I am pleased to invite nominations for the Strategic Conversations Working Group. The Strategic Conversations series is designed to inform the strategic direction of the Library and foster a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration among staff, faculty, and others in our community. It aims to engage members of the Library Board and Faculty Advisory Council with issues that are facing libraries in general and the Harvard Library in particular in the emerging digital age.
During 2011-2012 the Library planned and hosted a number of events badged under Strategic Conversations. Now, with the Harvard Library in its second year of existence, the series will enter a new phase. We will organize a number of activities in 2014 centered around three inter-related topics: the future of libraries;...read more
February 18, 2014—Choice, a publication of the American Library Association, named Open Access (MIT Press, 2012) by Peter Suber an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013. Suber is the director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Open Access Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Choice editors applied the following criteria to make their selection:
- overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
Dear members of the Harvard community,
We are closely monitoring the snowstorm that is expected to reach the Cambridge/Boston area tomorrow morning. The snowfall is expected to be underway during the morning commute but change over to rain in the Greater Boston area by midday.
At this time, we are not contemplating any delays or planning to change University operations.
If you have concerns about the safety of your commute, please be in touch with your supervisor to discuss scheduling options. We will continue to closely monitor the forecast this afternoon and into the evening. Should weather conditions warrant schedule changes, we will distribute information through MessageMe and email. Updates will also be posted to the Harvard Emergency page and 866-496-NEWS....read more
In June 2013, the Harvard Library Board unanimously approved the report, Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library. Taking over a year to develop, this report represents the culmination of input from across the library. Recommendation 6 (on page 10) in the report states that:
"Every library, special collections, and archive will write and share collections and content development policies that will facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration."
To implement this recommendation, the Library Leadership Team needs assistance in aggregating collection and content development policy information from...read more
February 11, 2014—Explore Valentine's Day through the Harvard Library collection:
The Valentine's Day card Julia Child and her husband Paul sent to friends in the 1950s, part of the Julia Child Papers at Schlesinger Library.
“Reading improves the mind, they say. Are you fond of reading, pray?” A pick-up line from a 19th-century parlor game at Houghton Library.read more