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
October 22, 2013—In the 1930s, Bernard Berenson, an avid collector, published a series of articles about “homeless” Renaissance Italian paintings—works that had been documented at some point in a photograph but subsequently dropped out of sight. By using an early example of crowdsourcing, Berenson hoped to identify the whereabouts of the items.
A collaboration between Biblioteca Berenson and metaLAB at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society aims to update Berenson’s efforts for the 21st century. Biblioteca Berenson, part of Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, digitized, cataloged and ...read more