August 21, 2013
The weather was beautiful as I began my new role as vice president for the Harvard Library on August 12. The sunlight and green canopies of leaves have welcomed me as I crossed the Yard to Wadsworth House, and you have welcomed me, too. It’s been a relatively calm and easy time. I expect the pace will pick up after Labor Day, when school’s in session and most people have had their vacations.
I’ve started what will be a journey of several months of visiting all of Harvard’s libraries. On August 13 Suzanne Wones provided an introduction to the Law Library. I met many staff and learned about the “Free the Law” project, in which federal and state case law will be digitized. It was a pleasure to reconnect with Nancy Zaphiris, now working in ITS, with whom I worked in the 1970s in Widener...read more
August 27, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Library Assistant V—Access Services (Grade 52, Req# 30490BR )
Library Assistant V—Information and Technical Services (Grade 52, Req# 30450BR)
August 27, 2013—In 1915, when he was a senior, Harvard College student Richard Edward Connell wrote a libelous article in the Crimson about a piece in Boston American, a Hearst publication, resulting in a lawsuit. Yet the debacle brought the young writer to the attention of William Randolph Hearst, and eventually helped Connell get a job with another publication. This story, among many others, was uncovered as Christine Hubbard, graduate student intern, processed materials in the Harvard University Archives.
Hubbard and fellow interns Olivia Mandica-Hart and Eve Neiger uncovered a wealth of information about Harvard student life while working in the Archives this summer. The three collaborated on an exhibition, “Breeches, Bibles and Beauty Parlors,” that showcases photographs, letters and...read more
August 27, 2013—“It gives one chills to see [Dickinson’s] original manuscripts—to be able to picture where her eccentric and significant dashes were originally placed,” said Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature. New’s HarvardX fall course, “Poetry in America,” will include several lectures filmed in Harvard libraries and feature items from libraries' collections.
HarvardX—launched in parallel with EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT—allows faculty members like New to reimagine their teaching using new technologies to reach a global audience of learners. While MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are frequently associated with...read more
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Clara Livingston (Livy) Bailin recently joined the Harvard Library as a conservation technician for special collections. Working with the Weissman Preservation Center, she will assist conservators in the treatment of rare books, photographs and works on paper. Bailin previously served as a technician at the Wellesley College Library, the Frick Art Reference Library and the Arkansas History Commission. She holds a BA in art history, with a minor in chemistry, from Wellesley College.
Heather Cristiano...read more