• Harvard University
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  • Library Notes
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  • October 2010
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  • No. 1356
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Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature

The Ernst Mayr Library and the Botany Libraries at Harvard are active participants in a recently awarded a three-year National Leadership Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in the category "Advancing Digital Resources." The grant was awarded to the California Academy of Sciences. The project title is "Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature." Other partners include the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution's US National Herbarium to develop a system for integrating biological researchers' field and specimen notes, with museum specimens and related electronically published literature.

The enhanced and integrated access to biological data will serve a wide variety of users, and will connect to other ongoing projects such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions that have joined forces to deliver important, page-level digital content representing the core of published literature on natural history.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

Relaxation Revolution at the Countway

On Wednesday, November 10, the Notable Books Series at Harvard Medical School's Countway Library presents its next speaker: Herbert Benson, MD, Mind/Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Benson is the author of Relaxation Revolution: Enhancing Your Personal Health Through the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing.

Benson will discuss his recent work with colleagues in the field of genetics, which links mind/body treatments to the healing of a steadily expanding number of medical conditions. Mind and body have become part of a scientific and medical whole; together they represent a complete approach to healing and maximal well-being. He will cite how mind/body techniques have the potential not only to enhance healing but also to reduce health costs to individuals and to society as a whole.

The lecture, which takes place from 4 until 5 pm in the Minot Room at the Countway, will be followed by a book signing and reception. Contact Roz Vogel, 2-4807 or rvogel@hms.harvard.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

EPDOP on Temporary Hold

The University Library Administration has announced a temporary suspension of EPDOP, the Extended Professional Development Opportunity Program. Created in 1999 as a five-year pilot program, has offered paid professional development leaves of one to three months' duration for independent projects intended to increase professional competencies and to provide direct benefit to Harvard's libraries. The program, has never been supported by funding of any sort.

As valuable as these leaves have proven, the lack of funding has tilted the program in favor of staff in Harvard's larger libraries—and disadvantaged hard-working professionals in smaller library units. Efforts will be made to reinstate the program as a funded professional development initiative. Further information will be announced in Library Notes as it becomes available.

Submit Listings to the HUL Calendar

Harvard library staff are reminded to submit listings to the Harvard University Library (HUL) Calendar located at http://hul.harvard.edu/calendar.html. The calendar includes meetings, events, exhibitions, and deadlines of interest and/or concern to Harvard’s library community. A primary purpose of the HUL calendar is to provide  as a planning and reference tool that can aid in avoiding conflicts.

Library staff can submit listings through the HUL web site by using the forms for events or exhibitions.

During the academic year, the calendar is updated weekly—usually on Mondays—by the HUL Office of the Director.

Library Notes: The Next Issue . . .

The next issue of Library Notes is scheduled to be online on Monday November 29. Please submit news items, staff activities, new appointments, photographs, and other materials in electronic form to administration@hulmail.harvard.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline is Monday, November 8.