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November 13, 2013

Dear colleagues,

With our first snowfall yesterday, it is a fitting time to think about the Harvard Library Holiday celebration. We are looking into an afternoon in mid-December for the festivities and are seeking volunteers to help plan the event.

If you would like to be part of the holiday party committee please email Coleen Burgess<>.

Thank you.
Sarah Thomas

Sarah E. Thomas
Vice President for the Harvard Library
Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

File Under: Events, Staff News
November 12, 2013

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

Six Harvard Library staff members participated in the New England Archivists (NEA) Fall 2013 Symposium “Giving Color to Ideas." Kate Bowers, collections services archivist for metadata, systems and standards for the University Archives, and Robin McElheny, associate university archivist for collections and public services for the University Archives, both presented. Colin Lukens, holdings management...

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File Under: Staff News
November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013—The Harvard Library Lab, a program of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), showed off the work of more than 20 projects created by staff, faculty and students, with support from the Arcadia Fund. The exhibition, held in the Gutman Conference Center, featured projects that make original contributions to the way libraries work. Members of the project teams were on hand to demonstrate and discuss their projects. Visitors also slipped in to the adjacent screening room for a “movie extravaganza,” a series of videos chronicling many of the 56 projects funded by the Library Lab since it was established in 2010.

Kim Dulin, associate director for collection development and digitization at the Law...

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File Under: Innovation
November 12, 2013

Dear Harvard Library staff,

The Map It application that you have been testing will be live in Hollis on Tuesday, November 12.  The pilot period for this application will run through the Spring and will be available for selected collections in the Widener, Lamont and Law libraries.

The Map It test period was very successful and generated a good deal of feedback.  Some of the consistent suggestions that we received were:

  • Improved orientation to the map/floor plan 
  • Addition of item bibliographic information on the map itself
  • Improved noticeability of the Map It link on the Hollis page

We have worked throughout the test period to address the more technical feedback we received, and we will work...

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November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013—Thousands of Harvard students and alumni have served and sacrificed in the military from the 1600s to the current day. The slideshow below explores veterans and Harvard, using material from the Harvard University Archives, the Radcliffe Institute, Houghton Library and the Law School Library. To learn more about Harvard and wartime, explore resources from the Harvard University Archives.

File Under: Collections


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