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May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014—A collaborative project of the libraries of the Seven Sisters schools, including the Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, received a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support development of a digital portal that gathers letters, diaries and scrapbooks of the first generations of their students.

The History of Women’s Education Open Access Portal Project will be led by the Bryn Mawr College Library, which was awarded the grant. In addition to Schlesinger Library, participants also include the libraries of Barnard College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Vassar College and Wellesley College. 

This group of schools, once known as the Seven Sisters, educated many ambitious, socially conscious and intellectually committed women, and their graduates became prominent leaders in...

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File Under: Schlesinger
May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014—Visitors to the Materials Collection at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library will never be admonished to look without touching. In this tactile paradise, fingers—and imagination—are encouraged to roam free.

Tucked in a long, narrow room off the stacks, the collection consists of 600-plus physical material samples, often with multiple pieces per product. Bins, boxes and bags fill shelves and drawers with objects of every texture, color, size and shape.

Created and cultivated to support research, teaching and learning, the collection...

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File Under: Collections, Loeb Design
May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014—The Harvard Library will launch the Pforzheimer Fellows program this summer, which will bring together humanities graduate students who will have the opportunity to learn in-depth about the work of libraries today, especially about emerging fields in librarianship.

Named in honor of Carl H. Pforzheimer III’s generous contributions to the Library, the Fellows will work on projects under the tutelage of skilled librarian mentors and learn about career opportunities in  librarianship, touching on subjects like innovative collection building, online publishing and the management of intellectual property.

Professor Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, proposed the fellowships.

“Graduate students face uncertain futures, especially in the humanities. Research...

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May 9, 2014

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder that evaluations of the Open Your Hidden Collections proposals are due via the online forms by 5pm on Monday, May 12.

Please see details below, and thank you.


Kira Poplowski, PhD
Director of Communications
The Harvard Library

Dear colleagues,

The Open Your Hidden Collections proposals are available for community review.

Please click on the name of a proposal for details and to provide an evaluation. Evaluations are due via the online forms by 5pm on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Following the community review period, members of the Screening Group will rank-order the proposals for review by Sarah...

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File Under: Innovation
May 7, 2014

Library Technology Services plans to upgrade Aleph from Version 20 to Version 22 over commencement weekend (May 30 – June 1).   

Why are we upgrading now?

System Stability. Aleph version 20 is no longer fully supported by Ex Libris. Version 20 requires older versions of the operating system (Red Hat) and database (Oracle). The upgrade project includes migrating to HUIT supported versions of the Aleph's server platform.

Discovery Integration. The Primo discovery system relies on features only available in Aleph 22 to support Scan and Deliver services.

We will follow up with a detailed timeline and overview of new features in the coming weeks.

Luke Gaudreau
Production Systems Librarian
Harvard Library Technology Services


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