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July 16, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Acquisitions Archivist—Countway Library (Grade 57, Req# 30068BR)
Librarian—Philosophy Department (Grade 56, Req# 29994BR)
Library Assistant V—Access Services (Grade 52, Req# 30004BR)
Organizational Performance Reporting and Assessment Librarian—Library Finance (Grade 59, Req# 30056BR)
July 16, 2013—The Association of Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) granted the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) the 2013 Best Online Resources Award. The award committee emphasized the value of the MHL’s content and the innovative collaborative nature of the organization’s structure.
The MHL is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the National Library of Medicine and the New York Public Library. It promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. “This is an important award because ALHHS consists of discerning experts, the most active librarians and archivists in the history of medicine in the United States and Canada,” said Kathryn Hammond... read more
July 16, 2013—Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, honorary curator of the culinary collection at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, led a week-long seminar, “Reading Historic Cookbooks: A Structured Approach,” at the Schlesinger from June 2 through 7. Sixteen participants from as far away as Australia and Germany attended the seminar, which used Schlesinger’s robust collection of cookbooks to analyze ingredients, preparation, utensils and even language.
Laura Richardson, a retired journalist from Wyoming, found out about the course as she was conducting her research for a book on the history of the layer cake at a local library. “One of the most thrilling aspects of being here is being in the same room with so many international cookbook readers and writers,” she said.
Wheaton began exploring cookbooks more than 50 years ago in Widener... read more
July 9, 2013—The Cambridge Archives Project hosted its “Fifth Annual Archives Crawl” June 17 through 21, which included the Harvard University Archives, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Cambridge Public Works Department, the Cambridge Freemasons Lodge and Christ Church. This year’s theme was “Spaces: Sacred & Profane.” The Harvard University Archives has been a stop on the tour for the last three years, and this year the Graduate School of Design’s Special Collections and the Property Information Resource Center (PIRC) also participated.
“This is a great event because it invites members of the general public—not just researchers and scholars—to see what we have in our collection,” said Virginia Hunt, associate university archivist for collection development and... read more
July 9, 2013—Every week, Marilyn Morgan, manuscript cataloger at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, leads Chair Yoga for Librarians in the Wadsworth House Conference Room. “I find that librarians especially tend to be very service-oriented and put themselves last,” Morgan said. “We often feel guilty about taking time for ourselves. This class is great because anyone can carve out 30 minutes once a week.”
The class starts with a simple breathing exercise to help ground and relax participants; it also serves to reset posture—which has a tendency to sag after a few hours in front of a screen. She then moves on to gentle neck stretches, seated spine twists and hand and wrist stretches, which are especially helpful for people who type a lot. Morgan ends with a series of stretches for hamstrings and hips. “I choose exercises that can... read more