July 1, 2014—The Harvard Library Scaling Innovation Initiative launched Inscriptio, an online study carrel reservation system. The platform, with functionality similar to selecting an airplane seat, has been in use at Widener and Pusey, and is now available for libraries across Harvard. Inscriptio allows patrons to make carrel reservations more quickly and provides more efficient management of carrel reservations.
Ann-Marie Costa, head of Access Administrative Operations, was involved in Inscriptio from the start. She and former colleague Cheryl McGrath had discussed an airline seat-type carrel management system; when an open call went out...read more
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Sarah Burke Cahalan of Dumbarton Oaks presented “Collaborative Research in the History of Science” at the RBMS Preconference with Jason Dean of the University of Arkansas. Sarah also was recently featured in the Fine Books & Collections series, “Bright Young Librarians.”
Sarah serves as a special projects and reference...read more
The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced that historian Susan Ware AM ’73, PhD ’78 will become a senior advisor to the library. Ware, a Schlesinger Library Council member, will serve during the academic year while the Radcliffe Institute conducts a search for a new director of the library.
“The Schlesinger Library has been my professional home for my entire career as a historian,” said Ware of her deep and broad connections. “I am honored to be asked to serve as its senior advisor for the coming year—and an added bonus is the chance to be part of the vibrant Radcliffe...read more
Scholars who work with historical objects may think of those objects as worlds apart from emerging technology, but students in two courses — one offered through the Committee on Medieval Studies and Harvard Divinity School, the other through the Program in General Education — harnessed the power of both to curate exhibits now on display. The exhibits reflect new forms of research, teaching, and learning. One is presented in Houghton Library with an online companion exhibit in progress, and the other consists of virtual galleries built with digital collections from Harvard’s libraries and museums....read more
Nine tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books made by Charlotte and Branwell Brontë were preserved and digitized to be made available to a global audience. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after mini-page brims with poems, stories, songs, illustrations, maps, building plans, and dialogue. The books, lettered in minuscule, even script, tell of the “Glass Town Confederacy,” a fictional world the siblings created for and around Branwell’s toy soldiers, which were both the protagonists of and audience for the little books. Read the full story.