August 20, 2013—Two watercolors from the Harvard University Archives by Jonathan Fisher, Harvard Class of 1795, are now on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. The exhibit, "A Wondrous Journey—Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals," highlights Fisher’s curious mind and his multifaceted interests and talents as a minister, mathematician, linguist, teacher and writer—in addition to his work as a visual artist. “The two pieces [from Harvard] are important to the exhibit because it was at Harvard that Jonathan Fisher had the access to the books, ideas and teachers who forever inspired his intellectual pursuits,” said Farnsworth Assistant Curator Jane Bianco, who curated the exhibit.
Bianco tracked down Fisher’s mathematical thesis—which is...read more
August 20, 2013—Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) and recently appointed director of the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), in conjunction with the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC)—headquartered in Harvard Square—has been working to provide global access to more than 17,000 volumes of Tibetan literature. Founded in 1999, the TBRC specializes in seeking rare Tibetan texts, and then digitally preserving, cataloging and disseminating the literature online.
The TBRC provides free access to the texts to Tibetan religious leaders and their translators and provides subscription programs for university researchers. “But our overall goal is to...read more
August 13, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Project Coordinator—Office for Scholarly Communication (Grade 55, Req# 30332BR)
Repository Manager—Office for Scholarly Communication (Grade 56, Req# 30329BR)
August 13, 2013—Trophies, in addition to books, circulate through the Harvard Law School Library. There are three trophies, of three different sizes, each depicting a five-card poker hand. These trophies are displayed proudly in staff offices.
Every Thursday, a group of library staff members meet on the first floor of the building. It’s not quite a boiler room (though they do bring out a felt-covered card table); there is no cigar smoke, and no real money is exchanged. “But there are definitely bragging rights involved for the winners,” said Meg Kribble, a research librarian and outreach coordinator, who is a regular player.
The group formed about three years ago and the number of players ranges from as few as three to as many as nine. They play Texas Hold ’Em—with the blind raised every 15 minutes during the hour to keep...read more
August 13, 2013—For two years Mark Shelton, head of collection development for the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Gutman Library, has organized a “Distinguished Author Series”—which features both HGSE faculty members and other reputable authors who have recently published books in the field of education. The formats of the talks can vary—there can be a single lecturer, a panel of speakers or even two presenters conversing about the topic. There is always an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
Gutman Library hosted 17 talks last year, and Shelton already has five talks—with a possible sixth—lined up for the fall. “Many of the speakers are faculty members who have recently published books,” Shelton said. “For them, it’s a great way to let the greater community become aware of their ideas—and not just...read more