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April 14, 2015

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 the Harvard Library communications team at

Meghan Bannon is the new Harvard Medical School archivist and records manager. Meghan has had several previous Library experiences, including two years as the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary archivist and several years of processing experience at the Center for the History...

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April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015—A project out of the Library Innovation Lab,, has been nominated in this year’s Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet., which has been listed as a contender for the best law website of the year, helps scholars, journals and courts create permanent links to the online sources cited in their work.

There are two winners for each category. The Webby Award is given by members of the host organization, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. The People’s Choice Award is determined by popular vote, so fire up your mouse and...

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April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015—National Poetry Month has kicked off, and the Harvard Library has a variety of events and activities coming up to celebrate “the best words in the best order.”

Events include:

  • The George Parker Winship Lecture: "The Muse in a Psychopathic Ward" with Sir Christopher Ricks. On April 8, attend a lecture on T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in honor of its centennial anniversary of publication, and listen to a recording of “Prufrock” made for Harvard in the 1940s. Organized by Houghton Library, co-sponsored by the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Department of English.
  • Emily Dickinson's Music Book: A Prelude to the...
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April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015—The environmental needs of collections and humans sometimes don’t mesh, yet library spaces must straddle a middle point that satisfies both.

New data and research on library environments challenges long-held beliefs, allowing librarians to tailor and in some cases broaden temperature and humidity set points to provide reasonable, long-term preservation of collections across a variety of spaces. Even without making changes to a physical space, minor changes to the environmental settings combined with careful attention to and monitoring of the building systems can save energy and funds while improving storage conditions and preventing deterioration of collections.

On April 10, Harvard Library Preservation Services will host a presentation on the latest findings around sustainable collections storage...

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March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015—Staff members may now find up-to-date info on activities from the Library's internal governing groups on the new Library Governance Wiki. The wiki is an online shared space for groups including the Library Leadership Team and the Standing Committees to post meeting agendas and other materials, and can be accessed at this link with HUID and PIN.


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