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January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014—The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation of New York has awarded the Judaica Division of the Harvard College Library a grant of $1 million. The grant is for the digitization of the Division’s recently acquired photo archive of Israel Sun Ltd., a photo news agency in Israel. This archive consists of well over a million negatives covering the years 1968 to 2003. These negatives, representing photographs taken in this period by a cadre of photographers working at Israel Sun, document in great depth events, places and people in Israel. (See a slideshow of images from the archive below.)

Before Israeli newspapers relied primarily on their own photojournalists, they would commission Israel Sun to...

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File Under: Collections
January 27, 2014

A recent Wintersession event at the Loeb Music Library featured rare recordings, medieval manuscripts, early songbooks.






File Under: Collections, Loeb Music
January 21, 2014

Dear members of the Harvard community,

We are closely monitoring the snow storm that is approaching the Cambridge/Boston area. We expect to see precipitation begin over the next few hours, and snowfall is expected to increase in intensity this evening and remain heavy overnight.

At this time, we are not planning to suspend University operations early this afternoon. If you have concerns about the safety of your evening commute, please be in touch with the leaders of your School or unit to discuss scheduling options. 

By tomorrow morning, the Cambridge/Boston area may receive up to 12 inches of snow. We will continue to closely monitor the forecast this afternoon and into the evening.  Should weather conditions warrant further schedule changes, we will distribute information through MessageMe and email.  Updates...

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File Under: Weather
January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—Work on migrating to the next-generation Digital Repository Service (DRS) is well under way, with several accomplishments including a major milestone since the November update:

  • The new DRS is in use: On December 2, 2013, a digital image of Da zang jing (pictured above), a Tibetan Buddhist sacred book in the Rare Book Collection at Harvard-Yenching Library, was the first object deposited into the new DRS. 
  • The proposed plan for metadata migration was reviewed and well-received by a group of users at a meeting in...
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January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—The Harvard Library recently enhanced scholars’ access to articles and book chapters held by other research libraries and to materials deposited with HathiTrust, an online repository of more than 10 million digitized titles.

The Library joined the Rapid Interlibrary Loan (RapidILL) partnership, which allows it to fulfill requests for articles from the majority of the membership of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) more quickly. Materials from medical libraries, law libraries and document suppliers such as the Center for Research Libraries, the Linda Hall Library and Easy Lending, an open-access journal supplier, are also part of this service.

By using the RapidILL service, the Library can deliver requests within 24 hours; Harvard’s average has been 15...

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