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November 18, 2014

musical scoreNovember 18, 2014—In honor of the centennial anniversary of Paine Hall, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library centered its latest exhibition around the life and times of the man behind the building’s name, Harvard University’s first professor of music and pioneer of American music education, John Knowles Paine.

Paine was well-known in his day as an organist and composer, but his lasting influence has been as an educator. “The study of music as an academic discipline in a liberal arts curriculum essentially originated with Paine,” explained curator Bob Dennis.

Paine’s curriculum at Harvard focused on music history and theory as well as composition, which then served as a model for the...

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File Under: Exhibitions, Loeb Music
November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014—The following positions are currently available in the library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Library User Experience Specialist—Harvard Library (Grade 57, Req# 34295BR)

Records Assistant—Harvard Medical School (Grade 52, Req# 34326BR)

Access Services Library Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 52, Req# 34243BR)

Access Services and Reference Assistant—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 34242BR)

File Under: Positions Posted
November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014—Since the previous update in August, a new release of DRS software was put into production. New features included beta support for DRS deposits of email from the Electronic Archiving System (EAS). This is currently being tested by Schlesinger Library, Countway Library, Harvard University Archives and Harvard Art Museums Archives. Now email collections can be pushed from the beta EAS user interface to the DRS with a single click. The release also included several deposit workflow improvements requested by DRS depositors. The full release notes are available here.


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File Under: Project Update
November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014—“Don't throw the past away / You might need it some rainy day,” sang Peter Allen. “Everything old is new again.”

The adage has certainly proven true for libraries’ special collections. Their transformation from untapped wilderness into researchers’ wonderland was the focus of a recent Harvard Library Strategic Conversation with Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Alice Schreyer, interim library director, associate university librarian for area studies and special collections and curator of rare books at the University of Chicago Library. The...

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File Under: Collections, Events
November 11, 2014

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to Kate Kondayen, communications officer.

Karen Beck recently attended “Acknowledging the Past, Forging the Future: National Colloquium on Special Collections” at Case Western Reserve Kelvin Smith Library and the celebration of “The Common Law Epitomiz’d: Anthony Taussig’s Law Books” at Yale Law School.

Karen is the manager of Historical &...

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File Under: Staff News


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