November, 5, 2013—Staff members at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Countway Library enjoy healthy snacks and visitors delight in flower arrangements at the circulation desk, thanks to the staff-maintained community garden at the library. Volunteers take daily watering shifts, and plant, weed and fertilize as needed. The garden includes medicinal herbs, basil, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, pattypan squash, nasturtiums, marigolds and morning glories. Some of the flowers are planted in repurposed bookshelves that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.
“We select what to grow based on availability and donations,” said Heather Cristiano, archivist for the Harvard School of Public Health and records management...read more
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Four Harvard Library staff members participated in the Open Geoportal National Summit on October 27 and 28: Bonnie Burns, librarian for Geographic Information Services, David Siegel, lead digital library software engineer for the Harvard Geospatial Library, Janina Mueller, design data librarian, and Mark McGee, geospatial resources cataloger. The ...read more
On October 23, Harvard University Information Technology, Arts and Humanities Research Computing, the Academic Technology Group and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications led an introductory workshop on e-book publishing in Lamont Library.
Christopher Morse—of DARTH Crimson, Harvard’s Digital Arts and Humanities Team—was a lead organizer of the event. “We run workshops and consult with faculty members, students and staff on digital humanities projects and any digital research,” Morse said, mentioning that there is an upcoming tutorial session on how to start and manage a blog using...read more
One hundred years from now, what will people think of Post-it notes, wind-up toys or the technological marvel of our generation, the smartphone?
Future Harvard faculty, students, staff and administrators will have the opportunity to examine these early 21st-century items that are contained within a time capsule placed in the outside wall of the Tozzer Library. At a ceremony on Oct. 17, faculty and staff discussed the opportunity to place items into a capsule to be viewed by people 100 or more years from now.
“Isn’t it wonderful we’re putting it in there for 100 years?” asked Dean of Social Science Peter Marsden.
Marsden, who is the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology,...read more
A note from the Innovation Working Group:
We hope many of you have had the chance to read the recent update on the Scaling Innovation Initiative. To make the most of this phase of the initiative, the Innovation Working Group has set a priority deadline for projects to submit a self assessment, which is the first step toward turning experimental projects into sustainable services or products.
The priority deadline for submitting a self-assessment for consideration is November 20, 2013. Submissions received after November 20, 2013 will...read more