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February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014—Harvard’s libraries and staff members were recently featured in the Boston Globe, in the Harvard Crimson and on Slate.com.

January 22, Boston Globe, Adventures of a Medieval Manuscript Expert

January 28, Boston Globe, Harvard Photo Conservator Sees the Big Picture

February 2, Harvard Crimson,...

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File Under: Staff News
February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Administrative Coordinator—Harvard College Library (Grade 54, Req# 31690BR)
Digital Library Software Engineer—Library Technical Services, HUIT (Grade 57, Req# 31591BR)
Library Assistant IV—Harvard College Library (Grade 51, Req# 31631BR)
Manager, Information & Technical Services—Harvard Library (Grade 58, Req# 30955BR)
Manager of Desktop Support—Library Field Support Group, HUIT (Grade 58, Req# 3903BR)
Senior Photograph Conservator—Harvard Library (Grade 58, Req# 31720BR)

File Under: Positions Posted
February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014—In 1958, Erwin Griswold, dean of Harvard Law School (HLS), was invited to observe a South African treason trial of more than 100 anti-apartheid activists and leaders who had been charged with “a conspiracy to use violence” in overthrowing the government.

Among the names of defendants was Nelson Mandela.

While Mandela and all other defendants were eventually acquitted three years later, the experience led Griswold to pen an op-ed to Africa Today in late 1958.

“There are aspects about the case which are disturbing,” Griswold wrote. “Should there be such a case at all? Is it feasible to try ninety-one persons at once on a charge of treason? How far is the case in substance and effect a political trial despite protestations to the contrary?”


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February 4, 2014

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 Kira Poplowski, director of communications.

Johanna Carll and Susan Earle, both with Schlesinger Library, each received a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate following completion of a nine-course program. The program was developed by the Society of American Archivists to educate archivists in best practices for appraising, capturing, preserving and providing access to electronic records.

Johanna, a metadata specialist and manuscript cataloger,...

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February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

Dear colleagues,

I wanted to update you on MOU results for FY13 and share next steps for developing FY15 MOUs.

For the FY13 MOU results and lessons learned, please see a memo I sent to administrative deans, library directors and the Library Leadership Team in the fall below.

This week, in response to the helpful conversations held in the fall, I started to form a working group to develop the FY15 MOUs and tasked the Shared Service Heads (Franziska Frey, Matthew Sheehy and Scott Wicks) with creating a process that will allow us to finalize the FY15 MOUs by May 2014. We will share updates on this work regularly as it progresses.

Best regards,


Sarah Thomas
Vice President for the Harvard Library and
Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and...

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