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March 10, 2015

Alana Kumbier, Critical Social Inquiry & Digital Pedagogy Librarian at Hampshire CollegeMarch 10, 2015—The Russian word samizdat comes from the combination of sam- or “self” with izdatel’stvo, “published house,” and roughly translates to “I publish myself.”

The word and the practices it describes both emerged in the 1950s in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, where writers were compelled to self-produce and distribute literature that was forbidden by the state. A recent panel discussion co-sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies brought together scholars and librarians to discuss not only samizdat, but also zines, the self-...

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March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015—Librarians, archivists, technologists and administrators gathered from across Harvard last week to hear Library Vice President Sarah Thomas reflect on the organization’s progress over the last six months, as well to share their thoughts on upcoming priorities and plans for the Library.

Thomas commended the progress on all ten of the Library’s strategic priorities, especially lauding accomplishments in enhancing discovery and delivery, which will be retired as a priority....

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File Under: Library Leadership
March 3, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to update you on our progress with regard to governance in the Harvard Library. Five Standing Committees that parallel our strategic objectives have been established and approximately 60 staff from across the Harvard libraries are now serving on them. Five Councils representing disciplinary and format groupings are envisaged as opportunities for interested staff to participate in discussions relevant to their work. Councils are open to all members of the Harvard Library community. Each of the Councils—Science; Special Collections and Archives; Arts, Design, and Music; Social Sciences; and IT—has begun to form and meetings are beginning to be held. An inventory of groups that used to meet or have been meeting over the last few years has been created, and our Governance Team is now aligning them with...

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File Under: Library Leadership
March 3, 2015

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 harvard_library@harvard.edu.

Kyle Courtney, Gregory Eow, Susan Fliss and Irina Klyagin

Kyle Courtney

Kyle K. Courtney recently spoke at the National Association of College and University...

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File Under: Staff News
February 24, 2015

February 24, 2015—Harvard’s libraries, collections and staff members were recently featured in campus and external media publications.

December 24: A Harvard Gazette story looked at ways in which the Schlesinger Library exhibit “What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War” explored the conflict's intimate, individual narratives.

The January-February issue of Harvard Magazine contained an article on the “Wild West” of academic publishing, looking at the troubled present and promising future of...

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