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November 3, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014


The Harvard Direct and Borrow Direct services have recently expanded substantially with the addition of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Loeb Design, and Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Harvard Direct has just begun. After only 11 months, it has expanded to a total of 2.3 million Cambridge/Boston items housed in Andover Divinity, Countway Library of Medicine, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Fine Arts, Harvard Kennedy School Library, Harvard Law School, Loeb Design Library, and Widener Library.

Harvard Direct’s expansion, in addition to the items available for delivery from Harvard Depository, means our patrons have Harvard Direct style delivery of around 8 million items. Patrons may have these items delivered to one of...

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October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014—Below is a list of active e-resource trials for Harvard Library. You are welcome to send any comments or questions to the selector and coordinator listed for each resource. If you have any problem viewing it, the list is also available at the ITS wiki page Current E-Resource Trials for Harvard Library


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File Under: Online Resources
October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014—More and more, computer-generated recommendations run our lives. But are they really the best way to expand our cultural horizons? Recent efforts to provide online book recommendations by real librarians pit human expertis versus algorithms to varying results, and David Weinberger of the Harvard LibraryCloud project weighs in on the question in a recent piece on Fast Company's Co.Exist. Read the full article.

File Under: Innovation
October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014—Visitors to Lamont and Cabot, two of Harvard’s busiest libraries, now have the option to use new self-checkout machines to borrow library materials. The self-serve option is designed to ease wait times for patrons, as well as to allow library staff members to focus on borrowers with questions and requests for reserves, equipment loans, etc.

“Self-checkout creates flexibility for both patrons and library staff members,” said Joshua Parker, head of Access Services for Humanities & Social Sciences Libraries, who coordinated bringing the service online. “Users appreciate options, and allow staff members to spend more assisting researchers.”

Providing a self-serve option is one of...

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File Under: Access Services, Cabot, Lamont
October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014—Pedestrians outside Lamont Library were appalled earlier this month to see books and papers sodden on their shelves, once-orderly stacks unfurling into a warped disaster zone. But a cheerful sign relieved tension and judgment—it was all part of the Library’s Emergency Response & Recovery Workshop, which trains library staff to save collections from the worst in the case of water-based damage from leaks or sprinkler systems.

Hosted by Preservation Services, experts gave demonstrations, lectures and lessons reinforced by hands-on practice over two days; over 48 Harvard Library staffers participated.


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