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April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015—Harvard Library recently became an OCLC Research Library partner. The recommendation to join the partnership came from Harvard Library’s Special Collections and Archives Council and received the full support of the Library Leadership Team. 

The OCLC Research Library Partnership is an affiliation of many of the world’s top research libraries and archives. The work of OCLC Research extends beyond special collections, although the staff and activities dedicated to this area have been particularly notable over the past several years. Projects devoted to born-digital materials, surveying the special collections community, intellectual property, digitization of rare and unique materials, and other areas have made major contributions to the field. OCLC...

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April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015—BorrowDirect recently announced the addition of Duke University to the program, in which 12 partner library systems, including the Harvard Library, engage in resource-sharing and other collaborative library projects. BorrowDirect offers faculty, students and staff at all partner institutions unmediated requesting and expedited delivery of items from a combined collection of over 50 million volumes and an integrated online search and discovery interface. Since its inception in 1999, BorrowDirect has successfully filled almost two million user requests by delivering books in three to five days. Duke has been a member of the related program, Borrow Direct Plus, which enables onsite access for network patrons,...

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April 14, 2015

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 the Harvard Library communications team at harvard_library@harvard.edu.

Meghan Bannon is the new Harvard Medical School archivist and records manager. Meghan has had several previous Library experiences, including two years as the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary archivist and several years of processing experience at the Center for the History...

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April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015—A project out of the Library Innovation Lab, Perma.cc, has been nominated in this year’s Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet. Perma.cc, which has been listed as a contender for the best law website of the year, helps scholars, journals and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work.

There are two winners for each category. The Webby Award is given by members of the host organization, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The People’s Choice Award is determined by popular vote, so fire up your mouse and...

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April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015—National Poetry Month has kicked off, and the Harvard Library has a variety of events and activities coming up to celebrate “the best words in the best order.”

Events include:

  • The George Parker Winship Lecture: "The Muse in a Psychopathic Ward" with Sir Christopher Ricks. On April 8, attend a lecture on T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in honor of its centennial anniversary of publication, and listen to a recording of “Prufrock” made for Harvard in the 1940s. Organized by Houghton Library, co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Department of English.
  • Emily Dickinson's Music Book: A Prelude to the...
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