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June 26, 2014

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....

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June 26, 2014

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.

June 26, 2014

This serves as an update on a water leak at the 625 Massachusetts Ave offices this morning.

  • A leak occurred in a patch in the membrane of the ceiling. Roofers are on site repairing the break and the team is inspecting the rest of the roof.
  • 1.5 boxes of damaged books were sent to for the preservation freezer in Widener. Please contact Daryl Boone for a list of titles.
  • Approximately 50-100 other books have water damage but it was not deemed serious enough to need the freezer. They have been laid out on surfaces with paper towels and are drying. EHS was called to do a mold assessment.
  • The wet ceiling tiles are being removed and humidifiers are drying out the carpet.

Many thanks to those who took speedy action this morning; the situation was assessed and work started on addressing...

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File Under: Libraries
June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014—As shared in May, the Library will implement a beta phase of the Primo discovery system, known as HOLLIS+, on July 15th. Upcoming project milestones include:

Outreach

The Outreach and Training Team is preparing materials to facilitate a smooth start, as well as studying Primo implementations at peer institutions and developing a LibGuide to go live by July 15 that will include:

  1. FAQs for staff
  2. FAQs for patrons
  3. A HOLLIS+ demo-request form
  4. A feedback form
  5. A calendar of open meetings, demos & drop-ins

The calendar of outreach events includes

  1. Open meetings to learn more about HOLLIS+:...
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File Under: Project Update
June 23, 2014

June 24, 2014—The National Digital Stewardship Residency Boston (NDSR-Boston) program, which focuses on developing professionals in digital stewardship through post-graduate residencies, announced their first cohort of residents. Each resident will take on a project at their host institution beginning in September 2014.

The residents all have interesting and unique backgrounds with one common thread – a strong commitment to...

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File Under: Stewardship

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