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September 24, 2013

The Library made an impressive showing at the 2013 Society of American Archivists annual meeting, with seven staff members presenting papers and chairing sessions:

  • Kate Bowers, collections services archivist for metadata, systems and standards, and Skip Kendall, senior electronic records analyst/archivist, both of the Harvard University Archives, spoke about the technical, legal and political challenges of documenting the Occupy Harvard movement during the session “Occupy Archives.”
     
  • Emily R. Novak Gustainis, head of collection services at Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, presented a paper on implementing and evaluating multilevel processing at the session “There is No Going Back, Only Forward: Value-Added Processing in the Age of MPLP.”...
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September 17, 2013

September 14, 2013

Dear colleagues,

I will hold two all-staff meetings on Wednesday, September 18 to update staff members on current and future library activities. There will be an opportunity for questions, and staff members may also send questions and/or topic suggestions in advance to Jennifer Ward (jennifer_ward@harvard.edu). Both the 9–10am and 3–4pm sessions will be held in Askwith Hall on the first floor of Longfellow Hall at 13 Appian Way in Cambridge. Details on dialing in to a session will be shared early next week. A summary of the sessions will be posted online and included in the September 24 Library Update. These meetings are intended for library staff to come together, learn about projects under way, and hear about issues of...

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File Under: Library Leadership
September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013—This semester, the Harvard Library is holding the second data scientist training course for librarians. Christopher Erdmann, head librarian of the John G. Wolbach Library of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, organized the course so that library staff can upgrade their skills and learn new tools for data management.

“The main objectives of the course are for participants to learn to extract, analyze and present data using the most-up-to-date techniques,” Erdmann said. “I believe that our staff should have the same skills as the scientists and researchers who patronize their libraries, so they can understand their data needs better and build services that respond better to their needs.”

There are currently 45 participants registered for the course, which meets once per week and was funded...

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File Under: Staff Development
September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013—Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, will hold two all-staff meetings on September 18 to update staff members on current and future library activities. There will be an opportunity for questions, and staff members may also send questions and/or topic suggestions in advance to Jennifer Ward (jennifer_ward@harvard.edu).

Wednesday, September 18:

To view a live stream of the sessions...

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File Under: Events, Library Leadership
September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

The Library Leadership Team (LLT) convened a group a few months ago to explore next-generation search and discovery solutions for Harvard. We’d like to share our approach, and we welcome your feedback. There are three streams of activity underway:

1. Search and Discovery Exploration and Education
2. Discovery Platform Investigation
3. EBSCO Delivery Service Trial

The S & D Exploration and Education group aims to inform our community about the latest and greatest innovations in the field of search and discovery. The group will bring specialists in the field to come speak about their research with our community and we will welcome staff to participate in...

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