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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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File Under: Events, Fine Arts, Loeb Design
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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