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October 17, 2013

Autumn leavesDear Colleagues,

I hope you enjoyed your Columbus Day weekend. I am happy to be back in the US and to have familiar holidays. Although I loved being at Oxford, it was strange to be in a place where people didn't celebrate Thanksgiving, and of course, the 4th of July was definitely not mentioned.

A lot has been happening in recent weeks. Following the announcement that I was appointed as the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, I have been absorbing more information about the FAS budget and the work that has been going on with FAS library restructuring. I moved into Widener 110, about 30 feet away from where my desk was in Room 191 when I was in charge of departmental...

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File Under: Library Leadership
October 15, 2013

OA WeekOctober 15, 2013—2013 has seen many milestones towards improving access to biomedical research. In February, President Obama issued a directive requiring most federal research agencies to implement public access policies; official guidance in this respect is expected shortly from the Office of Science and Technology Policy. This spring, the National Institute of Health (NIH) began implementing the enhanced compliance requirements for its Public Access Policy announced in December 2012. State-level open access bills have been passed in Illinois and are pending in California and New York. 

In celebration of Open Access Week 2013, please join the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC) on Monday, October 21 for...

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File Under: Open Access
October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013—At the September 18 Library All-Staff Meetings, the topic of digital collections was raised. Below are thoughts from Franziska Frey, head of Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging (PCDI).

Digital Collections

The Harvard Library provides online open access to a rich array of digital materials. Links to a growing number of digitized collections from the University's libraries, museums, archives and special collections can be found at: Digital CollectionsOnline Exhibitions and ...

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File Under: Staff News
October 11, 2013

MCZ facadeOctober 15, 2013—The Ernst Mayr Library buzzed with activity during a Honeybee Tea Party, which captured the critter’s criticality through its capacious collections. 

Staff from libraries such as Widener, Lamont, Loeb Music Library and Houghton attended, sharing tea, cider, homemade cookies and fresh fruit—while chatting about the labyrinthine tunnels that connect the Harvard libraries, intriguing items in the collections and Massachusetts in the autumn.

"Ernst Mayr Library is such a pleasant place; they have tea and coffee available for their patrons on a regular basis, and they have so many nice little study nooks,” said Anna Esty, research librarian. “I appreciated the library staff's enthusiasm...

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File Under: Events, Ernst Mayr (MCZ)
October 11, 2013

October 15, 2013—In 1776, copies of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s authorized edition of the Declaration of Independence were disseminated to parish ministers of all denominations as a means to let congregants—which at that time meant nearly all residents—know that the colonies had declared independence from Great Britain.

In July, 2013, shortly after purchasing a rare authorized edition of this historical document, Robin and Marc Wolpow offered to lend it to the Harvard Law School Library, where it will be on display in the Caspersen Room through November 22. Marc Wolpow is a 1984 graduate of HLS.

“We were thrilled,” said Karen Beck, manager of Historical & Special Collections at HLS, who arranged the loan. “We considered it such an honor that the Wolpow family thought of us because this is such an important document...

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File Under: Law School Library


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