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Library News and Events

This is a platform for Library news and events. Please send comments and suggestions to Thomas Dodson.

October 7, 2013

October 9, 10-11:30 am
Trash or Treasure: Guidance on Retaining Your Office Records
Lamont Library Forum Room

October 9, 1-1:30 pm
Chair Yoga for Librarians
Wadsworth House Conference Room

October 9, 1-2:30 pm

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October 7, 2013

October 8, 2013—A beta platform for Library staff news and events is now live, and the Library Portal Working Group and the Library communications team welcome comments and suggestions.

Features of the beta platform, which is designed to potentially replace the Library Staff News index page, include:

  • the ability to post multiple content types (stories, events, announcements, etc.) on a single page
  • content “thumbnails” for easy browsing
  • content tagging for easy browsing
  • incorporation of Harvard Library social media
  • an RSS feed

Please send comments and suggestions, which will be used to improve the page and assess...

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October 4, 2013

October 8, 2013—Is there a particular faculty member's work in the DASH repository that should be showcased? Is there a dissertation or other student work in DASH that deserves additional exposure? Is a coworker's scholarship especially illuminating?

Open Access Week falls on October 21-27 this year and, in advance of this annual event, the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) invites the library community to select work from the repository to highlight in the DASH features section. The OSC will release a highlight a day over the course of Open Access Week, and beyond. 

Those interested in participating should view previous...

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File Under: Open Access
October 4, 2013

October 8, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, topics related to Information and Technical Services (ITS) were raised. Below are thoughts in response from Scott Wicks, head of ITS. 

Staffing levels at 625 Massachusetts Avenue

There are fewer permanent staff members in ITS than in the recent past. New workflows that will reduce the amount of time to perform routine tasks are being proposed to library partners, but until these can be discussed and approved, we are relying on term positions to ensure that we can stay current with material to be processed.

Skilled language subject catalogers

Harvard collects materials written in a variety of languages and often faces challenges supporting research...

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File Under: Library Leadership
October 4, 2013

October 8, 2013—A project to launch the next-generation Digital Repository Service (DRS) recently achieved several milestones, with more to come during the 2013 academic year.

Since 2000, the DRS, Harvard Library’s large-scale preservation and access repository, has made a growing body of digital resources (including photographs, one-of-a-kind archival documents, rare books and serials, audio files, musical scores, architectural plans, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, archaeological objects and Websites) available for both current and future researchers. It provides secure, backed-up, monitored storage and preservation services, providing peace of mind to collection managers for more than 45 million files using 154 terabytes. 

The DRS 2 Project, initiated in fall 2008, focused on enhancing access to digital content,...

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File Under: Project Update


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