April 22, 2014—Aleph, the automated system used to process library materials and provide public access to a database of Harvard Library holdings, reached a new record. The 14 millionth Aleph record was uploaded on April 10. Aleph records are numbered sequentially, so library staff members knew the milestone was coming up.
The milestone was hit by an Arabic title about the Literary Cultural Club of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, published to mark the 40th anniversary of the club’s founding.
“It’s purely by chance but it’s interesting to think about the fact that it’s creating a milestone and also celebrating a milestone,” said Michael Hopper,...read more
April 22 (Earth Day), 2014—Spring may have played hide-and-seek this year, yet the community gardeners at Countway Library recently spent a sunny, windy afternoon at the Countway Community Garden prepping the soil and planting the year’s first seeds and seedlings. (Scroll down for a slideshow.)read more
A few weeks ago, I shared information on one-time funding for projects to uncover hidden collections. Please find the submission form for project proposals here, as well as background information, project criteria, a timeline and Screening Group members.
Proposals are due via the online form by 5pm on Monday, April 21.
During the week of April 28, following review by the Screening Group, eligible proposals will be posted online for comment and evaluation by the library community, along with evaluation guidelines. A note will go out to hlcomms once the proposals are open for comment.
Please contact Franziska Frey (...read more
April 17, 2014—In November 2013, Harvard received 23 takedown notices from Elsevier, a publisher of academic journals.
A takedown notice is a request from a copyright holder to remove a work from the internet because of alleged copyright infringement. To comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), internet hosts like Harvard must comply with takedown notices even if the recipient may choose to put the work back up again.
All 23 of the takedown notices targeted published editions of articles from Elsevier...read more