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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—The File Information Tool Set (FITS) was created by Harvard Library to support the activities of the Digital Preservation Service (DRS). FITS is used during the DRS deposit process to automatically generate metadata for DRS files. Recognizing the potential benefit of this tool to other institutions responsible for digital preservation, it was released as an open-source tool in 2009.

Since that time FITS has gained a lot of traction and has been incorporated into the workflows of institutions worldwide, open-source repository platforms such as Archivematica and Islandora and preservation planning tools like C3PO. With increased usage, various organizations have wanted to extend FITS to...

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November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—In September 2013, Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, appointed a review committee to evaluate the Affinity Group Model. A summary of that report is below. Thomas will determine next steps and share them with the Library community by the end of fall semester 2013.

Summary of Affinity Group Review Report
The charge to the review committee read, “After gathering a range of opinion from the community, the review committee will prepare a report for the VPHL that considers the current model’s strengths and challenges as a part of the organizational structure, and suggests options for continuing its successes and addressing its failures.”

The members of the review committee were...

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File Under: Library Leadership
November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, the issue of possible understaffing in Access Services was raised. Below is a response from Matthew Sheehy, head of Access Services.

Working with staff members and library directors, Access Services continues to refine service expectations, workflows, use of student workers and staffing levels. This ongoing assessment is occurring as we simultaneously work to complete day-to-day tasks, which might mean we are feeling pressure to meet our users’ needs.

Access Services managers and library directors are planning to form a group that will specifically examine staffing levels. Library staff members will be invited...

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File Under: Access Services
November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013--In celebration of American Education Week, November 18-22, this slideshow (scroll down for captions) explores a chief educational tool for teaching of literacy: the reading textbook, often known as a reader. Readers are usually compilations of fiction and/or nonfiction, and have been authored and printed in the US for centuries. This slideshow gives a glimpse to ongoing development of readers, their authors and reading education from the late 18th to the first decades of the early 20th century.

The materials selected for this slideshow were digitized and are part of the Harvard Library digital collection Reading: Harvard Views of Readers,...

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File Under: Collections
November 13, 2013

Read a Harvard Gazette article about a new initiative to preserve rare recordings in the Woodberry Poetry Room. 

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