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February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014—Choice, a publication of the American Library Association, named Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) by Peter Suber an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. Suber is the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Open Access Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Choice editors applied the following criteria to make their selection:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • ...
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February 12, 2014

Dear members of the Harvard community,

We are closely monitoring the snowstorm that is expected to reach the Cambridge/Boston area tomorrow morning. The snowfall is expected to be underway during the morning commute but change over to rain in the Greater Boston area by midday. 

At this time, we are not contemplating any delays or planning to change University operations.

If you have concerns about the safety of your commute, please be in touch with your supervisor to discuss scheduling options. We will continue to closely monitor the forecast this afternoon and into the evening. Should weather conditions warrant schedule changes, we will distribute information through MessageMe and email. Updates will also be posted to the Harvard Emergency page and 866-496-NEWS....

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February 12, 2014

Dear Colleagues

In June 2013, the Harvard Library Board unanimously approved the report, Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library.  Taking over a year to develop, this report represents the culmination of input from across the library.  Recommendation 6 (on page 10) in the report states that:

"Every library, special collections, and archive will write and share collections and content development policies that will facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration."

To implement this recommendation, the Library Leadership Team needs assistance in aggregating collection and content development policy information from...

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February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014—Explore Valentine's Day through the Harvard Library collection: 

The Valentine's Day card Julia Child and her husband Paul sent to friends in the 1950s, part of the Julia Child Papers at Schlesinger Library.

“Reading improves the mind, they say. Are you fond of reading, pray?” A pick-up line from a 19th-century parlor game at Houghton Library.

"A pictorial map of Loveland,"...

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File Under: Collections
February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014—Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, will hold two all-staff meetings on February 27 to update staff members on current and future library activities. 

Space is limited, so RSVP to a session at a link below.

Thursday, February 27:

10am, Kirkland & Ellis Classroom South, Langdell Hall

3pm, Kirkland & Ellis Classroom South, Langdell Hall

There will be an opportunity for questions, and staff members may also send questions and/or topic suggestions in advance...

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File Under: Library Leadership

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