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The massive chandelier that greets visitors to Widener Library is not only impressive to look at; it’s an impressive feat to change the bulbs. Since Widener has switched to LED (light-emitting diode) lights, they haven’t had to in two years. This is just one benefit of a new initiative that is helping the Library to implement greener lighting strategies.

“I wanted to send a heartfelt note of gratitude to the entire team for creating a program that opened paths of possibilities for intrepid researchers,” writes a participant of a recent Harvard Library workshop on enhancing scholarly research skills.

Visitors from countries such as Ireland, Australia, Italy, Costa Rica, and South Africa have left handwritten notes in the Opening New Worlds guest book, one of many exhibitions currently on view across Harvard Library.

The File Information Tool Set was recently updated to include a new feature that processes video files.

It was every librarian’s nightmare: opening a box to reveal soaking wet film, video, and audio tapes. In the workshop “(What If) A River Runs Through It: Salvaging Wet Audiovisual Materials,” Elizabeth Walters and Liz Coffey instructed librarians on how to handle water-damaged materials.

On January 12, 2016, librarians joined colleagues in a practice-based workshop entitled The Art of Teaching for Librarians. Sponsored by the Research, Teaching & Learning Standing Committee, this workshop explored what it means to be a learner-centered instructor.

Over the course of the afternoon, fine paper and linen thread became books, thanks to the expert guidance of staff from Harvard Library Preservation Services.

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members. Have something to share? Please send it to the Harvard Library communications team at harvard_library@harvard.edu.

Administrative and Operations Support Services team picture

Team profiles spotlight groups across Harvard Library. In this Q&A, we spoke with Naomi Handler, manager of Administrative and Operations Support Services.

Get It Services infographic

Recent improvements to the Harvard Library Portal include new resources for alumni, a redesign of the Get It! Services page and the Library blog, and a new way of collecting stories from the Harvard community.

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