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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Associate Director of FAS Library Facilities—Faculty of Arts & Sciences (Grade 59, Req# 31117BR)

Business Analyst—Harvard Library (Grade 58, Req# 31208BR)

Evening Coordinator—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 30945BR)

Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library—Harvard College Library (Grade 61, Req# 31186BR)

Library Technology Project Manager—Harvard Law School (Grade 57, Req# 31201BR)

Project Archivist—Countway Library (Grade 56, Req# 31195BR)

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November 19, 2013

A message from Steve Gass and Diane Geraci, co-interim directors, MIT Libraries:
 

Dear Colleagues:

We are grateful for the many expressions of sympathy and caring we continue to receive from near and far that have sustained us and the library staff during the last six weeks. Many of you asked to be kept informed about plans for a service and charity for Ann.

In conjunction with Ann's family we have now established both. MIT will host a memorial service and reception on Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm. This celebration of Ann's life will be open to the academic and professional community both locally and nationally. We have also established a gift fund in memory of Ann—the Ann J. Wolpert Strategic Initiatives Fund to support the MIT Libraries. Bonny Kellermann '72, Director of Memorial Gifts, can be contacted at...

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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—The File Information Tool Set (FITS) was created by Harvard Library to support the activities of the Digital Preservation Service (DRS). FITS is used during the DRS deposit process to automatically generate metadata for DRS files. Recognizing the potential benefit of this tool to other institutions responsible for digital preservation, it was released as an open-source tool in 2009.

Since that time FITS has gained a lot of traction and has been incorporated into the workflows of institutions worldwide, open-source repository platforms such as Archivematica and Islandora and preservation planning tools like C3PO. With increased usage, various organizations have wanted to extend FITS to...

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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—In September 2013, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, appointed a review committee to evaluate the Affinity Group Model. A summary of that report is below. Thomas will determine next steps and share them with the Library community by the end of fall semester 2013.

Summary of Affinity Group Review Report
The charge to the review committee read, “After gathering a range of opinion from the community, the review committee will prepare a report for the VPHL that considers the current model’s strengths and challenges as a part of the organizational structure, and suggests options for continuing its successes and addressing its failures.”

The members of the review committee were...

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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, the issue of possible understaffing in Access Services was raised. Below is a response from Matthew Sheehy, head of Access Services.

Working with staff members and library directors, Access Services continues to refine service expectations, workflows, use of student workers and staffing levels. This ongoing assessment is occurring as we simultaneously work to complete day-to-day tasks, which might mean we are feeling pressure to meet our users’ needs.

Access Services managers and library directors are planning to form a group that will specifically examine staffing levels. Library staff members will be invited...

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