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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

May 6, 2014

In the May 22 issue of The New York Review of Books, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Robert Darnton discusses the future of the digital library. Read the full story.



May 6, 2014

May 2, 2014—Harvard alumni have repeatedly requested that access to the Library’s electronic resources be extended to them after they graduate. Several Harvard schools license subject-based packages for the use of their own alumni population, and while two of these packages have been licensed in such a way as to allow access to all of Harvard’s alumni, the lack of an easy way to authenticate users has prevented the Library from opening up even those resources to all who could be permitted to use them.

To examine the feasibility of providing access to over 300,000 living Harvard alumni, the Harvard Library appointed an Alumni Access Task Force. The Task Force has issued an interim report in April 2014, with preliminary findings about available packages, peer’s offerings, technical infrastructure, cost and promotion issues,...

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May 6, 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 the Harvard Library communications team at

Jenny Gotwals and Amanda Strauss of Schlesinger Library presented “Create the Wikipedia You Want to See” at the New England Archivists Spring Meeting, focusing on Wikipedia entries for libraries, archives and other cultural institutions plus practical tips for hosting Wikipedia edit-a-thons.

Jenny is a lead manuscript cataloger; prior to joining Harvard, she was the visual materials archivist at the New-York Historical Society, and earned an MA in history and a certificate in archival...

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File Under: Staff News
May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014—Electronic images can be poor substitutes for images in print—one reason why art and architecture scholars continue to rely heavily on print publications despite a shift to digital.

Vanessa Kam, acting head of music, art and architecture at the University of British Columbia Library, joined a Harvard Library Strategic Conversation to share her findings from a study of the balance between print and digital in art and architecture collections.

“Given the state of art and architecture collecting today,” Kam asked, with print retaining its importance and electronic collections growing, “how might we go about forming a vision...

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