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May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015—The third and final war of Cuban independence from Spain ended in 1898, but the end of the fighting only gave rise to a new kind of turbulence. From that year until the Cuban republic was proclaimed in 1902, the United States governed the island nation. Occupied Cuba, on exhibit at Pusey Library, brings together some documentary photographs of that time.

May 5, 2015

May 5, 2014—Bravo to the library staff members that have been named 2015 Harvard Heroes! The Harvard Heroes Program recognizes and celebrates high-performing staff from across the University; this year, emphasis was placed on selecting those staff members who exemplified One Harvard through their work by removing barriers, reducing divides, and developing and sharing resources and solutions to benefit the whole University.

Library awardees are:

  • Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor and Program Manager, Office for Scholarly Communication
    • From his nomination: "It is always challenging to bring together stakeholders from multiple schools at Harvard,...
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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015Perma.cc helps scholars, journals and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work. The project, which began in 2013, won this year's Webby Award for best website in the law category. Read more about its purpose, usage and origins here.

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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015—Pictures say a thousand words, and Shared Shelf, the Library’s latest image cataloging tool, captures them all. The over 4 million images in the Library’s collections should now be even more discoverable through the use of Shared Shelf, which replaced Harvard’s proprietary system OLIVIA last month.

Shared Shelf grew out of a collaboration between nine institutions and ARTstor in response to the growing use of, demand for and importance of visual objects in library collections. Harvard was one of the earliest participants in the project, and much of the functional design grew out of the experience and expertise of the Library’s image catalogers and Library Technology Services (LTS)...

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April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015—April has always brought a moment of reflection for those connected to Widener Library, since it marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which prompted the library's benefactor Eleanor Elkins Widener to commission its construction as a memorial to her son, Harry, who perished in the disaster. This year also marks the centennial of the library's opening, and at a recent event, book lovers and collectors came together to mark the anniversary and remember the family, whose passion has long supported and inspired Harvard's scholars.

"Great deeds can arise from tragedy," said Tom Hyry, the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, in his introduction at the event. "In remembering and celebrating Harry Widener, we acknowledge him to be an exemplar of the long tradition of the symbiotic...

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