• Harvard University
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  • Library Notes
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  • July 2010
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  • No. 1354
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HGSE's Garson Appointed to US Department of Education Committee


Deborah Garson, head of Research and Instruction Services at Gutman Library, was recently appointed to the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences' new Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Library Committee. ERIC is an online digital library of education research and information providing access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research. Under the National Library Initiative mandate, the 10-member ERIC Library Committee will review and advise the Department of Education regarding ERIC content, technology, services, and outreach.

"I am honored and excited to be part of this initiative and look forward to being a full participant in the committee's work," Garson said, expressing her enthusiasm for the appointment.

Biodiversity Heritage Library: The ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration of the Year

birds.sb.jpgOne June 27, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) awarded its Outstanding Collaboration Citation to the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life. BHL is a 12-member consortium of natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions that collectively hold a substantial part of the world's published knowledge on biological diversity. Historically, this wealth of knowledge has been largely limited to researchers with direct access to these institutions. BHL participants agreed to digitize the published biodiversity literature held in their respective collections and to make it available through a global “biodiversity commons.”

Both the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Harvard University Botany Libraries are founding members of the BHL, contributing content, expertise, and administrative support to the initiative.
The ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services or products that improve and benefit the provision and management of library collections. The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

For more information, see "Creating a Biodiversity Heritage Commons—The Biodiversity Heritage Library" in the July 2009 issue of Library Notes.


An HCL Green Team Initiative: Think Before You Toss

Harvard College Libary has implemented a new Public Space Recycling Program, which is now complete in Widener, Lamont, Pusey, and Tozzer libraries. The project entailed removing the small trash containers located at individual study tables and carrels, and replacing them with a set of large containers in visible, high-traffic locations within the public space. One container in the set is for single-stream recycling and the other for trash. Each container is labeled with a descriptive, graphic sign to indicate what items should go into it. 
Initiated by the HCL Green Team, the program's goal is to capture more recyclable material and avoid the combination of non-recyclables (food, containers with food residue, plastic utensils and bags) with single-stream recyclables (plastics #1-7, cans, glass, cardboard, paper), which contaminates the single-stream items and renders them trash as well. Green Team Chair Andy LaPlume anticipates that this program will improve the libraries’ recycling-to-trash ratio, a University-wide goal, in FY 2011.

“Before, it was easy for people to dump everything in the little black wastebaskets because they were at every carrel and every study table. Now, people need to carry their disposables to the big bins, and they stop and think before they throw things away,” LaPlume said.

As part of the project, each member of the HCL Green team—Thomas Bahr from Widener, George Clark from Lamont, Monique Duhaime from Houghton, Sarah Kasten from Tozzer, and Tim Driscoll from HUL's University Archives, located in Pusey—conducted a walkthrough of their library’s public spaces with staff from Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Their findings were used to determine where to place the new bins.

Other sustainability projects recently undertaken at HCL libraries include the installation of compact fluorescent bulbs in chandeliers in Widener, saving 69,406 kilowatt hours of electricity per year; and the installation of 140 occupancy sensors in the Widener stacks corridors, saving 59,404 kilowatt hours per year.


Library Directory

Beginning with the 2010–2011 academic year, the HUL Office of the Director will no longer publish the print version of the Harvard University Library Directory. In the web-only world of the Harvard Libraries, keeping the online version of the Directory, available at http://staff.hul.harvard.edu, up to date and accurate is more important than ever.

You can change, add, or delete listings by using the forms at http://staff.hul.harvard.edu/directory-change.html. You do not need special access to submit a listing, which will then be reviewed and added to the site.

Libraries are welcome to link users to the page for their staff listing. The HUL Directory is Harvard-access only.

For special questions or concerns, contact Catherine BlatzThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , HUL's publications coordinator.