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May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015—Collectors have been important to Harvard’s libraries for centuries (ahem, John Harvard’s gift comes to mind, as well as Harry Widener’s will). Today, the Library celebrates collectors early in their careers via two prizes: the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting, and the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art.

Seven students were selected as recipients of the two prizes for 2015. The Undergraduate Prize is limited to bibliophiles—collections must focus on books. The Hofer Prize allows objects as well as books, and further widens the scope by accepting applications from graduate students. Cash prizes accompany the honor for winners.


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May 19, 2015

je suis charlieMay 19, 2015—Current events can transition from the nightly news to libraries and archives in shorter time than ever before, as seen by the creation of such collections as an upcoming Charlie Hebdo Archive at Widener Library, and last year’s Strong Medicine archive at Countway Library. Part of this is enabled by approval plans, which aid bibliographers on mainstream acquisitions, freeing them to focus on primary sources and unique and distinctive collections.

Western Languages Division (WLD) head Lidia Uziel has seen enormous growth in the time she and her team can spend on curating primary sources and unique and...

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May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015—The following positions are currently available in the Library and serving the Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

  • Collection Development Librarian—Harvard College Library, Fine Arts Library (Grade 57, Req# 35700BR)
  • Communications Officer—Harvard Public Affairs & Communications (Grade 57, Req# 35794BR)
  • Multimedia Specialist—Harvard College Library, Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information (Grade 55, Req# 33936BR)
  • Project Archivist—Harvard Medical School, Countway Library (Grade 56, Req# 35711BR)
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May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015—The strategic highlighted priorities for the continued growth of RTL across the Library have made substantial strides. While the initial survey to understand faculty use of information (covered in a previous Priority Update) was completed earlier this spring, efforts to spread best practices system-wide by creation of a learning group and innovative new hires have just begun.

The creation of a standing committee devoted to RTL marked the start of a process of cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the committee’s work will continue to grow with the new governance system.

The newest members of the RTL community at Harvard are also some of the most...

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May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015—The Harvard community recently took a pause from the exams and papers, finals and farewells that come at end of term to instead look ahead by welcoming admitted students to campus. Many Schools across Harvard host open weekends for incoming first-years, and several libraries take the opportunity to highlight the collections and services that await the admits come fall.

At the Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library, current students served as cohosts with librarians, guiding the new admits to a class-based student-curated display that gave a visually compelling example of the Visual + Materials Collections, to a talk on GIS resources in the Collaboration Space, and to a visit of...

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