November 11, 2014—“Don't throw the past away / You might need it some rainy day,” sang Peter Allen. “Everything old is new again.”
The adage has certainly proven true for libraries’ special collections. Their transformation from untapped wilderness into researchers’ wonderland was the focus of a recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation with Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Alice Schreyer, interim library director, associate university librarian for area studies and special collections and curator of rare books at the University of Chicago Library. The...read more
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Karen Beck recently attended “Acknowledging the Past, Forging the Future: National Colloquium on Special Collections” at Case Western Reserve Kelvin Smith Library and the celebration of “The Common Law Epitomiz’d: Anthony Taussig’s Law Books” at Yale Law School.
Karen is the manager of Historical &...read more
November 11, 2014—Students, staff and community members at Harvard Divinity School celebrated their library over a series of social and academic events in October as part of Theological Libraries Month.
During a community tea for students, Andover-Harvard Theological Library director Doug Gragg showed off a silver tea set recently donated to the Archives. It had been a gift of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York to its minister, Moses Ballou, in the mid-19th century.
But students weren’t the only patrons who helped AHTL celebrate: author Sara Day visited to share the backstory of her new book, Coded Letters, Concealed Love. Day drew on Andover-Harvard’s collections, finding...read more
November 10, 2014—The Harvard Library is administering a Harvard-wide faculty survey on attitudes and practices about the evolution of research and teaching in an increasingly digital environment. The survey is part of the Library’s ongoing efforts to align its services with faculty needs and results will inform the Library’s key decisions and multi-year planning.
The survey, which was emailed to faculty members on November 10, was developed by Ithaka S+R and has been used to gather data about changing patterns of scholarly activity from more than 160,000 academics in the US and the UK over the past decade.
The survey closes on November 24 and the Library will hold open sessions for faculty members and library staff members in the spring, once analysis has been completed.
Administration of the Ithaka survey at...read more
November 4, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Access Services Assistant (Library Assistant VI)—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 34039BR)
Collection Librarian for Social Sciences and Quantitative Data—Collection Development, Harvard College Library (Grade 58, Req# 34151BR)
Research Librarian & Business and Corporate Law Specialist—Harvard Law School Library (Grade 57, Req# 34119BR)
Serials Acquisitions and Management Library Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 52, Req# 34142BR)