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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1325 May 2005


Cabot Library Holds Open House


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 collections.

"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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