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April 7, 2014

Dear colleagues,

In 2011, a generous donation from a library supporter enabled the creation of the Strategic Conversation series, which fostered dialog about changes in libraries and provided a welcome opportunity for staff to come together for discussion and debate. Following a hiatus of almost two years, the Harvard Library has begun Strategic Conversations anew, and several events have taken or will take place this year.

Nancy Fried Foster of Ithaka S+R spoke on “Ethnography & Academic Libraries: Assessment and Design” on February 24. (See a summary of her talk here.)

Vanessa Kam, acting head of music, art and architecture at the University of British Columbia Libraries, will speak on...

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File Under: Innovation
April 1, 2014

Two Harvard Law School Library Programs, Stacklife and Library Cloud, were recognized for their innovation and functionality on campus and in the community. Read more in Harvard Law Today.




April 1, 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.

Diana Carey and Susan Earle presented “From Crinolines to Trousers: Fashion at the Schlesinger Library” at Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media and Mode conference at LIM College. Their talk focused on the collections of fashion industry women, a group of African American hairdressing trade magazines from the 1930s to the 1960s and...

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File Under: Staff News
April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014—The Harvard Library holds more than three million digital images in its collections, and their effective discovery, access and use depends on sophisticated and comprehensive cataloging. The Library is partnering with ARTstor to develop Shared Shelf, which will provide the Library’s next-generation image cataloging system.

The deployment of Shared Shelf, which will replace the current OLIVIA system, is an important step forward in the convergence of image cataloging practices at Harvard—a goal towards which the Library’s dedicated image professionals have been...

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File Under: Project Update
March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

One of the objectives of the Harvard Library is to enable effective access to the world of knowledge and data through intuitive discovery, networks of expertise, and global collaborations. An important part of this is making discoverable the valuable resources in collections that are currently inaccessible to our patrons.  We have allocated $850,000 as extra support for projects to uncover hidden collections. This message outlines arrangements to deploy these one-time funds, which are available to all units within the Harvard Library.  Eligible projects can focus on both historic and contemporary holdings, in any format, whose metadata does not support robust discovery.   

This money must be spent by June 30, 2015. We are eager to receive...

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