November 26, 3013
I am looking forward to my first Thanksgiving in the United States for many years. In 2010, Oxford's students picked Thanksgiving eve to take over the Bodleian's historic Radcliffe Camera, and I spent the night with them, making sure the library went unscathed. At one point the revolutionaries, who were protesting a rise in tuition, discussed my presence, asserting that I was there at the behest of the administration. "No," I protested, "I'm here because I love our library." To my surprise, 70 arms stretched out in jazz hands to signify agreement. At dawn I was relieved from my shift and went home, telling my family to wake me up when the turkey was ready at 2 pm. During our apple pie, the vice-chancellor called to let me know that security was entering the building. The students were let...read more
November 26, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Evening Coordinator—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 30945BR)
Head of Metadata Creation, Information and Technical Services—Harvard Library (Grade 59, Req# 31248BR)
Managing Director, Principal Gifts, University Initiatives—Alumni Affairs and Development (Grade 59, Req# 30638BR)
Project Manager for NDSR Boston, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging Services—Harvard Library (Grade 57, Req# 31249BR)
November 26, 2013—Progress on the on the next-generation Digital Repository Service (DRS) since the last update, includes:
- Library Technology Services (LTS) is creating migration tools to perform a precision migration of the vast quantity of DRS metadata that describes over 45 million files in the DRS. Cloud computing and computing cluster options are being explored to distribute the large amount of processing power required.
- Migrating Metadata: A first draft of a proposed migration plan is being finalized. Since migration will impact all users, including DRS depositors, content owners and collection managers, beginning in December, a series of...
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Constance Rinaldo, librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library, presented a talk on a panel, "Crafting the Future of a Global Biodiversity Heritage Library for Diverse Communities' Needs," at the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) meeting. She also presented a paper and co-led a discussion/hackathon (with Mark Phillips of the Digital Public Library of America) on "Collection Assessment in a Collaborative Environment: BHL and DPLA” at the Digital Library Federation meeting.
Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, university archivist, was...read more
November 21, 2013—The first printing press in what would become the United States of America set sail for Boston Harbor in 1638 with the Rev. Joseph Glover and his family on board. Joseph died on the journey; his widow Elizabeth and Stephen Day (sometimes Daye), an indentured locksmith, established the press on what is now Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. The press produced the first book printed in America, the Bay Psalm Book (1640).
(Please scroll down to see a slideshow about the book.)
Harvard's Houghton Library holds one of the surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—1700 were printed and only 11 remain. Thus, this book is much more rare than other landmarks of printing such as the Gutenburg Bible (49 copies) or Shakespeare's First Folio (...read more