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November 4, 2013

Peter V. MarsdenOne hundred years from now, what will people think of Post-it notes, wind-up toys or the technological marvel of our generation, the smartphone?

Future Harvard faculty, students, staff and administrators will have the opportunity to examine these early 21st-century items that are contained within a time capsule placed in the outside wall of the Tozzer Library. At a ceremony on Oct. 17, faculty and staff discussed the opportunity to place items into a capsule to be viewed by people 100 or more years from now.

“Isn’t it wonderful we’re putting it in there for 100 years?” asked Dean of Social Science Peter Marsden.

Marsden, who is the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology,...

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November 1, 2013

Sequence Control Mechanism, Mark I computer, photograph, ca. 1945A note from the Innovation Working Group:

We hope many of you have had the chance to read the recent update on the Scaling Innovation Initiative. To make the most of this phase of the initiative, the Innovation Working Group has set a priority deadline for projects to submit a self assessment, which is the first step toward turning experimental projects into sustainable services or products.

The priority deadline for submitting a self-assessment for consideration is November 20, 2013. Submissions received after November 20, 2013 will...

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October 28, 2013

October 29, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Accounting Assistant V—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 30847BR)

Camera Operator—Imaging Services (Grade 50, Req # 30805BR)

Financial Analyst III—Harvard Library (Grade 58, Req #30952BR)

File Under: Positions Posted
October 28, 2013

October 29, 2013—Link rot occurs when hyperlinks to a source in an article break, leaving scholars without access to important information.

To address the problem, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science and vice dean for library and information service at the Law School, worked with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the Digital Public Library of America, Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School and the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School to devise and develop Perma.cc, a service that allows users to create citation links that will never break.

According to a study Zittrain conducted with Kendra Albert, a Harvard Law School student, approximately 70 percent of all...

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October 27, 2013

Wikipedia LogoOctober 29, 2013—Schlesinger Library and the Center for the History of Medicine (CHoM) at Countway Library both held “Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons” in conjunction with Open Access Week, October 13-20, 2013.

At CHoM, participants from Harvard, Simmons College, Boston University and Dyer Memorial Library, among others, helped to edit the Warren Anatomical Museum’s Wikipedia entry, and learned tips and tricks along the way.

Software developer and Wiki-enthusiast Adam Hyland—who has made around 20,000 edits to Wikipedia pages—led the workshop. Hyland stressed the importance of providing ample and reputable sources in entries because “nobody knows you’...

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