September 10, 2013—For two years, June Casey, librarian for open access initiatives and scholarly communication at the Law School, has organized talks featuring Law School faculty members who have recently published books. She has already scheduled three events for September and October—for books by professors Glenn Cohen, Robert C. Bordone and Randall Kennedy.
“These events always have top-notch panels,” said Casey. “The conversations among the panelists, authors and the audience are always amazing. There has never been one after which I didn’t leave energized.”
The events are held beginning at noon and generally last for an hour, making it as easy as possible for students and staff to attend. “I want to encourage Harvard staff members—especially Library staff—to attend,” Casey said. “The topics are always focused on...read more
September 3, 2013—Armed with coffee and energy bars, Lily Tran and Generoso Fierro were still energized after the first two movies in the Harvard Film Archive’s “Noir All Night” movie marathon on August 30-31. “I love film noir, and I’m trying to learn more about it,” Tran said. “I am definitely in it for the long haul." Seven noir films from the Archive's collection were featured in the 12-hour run. HFA director Haden Guest and programmer David Pendleton worked collaboratively to organize the event.
“The genre was Haden’s idea; he’s a huge film noir fan,” said Pendleton, who has worked for the HFA for seven years. “We thought it was a good idea because these movies can take a serious look at postwar corruption, while also being zippy and easy enough to follow.” He also noted that the...read more
September 3, 2013—The Center for the History of Medicine (CHM) at Countway Library recently debuted 17 online exhibits on their new platform that weave together fascinating stories illustrated by materials from the collections.
Most of exhibits are linked to specific events—such as the Center’s largest undertaking, Battle-Scarred: Caring for the Sick and Wounded of the Civil War, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibit—two years in the making—was probably the most gratifying for Jack Eckert, public services librarian, who has been the driving force behind many CHM exhibitions.
Until recently, CHM’s virtual exhibitions existed as static HTML pages—with no interactivity or option to link to the items...read more
August 30, 2013
I am writing to update you on the Affinity Groups. The five Affinity Groups were established to foster synergy and collaboration across member libraries within and across the Affinity Groups, with particular focus on Collections Development, Research and Teaching Support, and Innovation. They have also functioned as the Executive Team for the Executive Director. Affinity Group heads were appointed in February 2012. Originally, the Harvard Library had planned to review the Affinity Group structure after 18 months, but this assessment has been delayed because of the recent transition in leadership. I have now begun that review, meeting first with the Affinity Group heads to get their input on the experience to date. Next week it will be on the agenda for the Library Leadership Team. I...read more
August 21, 2013
The weather was beautiful as I began my new role as vice president for the Harvard Library on August 12. The sunlight and green canopies of leaves have welcomed me as I crossed the Yard to Wadsworth House, and you have welcomed me, too. It’s been a relatively calm and easy time. I expect the pace will pick up after Labor Day, when school’s in session and most people have had their vacations.
I’ve started what will be a journey of several months of visiting all of Harvard’s libraries. On August 13 Suzanne Wones provided an introduction to the Law Library. I met many staff and learned about the “Free the Law” project, in which federal and state case law will be digitized. It was a pleasure to reconnect with Nancy Zaphiris, now working in ITS, with whom I worked in the 1970s in Widener...read more