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Harvard University Library Notes / March 2006 / No. 1330
Cabot Library Holds Open House
Members of HCL's Cabot Science Library staff were on hand
for a recent open house, discussing library services, giving tours,
and providing updates on recent additions to the library's
"We wanted to introduce the community to the integration of
the Kummel Library into Cabot Library," explained Lynne Schmelz,
librarian for the sciences and librarian of the Cabot and Tozzer
libraries. When Kummel closed in May 2005, its maps and geological
sciences holdings were incorporated into Cabot and are now available
to patrons through the latter. The newly integrated research collection
in earth and planetary sciences complements Cabot's previous
research collections in pure mathematics and theoretical statistics.
Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, addressed
those gathered and thanked everyone who had worked hard to make
the move as seamless as possible. Cline also noted the highly interdisciplinary
nature of Cabot, commenting on the new synergies that arise from
combining collections. "It's a library like Cabot where
all the disciplines can intersect," said Cline. "Cabot
has made itself over with this last move."
Paul Hoffman, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology in the Department
of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), also spoke to open house
attendees, acknowledging that moving an entire library is "really
a daunting undertaking," and thanking in particular Michael
Leach, head of collection development in Cabot, and other staff
members for making it happen. With the recent collection changes,
Cabot now supports the EPS department, which has grown significantly
in recent years.
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