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October 22, 2014

October 21, 2014

The Harvard Library is pleased to announce a new policy on the use of digital reproductions of works in the public domain. When the Library makes such reproductions and makes them openly available online, it will treat the reproductions themselves as objects in the public domain. It will not try to restrict what users can do with them, nor will it grant or deny permission for any use. For more detail, see the policy FAQ.

The policy supports the Harvard Library’s mission to advance scholarship and...

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File Under: Collections, Open Access
October 21, 2014

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 Kate Kondayen, communications officer.

Susan Cassidy joined the Harvard Library as the public programming and stewardship officer, where she will be responsible for coordinating the Library’s efforts to connect with patrons, scholars and potential donors, and will liaise with the University’s Development Offices in creating strategies for the Library’s Campaign.

Susan comes to the Library from the...

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File Under: Staff News
October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014—A recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation explored why the prices of journals are so high, why they grow faster than inflation, why they vary widely from publisher to publisher, why different universities pay different prices for the same journal and how these prices impede research and scholarship.

The session was led by Peter Suber from the Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication and featured Ted Bergstrom, an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara and a leading thinker on the economics of scholarly journals. Bergstrom also directs the Big Deal Contract Project, which collects data on journal prices, in collaboration with Paul Courant of the University of Michigan and R...

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File Under: Events, Open Access
October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014--Visitors to Lamont and Cabot, two of Harvard’s busiest libraries, now have the option to use new self-checkout machines to borrow library materials. The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, as well as to allow library staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, etc.

The machines are installed and are fully operational as of today, October 20.

Providing a self-serve option is one of several ongoing efforts by the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Library to respond to user needs, such as HOLLIS+, the Tozzer Library and ...

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File Under: Cabot, Lamont
October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Dear colleagues,

In July, the FAS Libraries leadership gathered to discuss their FY15 priorities, guided by feedback from FAS library staff members. The FAS Libraries managers have been meeting for almost two years to strengthen their collaboration and to develop a set of shared goals and priorities. These goals, which are aligned with our overall strategic objectives, were recently finalized by the group and are summarized below. As the head of both the Harvard Library and the FAS Libraries, I look for synergies in our activities and I seek to ensure that our activities...

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File Under: Library Leadership

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