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Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers at the Fall Librarians Assembly

"Libraries are the heart of the University. They are the physical embodiment of what we are as an institution," President Summers stated during his first visit to Harvard's semi-annual Librarians Assembly, which was held at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, November 13. Following his opening remarks, President Summers heard and responded to detailed presentations on:

  • collection development by Dan Hazen, librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, in HCL's Widener Library;
  • the economics of digital acquisitions by Ivy Anderson, digital acquisitions coordinator in the University Library's Office for Information Systems;
  • the new Aleph system by Jane Ouderkirk, head of HCL Technical Services; and
  • conservation of print materials by Nancy Schrock, chief collections conservator for Preservation & Imaging Services in the Harvard College Library.

The assembly concluded with a challenge from President Summers: he called for the Harvard libraries to continue to develop collectively as the hub of an information network for academic research.

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