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January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014—Following a successful pilot of Harvard Library holiday e-cards in December 2013, the Library plans to launch Valentine’s Day e-cards featuring images from Harvard collections.

Have an image (digitized, out of copyright and preferably horizontally oriented) to suggest? Please send it to Kira Poplowski, director of communications.

The Valentine’s Day e-cards, which can be personalized, will be available to anyone with access to the Harvard Library portal, and can be sent to any email address.

In addition to an image from a collection, each e-card will include a...

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File Under: Online Resources
January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Human Resource Administrator, Harvard College Library (Grade 56, Req# 31463BR)
Manager, Collections Services, HBS Knowledge and Library Services (Grade 58, Req# 31412BR)
Metadata Assistant, Harvard College Library (Grade 52, Req# 31465BR)
Reference Assistant, Harvard College Library (Grade 52, Req#31464BR)

File Under: Positions Posted
January 14, 2014

Ellen Greene joined the Harvard Library finance team as the controller. Ellen comes to Harvard from Iron Mountain, where she served as director of North America accounting. She also worked at Staples as senior director of international accounting as well as in other roles. Ellen is a CPA and holds a BS in accounting from Babson College.

Lars Klint will serve as the permanent manager of both the MACC AAP and MACC AE 3 sections of Acquisitions in Harvard Library's Information and Technical Services (ITS). Lars has been serving as interim manager for the 625 Mass. Ave.-based MACC AAP staff since March 2013. Lars previously worked at Tozzer Library as acquisitions librarian. He holds a BA in anthropology from Oberlin College and an MSLIS from Simmons.

David Weinberger, co-...

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File Under: Staff News
January 14, 2014

January 14, 2014— A new procedure, called Secure Exit, will help ease departure lines and improve security at Widener and Lamont libraries.

Secure Exit allows security guards to scan items—instead of manually reviewing them—to ensure that they are checked out before they are removed from a library. The web application, which was developed by Library Technology Services (LTS) and Access Services (AS) staff members in cooperation with Faculty of Arts and Sciences Operations, is expected to ease long exit lines caused by the manual system. 

“Secure Exit will eliminate the need for doorcheckers to inspect the physical date stamp on each item,” said Matthew Sheehy, head of AS. “Additionally, the real-time interactivity between the circulation data and the item will improve collection security.”

This new feature builds...

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File Under: Access Services
January 7, 2014

The Harvard Map Collection is one of the oldest and largest in the world, with more than 500,000 cartographic items. Every year, students in Professor Stephen Prina’s “Lay of the Land” Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) course take full advantage of its scope, devising a treasure hunt for Joseph Garver, the librarian for research services and collection development, and then traveling to the map collection in Pusey Library to see what he produces. “This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Prina, who has been taking classes to the collection since he arrived at Harvard in 2004. Read the full story.


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