April 29, 2014—The Information and Technical Services (ITS) Department has launched a Planning and Goal Setting Initiative (Project) designed to develop in three phases over the course of fiscal years 14 and 15.
The goals we hope to achieve are summed up in four points with an overarching mission to support the acquisition and discovery of our rich library collections.
- To build a sustainable organization that succeeds in delivering services that users need.
- To allow users to access a broad range of materials more quickly at point-of-need by addressing enduring backlogs in the near-term.
- To support better access to our unique collections and underserved formats.
- To support other library initiatives that address unmet needs (e.g. new types of acquisitions, search...
April 29, 2014—“Women in Medicine” at the Schlesinger Library showcased the struggles and achievements of women doctors, medical activists and health care providers in the 19th and 20th centuries. “We wanted to think of women doing groundbreaking things in roles that were not expected of them,” said Genna Duplisea, who curated the exhibit.
Duplisea, along with Jaimie Fritz, worked on the exhibit as a capstone to the Schlesinger’s Experimental Archives Project (EAP), which encourages archivists to work collaboratively to test new approaches. Duplisea is now at Salve Regina College, and Fritz joined the MIT Libraries.
“After nearly two years working for the...read more
Traveling abroad on behalf of the University can be exciting and rewarding, and safety is a key component. Before you go, visit www.traveltools.harvard.edu to:
- Register your itinerary and contact information in the Harvard Travel Registry.
- Learn about Harvard Travel Assist, the University’s safety and security program for international travelers.
- Review travel...
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