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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
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


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