommending a governance structure for Harvard Library committees and groups
  • Recommending a process for identifying core committees and groups to support HL and University priorities
  • Developing a timeline for establishing new committees and reviewing existing groups
  • Submitting recommendations to the LLT by early June 2014

On June 13, we discussed a proposed committee governance system with the Library Leadership Team (LLT). The draft report, which includes a graphic representation of the proposed structure (see pages 7-8), can be found...

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File Under: Library Leadership
June 17, 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 Kate Kondayen, communications officer.

Paula Aloisio, Jenny Gotwals, Cat Lea Holbrook and Mark Vassar at the Schlesinger Library each received a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate following completion of a nine-course program. The program was developed by the Society of American Archivists to educate archivists in best practices for appraising, capturing, preserving and providing access to electronic records.

Paula, a metadata specialist and manuscript cataloger,...

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File Under: Staff News
June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014—Jumping jacks, sit-ups, relay races? Not at the recent Social Sciences Librarians Bootcamp, hosted by Knowledge & Library Services (KLS) at Harvard Business School (HBS). Instead, attendees focused on timely topics in scholarly research, sans exercise.

Discussions focused on issues such as food policy and shrinking federal grants, and librarians from 30 institutions across the country shared case studies and best practices. User perspective was a focus throughout; in faculty and doctoral student panels, they shared how they used the library collections and services to support their research.

Representing Harvard, Tim Mahoney, Christine...

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File Under: Events, Staff Development
June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Application Platform Analyst—Library Technology Services (Grade 57, Req# 32638BR)

Online Learning Librarian—Harvard Library Administration (Grade 58, Req# 31969BR)

Access Services Resource Sharing Specialist—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 32935BR)

File Under: Positions Posted


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