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October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014—A recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation explored why the prices of journals are so high, why they grow faster than inflation, why they vary widely from publisher to publisher, why different universities pay different prices for the same journal and how these prices impede research and scholarship.

The session was led by Peter Suber from the Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication and featured Ted Bergstrom, an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara and a leading thinker on the economics of scholarly journals. Bergstrom also directs the Big Deal Contract Project, which collects data on journal prices, in collaboration with Paul Courant of the University of Michigan and R...

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October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014--Visitors to Lamont and Cabot, two of Harvard’s busiest libraries, now have the option to use new self-checkout machines to borrow library materials. The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, as well as to allow library staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, etc.

The machines are installed and are fully operational as of today, October 20.

Providing a self-serve option is one of several ongoing efforts by the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Library to respond to user needs, such as HOLLIS+, the Tozzer Library and ...

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File Under: Cabot, Lamont
October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Dear colleagues,

In July, the FAS Libraries leadership gathered to discuss their FY15 priorities, guided by feedback from FAS library staff members. The FAS Libraries managers have been meeting for almost two years to strengthen their collaboration and to develop a set of shared goals and priorities. These goals, which are aligned with our overall strategic objectives, were recently finalized by the group and are summarized below. As the head of both the Harvard Library and the FAS Libraries, I look for synergies in our activities and I seek to ensure that our activities...

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October 17, 2014

October 21, 2014—It is Open Access Week 2014 and Harvard is celebrating! OA Week is an international event highlighting open access to research and promoting open access as the new default for peer-reviewed scholarship and research. The Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) is planning a series of Harvard-based open-access announcements and outreach tools highlighting the advantages of open access.  The OSC Open Access Week web page lists announcements already out, and the page will be updated with new announcements as we release them. 

To participate, learn more about open access, or download outreach tools, visit our Open Access Week page.

File Under: Open Access
October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014—Below is a list of active e-resource trials for Harvard Library. You are welcome to send any comments or questions to the selector and coordinator listed for each resource. If you have any problem viewing it, the list is also available at the ITS wiki page Current E-Resource Trials for Harvard Library

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