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March 17, 2014

Dear colleagues,

In response to feedback from the library community, enhancements to the library staff directory will go live tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18.

A sneak peek of a staff member profile that incorporates new enhancements is pasted in below.

Tomorrow’s Library Update will include detailed instructions on how you can:

  • Add a professional image to your profile
  • Add a professional biography to your profile
  • Add language proficiency to your profile
  • Indicate an affiliation with multiple Harvard libraries

Other enhancements to the staff directory include:

  • Ability to search the staff directory by languages and roles, in addition to by library, School, subject area, name and keyword...
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File Under: Project Update
March 17, 2014

Forty-five artifacts, anatomical preparations, rare books, manuscripts, and art works from the Center of the History of Medicine’s Warren Anatomical Museum, Harvard Medical Library and Boston Medical Library collections are now on display in a new exhibit at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. The new exhibit, entitled Body of Knowledge: A History of Anatomy (in 3 parts), opened on March 6th and will run until December 5th. Read the full story.

March 17, 2014

March 18, 2014—Harvard Library users now have access to Brill’s entire collection of e-books in Classical Studies (236 titles) and in European History and Culture (994 titles). This access is part of a six-month pilot project aimed at better assessing user needs and the role that e-books can play in meeting those needs.

The Library remains strongly committed to collecting print materials while meeting demand for digital content. The e-book pilot supplements the Library’s print collections by providing access to the same content in a trustworthy digital format. This dual...

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File Under: Online Resources
March 14, 2014

In the April 3, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books, Thomas Powers reviews a Houghton Library publication, A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn: The Pictographic “Autobiography of Half Moon” by Castle McLaughlin. Read the full story.



File Under: Houghton
March 12, 2014

Dear colleagues,

Sarah ThomasI was so pleased to see many of you at our all-staff meetings recently. Following our gathering, I received some good suggestions and a few questions. One question I was asked several times was about exactly when the changes discussed at the all-staff meetings would take effect. My goal is to have them occur organically. If something is easy to do, we will do it quickly; if there are more people involved and there are several open questions, a change might take several months. Overall, I would like to be able to implement most of the proposals by May. In the...

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