October 23, 2013—Harvard’s Ernst Mayr Library is partnering on Purposeful Gaming, a project that makes a game out of transcribing historical documents, led by the Missouri Botanical Garden and supported by an IMLS National Leadership Grant.
For its part, Ernst Mayr staff members are working on 2,000 pages of diaries and field notes by William Brewster, a late-19th- and early-20th-century ornithologist/naturalist. Historic literature, especially handwritten notes, typically cannot be transcribed using optical character recognition (OCR) software thanks to varying fonts, typesetting and layouts. The goal of the Purposeful Gaming project is to both test the efficacy of gaming as a transcription tool and improve access to digital texts.
“We will hire two interns to transcribe the pages, and then those transcriptions will be...read more
October 27, 2013--Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the US and a member of Harvard's Class of 1880, was born on October 27, 1858 in New York, NY. The slideshow below (scroll down for captions) explores his early life and his time at Harvard using materials from the extensive Theodore Roosevelt Collection held at Harvard's Houghton and Widener Libraries.
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October 22, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Financial Analyst III—Financial Services (Grade 58, Req# 30952BR)
Library Assistant VI, Evening Coordinator—Access Services, Physical and Life Science and Arts, Design and Music (Grade 53, Req# 30945BR)
Manager of Information and Technical Services—Countway Library of Medicine (Grade 58, Req# 30955BR)
Staff Assistant—Office for Scholarly Communication (Grade 53, Req# 30803BR)
October 22, 2013—In 1905, a woman in Maryland was commissioned to drive a horse-drawn wagon filled with books into remote areas without libraries—which was a good idea until the cart was hit by a train. Luckily there were no human or equine casualties.
Since then the history of the traveling library, or bookmobile, was considerably more positive, said Derek Attig, an American studies scholar, at a talk at Harvard earlier this month. Bookmobiles, he said, have had a considerable impact on American history—from aiding diplomacy to helping connect and unify communities in rural areas.
“The most powerful role of bookmobiles has been to move books through space and create communities,” Attig said...read more