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Library Lab Supports 13 New Projects

December 6, 2011

A metadata repository for scholarship produced across the University, enhancing the HOLLIS catalog by including the holdings of the Harvard Film Archive, and an "awesome box" program enabling users to share their experiences of particularly helpful—or entertaining—library materials are among the 13 new projects and 5 continuing projects funded by Harvard's Library Lab on December 1.
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A Transcendent Vitality: Harvard at 375

October 12, 2011

Harvard's University Archives shines a celebratory light on its unique research collections as they illustrate Harvard's history and anticipate the University's continuing impact. The 375th anniversary exhibition in Pusey Library runs through May 25.
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Borrow Direct: Better, Deeper, Richer Service

August 29, 2011

Harvard's new Borrow Direct service enables faculty, staff, and students to borrow books and other circulating library materials from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. "This is a significant step in collaboration for Harvard," says Helen Shenton, executive director of the Harvard Library. "We are delighted to be joining forces with our peers in order to provide a better, deeper, and richer service for all of our patrons."
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Borrow Direct: Updated FAQ for Harvard Library Staff

August 16, 2011

To keep the Harvard Library community informed, the Borrow Direct project board has prepared an FAQ with our most current information about this important new service.
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A New View of Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries

July 6, 2011

With support from Arcadia, the Harvard University Archives has launched Harvard in the 17th and 18th Centuries, an online exploration of the early documentary history of Harvard.
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Live Today at Harvard: Borrow Direct

June 13, 2011

As of today, Harvard's new Borrow Direct service enables the University's faculty, staff, and students to borrow books and other circulating library materials that are not available at Harvard from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.
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Borrow Direct: Updated FAQ for Harvard Library Staff

May 20, 2011

With system development and testing well underway, the Library anticipates a mid-June date when Harvard borrowers can place their first requests through Borrow Direct.
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Harvard Library Offers Preservation Clinic on April 14

April 7, 2011

Conservators and librarians from the University Library's Weissman Preservation Center and from Conservation Services in the Harvard College Library will offer a preservation "clinic" on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 2 to 4 pm in the lobby of Lamont Library.
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Borrow Direct: An FAQ for Harvard Library Staff

March 15, 2011

To keep the Harvard Library community informed, the Borrow Direct project board has prepared an FAQ with our most current information about this important new service.
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Merrill-Oldham Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

February 28, 2011

Jan Merrill-Oldham, Harvard's Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian from 1995 through 2010, has received the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
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Innovation, Collaboration Key to Inaugural Projects in Library Lab

February 10, 2011

The Harvard community has responded with insight and imagination to a call from the University's Library Lab to collaborate with the Harvard Library and "to serve as co-creators of the information society of the future."
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Harvard and MIT Libraries Explore Far-Reaching Alliance

February 4, 2011

The Provosts of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have charged their respective library systems to explore expanded collaborations for sharing library materials, advancing digital preservation and collection, and developing future off-site storage facilities.
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Harvard Library Joins HathiTrust

February 3, 2011

The Harvard Library has joined HathiTrust, a shared digital repository for published materials that is co-owned and co-managed by the academic and public libraries who are the Trust's 52 partners.
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Robert Darnton on the University Library Council

January 25, 2011

The ULC was founded in April 1970 as a forum for discussing issues that concerned all the libraries, then estimated as "100 units," scattered throughout the University. Robert Darnton offered an overview of the ULC at its final meeting on January 20, 2011.
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NYPL's Matthew J. Sheehy Will Lead Harvard Depository

October 7, 2010

Matthew J. Sheehy, acting director for reference and research services at the New York Public Library (NYPL), has been chosen to lead the Harvard Depository (HD). The announcement was made by Helen Shenton, deputy director of the Harvard University Library, following an extended national search.
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Harvard's Library Lab Issues an Open Call for Proposals from Students, Faculty, and Staff

August 27, 2010

The University's newly created Library Lab is inviting students, faculty, and staff to collaborate with the Harvard Libraries and serve as co-creators of the information society of the future. The Lab is designed to leverage the entrepreneurial aspirations of members of the Harvard community, who can propose projects in all areas of library activity.
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ULC Establishes Harvard's Library Lab

July 28, 2010

At its July 15 meeting, the University Library Council accepted a proposal establishing the Harvard Library Lab to create better library services for students and faculty and to join with others in fashioning the information society of the future. With support from the Arcadia Fund, the Library Lab will provide continuous opportunity for individuals to make innovative contributions to the way libraries work.
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A Message from Robert Darnton

June 29, 2010

Harvard's University Library Council has followed recent exchanges between the University of California and the Nature Publishing Group with great care.
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Biomed Central Cites Harvard as Open-Access Institution of the Year

June 10, 2010

BioMed Central, an international publisher of journals in science, technology, and medicine and a pioneer in open-access publishing, named Harvard University one of the world's three open-access institutions of the year.
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10th Anniversary for the Weissman Preservation Center

March 23, 2010

"It is in the Weissman Center," observes Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, "that Harvard cares for its greatest treasures. In the Weissman Center, we seem to accomplish miracles every day—and our ability to do so is firmly rooted in the support and commitment of Paul and Harriet Weissman."
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Now Online—Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

March 1, 2010

What do John Keats's Shakespeare, Wordsworth's library catalog, and Victor Hugo's commonplace book have in common with primers and spellers and other historical materials? Each item is among the 1,200 books and manuscripts—comprising more than 250,000 pages—available online in Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History. Developed with support from the Arcadia Fund, Reading is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the Harvard Libraries.
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Harvard's Islamic Heritage Project Is Now Online

December 18, 2009

Through a new collaboration among Islamic-studies scholars, librarians, and curators, Harvard University has cataloged, conserved, and digitized Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from its renowned library and museum collections. The result is a new online collection comprising more than 145,000 digital pages available to Internet users everywhere. Entitled the Islamic Heritage Project, or IHP, the collection is made possible with generous support from Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.
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British Library's Helen Shenton Is HUL's New Deputy Director

December 11, 2009

Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, has appointed Helen Shenton, the head of collection care for the British Library, as the deputy director of the Harvard University Library. "This is a vital appointment made at a crucial time in the history of the Harvard Libraries," Darnton says.
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Digitizing Dunster

November 9, 2009

In celebration of his 400th year, the papers of Harvard's first president are now online.
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A Compact for Open-Access Publication

September 14, 2009

Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, and the University of California at Berkeley announce their joint support for open-access publishing. Additional research institutions are invited to join the five-member compact.
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HOPE Makes It Work at Harvard

September 14, 2009

The Office for Scholarly Communication is managing Harvard's participation in the Open-Access Compact through the Harvard Open-Access Publication Equity (HOPE) Fund.
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Harvard's DASH for Open Access

September 1, 2009

"DASH is meant to promote openness in general," stated Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library. "It will make the current scholarship of Harvard's faculty freely available everywhere in the world, just as the digitization of the books in Harvard's library will make learning accumulated since 1638 accessible worldwide. Taken together, these and other projects represent a commitment by Harvard to share its intellectual wealth."
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