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September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014—In observance of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, several Boston-area institutions, including the Harvard Library, are hosting exhibitions that showcase the visual side of the war. Cartographic elements found in “From the Alps to the Ocean: Maps of the Western Front at the Harvard Map Collection” include global, continental, geological, aerial, battleground, cartoon and caricature; the Boston Athenaeum and Musuem of Fine Arts are showing poster collections. Read the full story in the Boston Globe

September 25, 2014

Dear colleagues,

We hope you can join a library all-staff meeting led by Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Sarah will provide an update on current and future library activities and there will be an opportunity for questions.

Friday, September 26th, 9:30am, Austin Classroom 100 North, Harvard Law School

Tuesday, September 30th, 12:30pm, Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School

The September 30th session will be webcast*...

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September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014—Below is a list of active e-resource trials for Harvard Library. You are welcome to send any comments or questions to the selector and coordinator listed for each resource. If you have any problem viewing it, the list is also available at the ITS wiki page Current E-Resource Trials for Harvard Library

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September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 — Don’t forget to save the date for the Library's Symposium on Sustainable Models for Print Storage in 21st Century Libraries!

On October 1st and 2nd, the Symposium will bring together leaders in the reconceptualization of collection management from the US and the UK, librarians, Harvard faculty members and other stakeholders to share experiences and to advance thinking on optimal constructs for the coming decades. Event highlights are:

October 1
3:00 - 4:30 PM, Keynote Speech, "The Evolution of the UK Research Reserve: Long-Term Sustainabilty for Low-Use Journals" with Sir Drummond Bone of the University of Oxford and Deborah Shorley, research consultant.
4:30 - 6:30 PM, Reception

October 2
9:00 - 9:15 AM, Welcome from Sarah Thomas 
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September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014—Can any single object create more more anxiety for librarians than the simple X-Acto knife? At the inaugural Books@Baker event, Michael Blanding, author of The Map Thief and Baker Library staff member, discussed the damage wrought by a rare map dealer and his X-Acto knife.

Between 1998 and 2005, E. Forbes Smiley III pilfered nearly 100 maps from collections at the Boston Public Library, New York Public Library, British Library, Newberry Library, Harvard and Yale, netting him over $3 million.

Smiley’s crime spree began to unravel in 2005, when a canny librarian at Yale spotted an X-Acto knife on the floor near Smiley. He ultimately admitted to the thefts and served...

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