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May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014—During Preservation Week (April 27 – May 3), the Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and Collections Care unit welcomed over 75 visitors to learn more about methods, tools and materials.

Presses, cutters, solvents, brushes, needles and paper patches galore were on display at Weissman, as well as some of the materials being treated, such as 19th-century volumes riddled with miniscule holes from insect damage, antique letters with bleeding ink, daguerreotypes destabilized through the passage of time and Benedict Arnold’s papers. “There are a lot of spies and intrigue in this box,” said Livy Bailin, a conservation technican, of the latter.

Kai Fay, a...

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May 5, 2014

Dear colleagues,

The Open Your Hidden Collections proposals are available for community review.

Please visit the link above and click on the name of a proposal for details and to provide an evaluation. Evaluations are due via the online forms by 5pm on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Following the community review period, members of the Screening Group will rank-order the proposals for review by Sarah Thomas, vice president of the Harvard Library, and members of the Library Leadership Team, who will decide which proposals to fund. Proposal sponsors will be notified by May 28 and the results will be announced publicly during the week of June 2, 2014.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal and those who evaluate them!

Best regards,


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File Under: Collections
May 1, 2014

Please see a message below from Harvard Emergency Management re: a large-scale emergency exercise taking place around Boston and Cambridge on Saturday and Sunday (May 3-4, 2014).

To: LEMT Leaders, ESF Leads, CMT Core, Ad Deans

A large-scale emergency exercise titled “Urban Shield” will be taking place in multiple locations in Boston and Cambridge this weekend from Saturday at 8am to Sunday at 8am.  We are informing you for informational purposes only.  It is possible that members of the public may see public safety personnel responding to simulated emergencies as part of this exercise. Please see the City of Boston’s official press release regarding this exercise.

Thank you,

Nicholas Hambridge
Associate Director of...

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File Under: Alerts
April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014—Since the March update, enhancements to the DRS Web Admin to support faceted browsing of search results and bulk processing (download, deletion and recovery) have been put into production. A screenshot of new faceted browsing feature is above.

Additional recent accomplishments include:

  • A targeted meeting on the migration was held March 31 with distance users from Dumbarton Oaks, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Biblioteca Berenson at Villa I Tatti.
  • The Office of Scholarly Communications began depositing DASH electronic theses and dissertations into the new DRS for preservation.

Upcoming milestones and events include:

  • The migration of Tier 1 (color...
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File Under: Project Update
April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014—The Information and Technical Services (ITS) Department has launched a Planning and Goal Setting Initiative (Project) designed to develop in three phases over the course of fiscal years 14 and 15.

The goals we hope to achieve are summed up in four points with an overarching mission to support the acquisition and discovery of our rich library collections.

  1. To build a sustainable organization that succeeds in delivering services that users need.
  2. To allow users to access a broad range of materials more quickly at point-of-need by addressing enduring backlogs in the near-term.
  3. To support better access to our unique collections and underserved formats.
  4. To support other library initiatives that address unmet needs (e.g. new types of acquisitions, search...
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File Under: ITS, Project Update


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