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January 21, 2014

Dear members of the Harvard community,

We are closely monitoring the snow storm that is approaching the Cambridge/Boston area. We expect to see precipitation begin over the next few hours, and snowfall is expected to increase in intensity this evening and remain heavy overnight.

At this time, we are not planning to suspend University operations early this afternoon. If you have concerns about the safety of your evening commute, please be in touch with the leaders of your School or unit to discuss scheduling options. 

By tomorrow morning, the Cambridge/Boston area may receive up to 12 inches of snow. We will continue to closely monitor the forecast this afternoon and into the evening.  Should weather conditions warrant further schedule changes, we will distribute information through MessageMe and email.  Updates...

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File Under: Weather
January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—Work on migrating to the next-generation Digital Repository Service (DRS) is well under way, with several accomplishments including a major milestone since the November update:

  • The new DRS is in use: On December 2, 2013, a digital image of Da zang jing (pictured above), a Tibetan Buddhist sacred book in the Rare Book Collection at Harvard-Yenching Library, was the first object deposited into the new DRS. 
  • The proposed plan for metadata migration was reviewed and well-received by a group of users at a meeting in...
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January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—The Harvard Library recently enhanced scholars’ access to articles and book chapters held by other research libraries and to materials deposited with HathiTrust, an online repository of more than 10 million digitized titles.

The Library joined the Rapid Interlibrary Loan (RapidILL) partnership, which allows it to fulfill requests for articles from the majority of the membership of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) more quickly. Materials from medical libraries, law libraries and document suppliers such as the Center for Research Libraries, the Linda Hall Library and Easy Lending, an open-access journal supplier, are also part of this service.

By using the RapidILL service, the Library can deliver requests within 24 hours; Harvard’s average has been 15...

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January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—The start of spring semester 2014 provides several opportunities across Harvard’s libraries to enjoy an exhibition, join a workshop, attend a lecture or see a film. Events occurring over the next few weeks are listed below. To submit your event to the Library calendar, please contact Catherine Blatz.


The Art of American Advertising, 1865-1910
Through April 5
Baker Library, Bloomberg Center, HBS

Beyond Cambridge: Two Centuries of Harvard Law School...

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File Under: Events, Exhibitions
January 21, 2014

January 21, 2014—If the Harvard Library were a bookstore, wouldn't it have an amazing staff picks shelf?


In December 2013, Library staff members uploaded their recommendations from Harvard’s 19-million-volume collection to a Virtual Staff Picks Shelf created by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Suggestions ranged from the expected (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, a collection of essays on Heidegger), to bestsellers...

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File Under: Collections, Innovation


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