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October 11, 2013

MCZ facadeOctober 15, 2013—The Ernst Mayr Library buzzed with activity during a Honeybee Tea Party, which captured the critter’s criticality through its capacious collections. 

Staff from libraries such as Widener, Lamont, Loeb Music Library and Houghton attended, sharing tea, cider, homemade cookies and fresh fruit—while chatting about the labyrinthine tunnels that connect the Harvard libraries, intriguing items in the collections and Massachusetts in the autumn.

"Ernst Mayr Library is such a pleasant place; they have tea and coffee available for their patrons on a regular basis, and they have so many nice little study nooks,” said Anna Esty, research librarian. “I appreciated the library staff's enthusiasm...

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File Under: Events, Ernst Mayr (MCZ)
October 11, 2013

October 15, 2013—In 1776, copies of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s authorized edition of the Declaration of Independence were disseminated to parish ministers of all denominations as a means to let congregants—which at that time meant nearly all residents—know that the colonies had declared independence from Great Britain.

In July, 2013, shortly after purchasing a rare authorized edition of this historical document, Robin and Marc Wolpow offered to lend it to the Harvard Law School Library, where it will be on display in the Caspersen Room through November 22. Marc Wolpow is a 1984 graduate of HLS.

“We were thrilled,” said Karen Beck, manager of Historical & Special Collections at HLS, who arranged the loan. “We considered it such an honor that the Wolpow family thought of us because this is such an important document...

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File Under: Law School Library
October 11, 2013

October 15, 2013--HOLLIS now supports the display of thumbnails for content designated as "key content" by staff. One designated thumbnail displays in the search results, and all designated thumbnails display in the full record. This new functionality can be used to:

  • Display a scanned cover, title page, table of contents or index of a pamphlet or book that is not digitized in its entirety
  • Highlight a specific page of a digitized object
  • Highlight an image associated with a finding aid

For documentation about the feature and how to use it, please visit the HOLLIS Documentation site.

This feature is the result of the “Scanning Key Content” Library Lab...

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File Under: Access Services
October 9, 2013

The Science Center atrium and Cabot Science Library, already filled with bustling undergraduates, will undergo a transformation to support learning and teaching for the digital age while more effectively connecting the library to the atrium and plaza social spaces.

The redesign will support student life and align with the goals of Harvard’s Common Spaces initiative.

Read the full Gazette story.

File Under: Cabot
October 9, 2013

Colombus papersOctober 14, 2013--Before he returned to the European shore in 1493, Christopher Columbus drafted a letter capturing his "discoveries," which was sent upon landing to Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella and to Ferdinand's treasurer. The latter quickly made its way into print and news of Columbus's voyage spread throughout Europe. Harvard's Houghton Library holds a 1493 printing of the letter, providing an example of one way word of a momentous event was shared 500 years ago.

To satisfy large demand, the printer produced three different editions, printing quickly and inexpensively. Translation of the text from Spanish to Latin meant that a significantly...

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File Under: Collections, Houghton

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