October 14, 2013--Before he returned to the European shore in 1493, Christopher Columbus drafted a letter capturing his "discoveries," which was sent upon landing to Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella and to Ferdinand's treasurer. The latter quickly made its way into print and news of Columbus's voyage spread throughout Europe. Harvard's Houghton Library holds a 1493 printing of the letter, providing an example of one way word of a momentous event was shared 500 years ago.
To satisfy large demand, the printer produced three different editions, printing quickly and inexpensively. Translation of the text from Spanish to Latin meant that a significantly...read more
October 9, 10-11:30 am
Trash or Treasure: Guidance on Retaining Your Office Records
Lamont Library Forum Room
October 9, 1-1:30 pm
Chair Yoga for Librarians
Wadsworth House Conference Room
October 9, 1-2:30 pm
October 8, 2013—A beta platform for Library staff news and events is now live, and the Library Portal Working Group and the Library communications team welcome comments and suggestions.
Features of the beta platform, which is designed to potentially replace the Library Staff News index page, include:
- the ability to post multiple content types (stories, events, announcements, etc.) on a single page
- content “thumbnails” for easy browsing
- content tagging for easy browsing
- incorporation of Harvard Library social media
- an RSS feed
Please send comments and suggestions, which will be used to improve the page and assess...read more
October 8, 2013—Is there a particular faculty member's work in the DASH repository that should be showcased? Is there a dissertation or other student work in DASH that deserves additional exposure? Is a coworker's scholarship especially illuminating?
Open Access Week falls on October 21-27 this year and, in advance of this annual event, the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) invites the library community to select work from the repository to highlight in the DASH features section. The OSC will release a highlight a day over the course of Open Access Week, and beyond.
Those interested in participating should view previous...read more
October 8, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, topics related to Information and Technical Services (ITS) were raised. Below are thoughts in response from Scott Wicks, head of ITS.
Staffing levels at 625 Massachusetts Avenue
There are fewer permanent staff members in ITS than in the recent past. New workflows that will reduce the amount of time to perform routine tasks are being proposed to library partners, but until these can be discussed and approved, we are relying on term positions to ensure that we can stay current with material to be processed.
Skilled language subject catalogers
Harvard collects materials written in a variety of languages and often faces challenges supporting research...read more