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 Kira Poplowski, director of communications.
Constance Rinaldo, librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library, presented a talk on a panel, "Crafting the Future of a Global Biodiversity Heritage Library for Diverse Communities' Needs," at the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) meeting. She also presented a paper and co-led a discussion/hackathon (with Mark Phillips of the Digital Public Library of America) on "Collection Assessment in a Collaborative Environment: BHL and DPLA” at the Digital Library Federation meeting.
Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, university archivist, was...read more
November 21, 2013—The first printing press in what would become the United States of America set sail for Boston Harbor in 1638 with the Rev. Joseph Glover and his family on board. Joseph died on the journey; his widow Elizabeth and Stephen Day (sometimes Daye), an indentured locksmith, established the press on what is now Holyoke Street in Harvard Square. The press produced the first book printed in America, the Bay Psalm Book (1640).
(Please scroll down to see a slideshow about the book.)
Harvard's Houghton Library holds one of the surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—1700 were printed and only 11 remain. Thus, this book is much more rare than other landmarks of printing such as the Gutenburg Bible (49 copies) or Shakespeare's First Folio (...read more
A number of Harvard affiliates have recently received e-mails appearing to be from the firstname.lastname@example.org address, signed Corinna Baksik. The e-mails ask for users to enter their HUID/PIN into a web page that looks like Harvard’s, but is actually a replica page hosted outside of the US.
Please note that these e-mails are SPAM and should be deleted. To Harvard staff who receive inquiries from users, please inform the user that no action is necessary on their end. They do NOT have to provide any information, nor should they. If they followed the instructions in the e-mail and entered data into the false web page (identified by the URL ending in .ir), they should change their passwords. Users may change passwords by following the instructions to “Change your existing PIN” at...read more
The Woodberry Poetry Room in Lamont Library holds one-of-a-kind recordings of some of the 20th century’s most important poets — Auden, Eliot and Frost, to name a few — reading their work. Those voices will soon reach a wider audience thanks to plans to preserve these unique materials, many of which are stored in fragile media vulnerable to decay. New funding will allow the Poetry Room to digitize these recordings and make them publicly available online. Read the full article in HCL News.
November 19, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Associate Director of FAS Library Facilities—Faculty of Arts & Sciences (Grade 59, Req# 31117BR)
Business Analyst—Harvard Library (Grade 58, Req# 31208BR)
Evening Coordinator—Harvard Library (Grade 53, Req# 30945BR)
Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library—Harvard College Library (Grade 61, Req# 31186BR)
Library Technology Project Manager—Harvard Law School (Grade 57, Req# 31201BR)
Project Archivist—Countway Library (Grade 56, Req# 31195BR)