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January 1, 2014

Winter Storm Warnings will be issued for all of southern New England.


Snow begins late tonight with heaviest snow Thursday night into early Friday.  An inch or two is possible for the Thursday morning commute, especially north of the Mass Pike, with 2-5” accumulation by late Thursday. By the Friday morning commute, we can expect 6-10” of widespread snow accumulation with areas in eastern Massachusetts receiving 10-14” of snow.  The snow will have relatively low water content and will be of a fluffy consistency.


The wind will be strongest Thursday night into Friday morning with wind gusts over 40 mph possible across eastern Massachusetts. Strong winds could bring near blizzard like conditions with drifting and blowing snow significantly...

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File Under: Weather
December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013—The sea of information available to scholars and researchers can seem impossibly vast. But, with the help of a new grant, Cornell University Library, in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries, aims to make that sea easier to navigate.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a nearly $1 million, two-year grant to Cornell to support an investigation using Linked Data and the Semantic Web to improve discovery and access of scholarly information by the three libraries.

The Semantic Web is a set of conventions for making the human-readable information communicated on web pages more understandable and reusable by computers. Linked Data is a way of expressing data in large “clouds” on the Internet so that computers can make...

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File Under: Collaboration, Innovation
December 18, 2013

Yahoo’s social networking website and micro-blogging platform Tumblr honored Houghton Library’s blog as one of its "New and Notable Blogs of 2013." Houghton Library is the primary repository for rare books and manuscripts at Harvard University and is part of the Harvard College Library within the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Its blog launched in June and displays digitized images from the library’s collection. Houghton’s blog is joined by 19 other honorees that include the White House, National Geographic and Financial Times. Read the full story.

File Under: Houghton
December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

As we near the end of the calendar year, I have been reflecting on the Harvard Library. There’s much that is good and some things that are works in progress. You, library staff members, are a joy to work with. Everywhere I go, on my many library visits (my tally to date is 59), I have been welcomed by enthusiastic, intelligent and hard-working people. I’m not alone in this assessment of library staff. Last Friday I presented an update to the Council of Deans and President Faust. One of the deans had recently held a lunch for students during which he asked the third-year students what they would advise new students. They replied: “Go see the librarians early! They’ll...

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File Under: Library Leadership
December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Chief Technology Strategist—Harvard Library (Grade 62, Req# 31536BR)

Library Assistant VII—Information and Technical Services (Grade 54, Req# 31342BR)

Manager for Serials Acquisitions & Management—Information and Technical Services (Grade 58, Req# 31339BR)

File Under: Positions Posted


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