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Meghan Bannon and Amber LaFountain organized and presented at a panel on “Perfecting the Process” for new professionals at the New England Archivists Spring Meeting in Portsmouth, NH. They discussed topics ranging from their approach to handling electronic records to the Center's Private Practices, Public Health project efforts to make the privacy and access decision-making process more transparent to researchers, as funded by a grant from the Andrew W....read more
April 15, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Schlesinger Library Digital Archivist/Librarian—Radcliffe Institute (Grade 57, Req# 32296BR)
Continuing Resources and Acquisitions Library Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 51 Req#32324BR)
Continuing Resources and Acquisitions Library Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 54, Req#32325BR)
April 15, 2014—On a shelf in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library sits a book of the gospels in Armenian, hand-written by a scribe named Megerdich in AD 1504. Small—just 17 by 12.8 centimeters—and bound in worn leather, its pages feature stunning color drawings and meticulous work. The text was featured in two January term courses in 2010 and 2011, part of a program designed to expose students to the breadth of the Harvard Library’s collections.
A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, as the city remembers the tragedy, a Harvard initiative is telling the story of the doctors, nurses, and emergency responders who saved countless lives. It is also chronicling the days and months that followed and the spirit that helped the city recover and healed both bodies and minds. “Strong Medicine,” organized by Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, is a digital archive of stories, photographs, oral histories, and other media documenting the medical community’s response to the crisis. Read the full story.
April 8, 2014—The Harvard Library, following an extensive review of discovery systems, will adopt the Primo discovery and delivery system from Ex Libris.
Discovery systems were evaluated by the Discovery Platform Investigation working group. The following major components formed the basis of the assessment:
- Ease of use/intuitive interface
- Coherent aggregation of local, licensed and open metadata, including non-textual media and grey literature
- Effective integration of special collections
- Support for interdisciplinary research and responsiveness to a shifting research environment
- Flexibility that will enable a short-term solution as well as a path for continued development and improvement as the search,...