September 25, 2013
Dear faculty colleagues,
With the enthusiastic support of the University Librarian Robert Darnton and the Chair of the FAS Standing Committee on the Library Joyce Chaplin, I am writing to share the exciting news that Sarah Thomas, the recently appointed Vice President for the Harvard Library (HL), has agreed to lead the FAS libraries. As the Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, she will oversee and coordinate all FAS libraries, including Harvard College Library (HCL).
Before joining Harvard in August, Sarah headed the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries for more than six years, served two terms on the Visiting Committee to Oversee the Harvard University Library, and started her career as a preliminary cataloger in Widener Library. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in German from...read more
September 24, 2013—Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, addressed staff in Askwith Hall on September 19, 2013 to introduce herself and plans for the direction of the Harvard Library. She also welcomed questions from the audience and said she would do her best to answer any questions submitted via email as well. Thomas said she would like to have at least one all-staff meeting per semester, or two or three times per year, as she welcomes the opportunity to engage Library staff members directly in a face-to-face dialogue. Some of these meetings will have a component of information, she said, but she also likes the “give and take” of hearing what’s on staff members’ minds and a chance for her to speak informally in a way that is candid and conveys more that one can read in an email. Another benefit to these meetings is...read more
September 24, 2013
There was much interest at the all-staff meeting in what the Library’s role in the Campaign will be. I attended the Campaign launch on Saturday evening and connected with several members of the Visiting Committee and other library supporters. If you click on the Campaign website, you will see that the first aspiration begins with the library as an illustration. The Campaign website is intended to be dynamic, which will allow us to update it often. In addition, we will be developing some Campaign literature which will showcase our...read more
September 24, 2013—Jane Kelly, Historical & Special Collections assistant, and Margaret Peachy, curator of digital collections, both of the Harvard Law School Library, said they felt lucky to have the opportunity to curate an exhibition that coincides with Celebration 60, the upcoming 60th-anniversary celebration of the first women graduates of Harvard Law School (HLS).
“Anyone in Historical & Special Collections would have been happy to work on this exhibition,” Kelly said, “but because we’ve been processing the Red Set Ephemera collection, we already had some amazing material we knew we could share. The flyers, invitations and brochures from the Ephemera collection do a great job of capturing campus activities, day-to-day student concerns...read more
September 24, 2013—On September 20, the Harvard Law School Library hosted its ninth annual “Love Your Library Fest,” in which law students were introduced to the library by visiting various stations, including Historical & Special Collections, legal vendors and the reference desk—which offered a no-brainer “quiz” about commonly used library services.
“We hold our orientation to the library a few weeks into the semester so that students can learn the services we provide in a relaxed and informal way,” said Meg Kribble, research librarian and outreach coordinator at the Law School Library. “The day isn’t about teaching research techniques; it’s more about showing the students that we’re approachable, knowledgeable and willing to help.” Other Law Library staff involved in organizing the event were Mindy Kent, manager of...read more