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This is a platform for Library news and events. Please send comments and suggestions to Thomas Dodson.

March 19, 2014

A collection of Walter Gropius’s bow ties at the Loeb Design Library reflects the famed modernist architect and his love of joy. “It was the architecture gear of a certain era,” said Benjamin Prosky, GSD’s assistant dean for communications. Read the full story.



File Under: Collections, Loeb Design
March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

As many of you know, the Library Leadership Team charged a Discovery Platform Investigation Group to explore the Web Scale Discovery tools currently available in the marketplace and make a recommendation regarding the potential use of such a tool at Harvard. I am pleased to report that the DPI group recommended working with Ex Libris to implement Primo for the upcoming academic year. We are currently in negotiations with Ex Libris and hope to have an agreement finalized soon. Primo will make it possible for us to meet a persistent demand from our users for the ability to search for books and articles simultaneously.

The Search and Discovery Group will be hosting an open meeting for the community in April and we will share more details about the selection process, the Primo tool, and implementation plans in...

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File Under: Project Update
March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014—Since the February update, members of the DRS Advisory Group shared the DRS metadata migration plan at an open meeting on February 26. The meeting's slides can be found here.

A key takeaway from the open meeting was a comparison of the new DRS to the current DRS using the NDSA Levels of Preservation, a tiered set of recommendations organizations should aspire to in their digital preservation...

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File Under: Project Update
March 18, 2014

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to Kira Poplowski, director of communications.

Joseph Garver, librarian for research services and collection development, and Jonathan Rosenwasser, reference assistant, of the Harvard Map Collection, were invited to attend Global Mapping of Macao: An International Symposium at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). At the symposium in May 2014, Joe will present “Early Images of China in Western Maps.” Joe and Jonathan assisted with symposium preparation in 2013, when MUST librarians visited Harvard.

Joe has...

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File Under: Staff News
March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014—In response to feedback from the library community, enhancements to the library staff directory went live today, Tuesday, March 18.

These enhancements allow library staff members to:

  • Add a professional image to your profile
  • Add a professional biography to your profile
  • Add language proficiency to your profile
  • Indicate an affiliation with multiple Harvard libraries

Other enhancements include:

  • Ability to search the staff directory by languages and roles, in addition to by library, School, subject area, name and keyword
  • More robust information on profile thumbnails
  • Clickable email addresses (...
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File Under: Project Update


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