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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
April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014—“Women in Medicine” at the Schlesinger Library showcased the struggles and achievements of women doctors, medical activists and health care providers in the 19th and 20th centuries. “We wanted to think of women doing groundbreaking things in roles that were not expected of them,” said Genna Duplisea, who curated the exhibit.

Duplisea, along with Jaimie Fritz, worked on the exhibit as a capstone to the Schlesinger’s Experimental Archives Project (EAP), which encourages archivists to work collaboratively to test new approaches. Duplisea is now at Salve Regina College, and Fritz joined the MIT Libraries.

“After nearly two years working for the...

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File Under: Exhibitions, Schlesinger
April 24, 2014

Traveling abroad on behalf of the University can be exciting and rewarding, and safety is a key component. Before you go, visit to:

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File Under: Policy and Procedures


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