November 19, 2013—In September 2013, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, appointed a review committee to evaluate the Affinity Group Model. A summary of that report is below. Thomas will determine next steps and share them with the Library community by the end of fall semester 2013.
Summary of Affinity Group Review Report
The charge to the review committee read, “After gathering a range of opinion from the community, the review committee will prepare a report for the VPHL that considers the current model’s strengths and challenges as a part of the organizational structure, and suggests options for continuing its successes and addressing its failures.”
The members of the review committee were...read more
November 19, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, the issue of possible understaffing in Access Services was raised. Below is a response from Matthew Sheehy, head of Access Services.
Working with staff members and library directors, Access Services continues to refine service expectations, workflows, use of student workers and staffing levels. This ongoing assessment is occurring as we simultaneously work to complete day-to-day tasks, which might mean we are feeling pressure to meet our users’ needs.
Access Services managers and library directors are planning to form a group that will specifically examine staffing levels. Library staff members will be invited...read more
November 18, 2013--In celebration of American Education Week, November 18-22, this slideshow (scroll down for captions) explores a chief educational tool for teaching of literacy: the reading textbook, often known as a reader. Readers are usually compilations of fiction and/or nonfiction, and have been authored and printed in the US for centuries. This slideshow gives a glimpse to ongoing development of readers, their authors and reading education from the late 18th to the first decades of the early 20th century.
The materials selected for this slideshow were digitized and are part of the Harvard Library digital collection Reading: Harvard Views of Readers,...read more
Read a Harvard Gazette article about a new initiative to preserve rare recordings in the Woodberry Poetry Room.