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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
November 7, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Access Services would like to introduce Harvard Direct, a new service that will provide easier access to books through an intra-library delivery service and paging.

Patrons will see a “Request Item” link in Hollis for circulating books in agreed-upon collections.  When they click this link, they will be able to choose a library for delivery. This process will be very similar to requesting an item from the Harvard Depository. Within 4 days (often less), the book will be held for the patron on the hold shelf.

Here is an outline of the parameters:

  • This service is available to all patrons, with the exception of Special Borrowers
  • There is a commitment to a four-day turnaround time.
  • The receiving libraries (chosen because they have five-day delivery):
    • Andover Theology...
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File Under: Access Services
November 5, 2013

November, 5, 2013—Staff members at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Countway Library enjoy healthy snacks and visitors delight in flower arrangements at the circulation desk, thanks to the staff-maintained community garden at the library. Volunteers take daily watering shifts, and plant, weed and fertilize as needed. The garden includes medicinal herbs, basil, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, pattypan squash, nasturtiums, marigolds and morning glories. Some of the flowers are planted in repurposed bookshelves that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.

“We select what to grow based on availability and donations,” said Heather Cristiano, archivist for the Harvard School of Public Health and records management...

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