In the May 22 issue of The New York Review of Books, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Robert Darnton discusses the future of the digital library. Read the full story.
May 2, 2014—Harvard alumni have repeatedly requested that access to the Library’s electronic resources be extended to them after they graduate. Several Harvard schools license subject-based packages for the use of their own alumni population, and while two of these packages have been licensed in such a way as to allow access to all of Harvard’s alumni, the lack of an easy way to authenticate users has prevented the Library from opening up even those resources to all who could be permitted to use them.
To examine the feasibility of providing access to over 300,000 living Harvard alumni, the Harvard Library appointed an Alumni Access Task Force. The Task Force has issued an interim report in April 2014, with preliminary findings about available packages, peer’s offerings, technical infrastructure, cost and promotion issues,...read more
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Jenny Gotwals and Amanda Strauss of Schlesinger Library presented “Create the Wikipedia You Want to See” at the New England Archivists Spring Meeting, focusing on Wikipedia entries for libraries, archives and other cultural institutions plus practical tips for hosting Wikipedia edit-a-thons.
Jenny is a lead manuscript cataloger; prior to joining Harvard, she was the visual materials archivist at the New-York Historical Society, and earned an MA in history and a certificate in archival management and...read more
May 6, 2014—Electronic images can be poor substitutes for images in print—one reason why art and architecture scholars continue to rely heavily on print publications despite a shift to digital.
Vanessa Kam, acting head of music, art and architecture at the University of British Columbia Library, joined a Harvard Library Strategic Conversation to share her findings from a study of the balance between print and digital in art and architecture collections.
“Given the state of art and architecture collecting today,” Kam asked, with print retaining its importance and electronic collections growing, “how might we go about forming a vision...read more
May 6, 2014—During Preservation Week (April 27 – May 3), the Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and Collections Care unit welcomed over 75 visitors to learn more about methods, tools and materials.
Presses, cutters, solvents, brushes, needles and paper patches galore were on display at Weissman, as well as some of the materials being treated, such as 19th-century volumes riddled with miniscule holes from insect damage, antique letters with bleeding ink, daguerreotypes destabilized through the passage of time and Benedict Arnold’s papers. “There are a lot of spies and intrigue in this box,” said Livy Bailin, a conservation technican, of the latter.
Kai Fay, a...read more