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This is a platform for Library staff news and events. Please send comments and suggestions to thomas_dodsonatharvard [dot] edu (subject: News%20%26%20Events%20Beta%20Feedback) (Thomas Dodson).

March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014—Collections, once hidden, made visible and accessible through addition to HOLLIS. QR codes in the stacks pointing library users to related subject guides on the web. Scanning selected book pages at the point of cataloging. These are just a few of the improvements and additions to library services that have taken place over the past few years under the auspices of Harvard Library’s initiatives to promote more innovation and experimentation. While large-scale initiatives often draw the most attention, a series of smaller projects that have bubbled up through programs like the Harvard Library Lab are benefiting users in many different ways. Here are... read more

File Under: Innovation
March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014—Strong Medicine, a digital archive, captures the Boston medical community’s experiences of and responses to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.

(See a slideshow featuring items in the collection below.)

Launched by the Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library, Strong Medicine is collecting stories, photographs and other media from the Boston medical community and making them available to inform health care professionals, students and the general public. Strong Medicine is partnering with... read more

March 19, 2014

A collection of Walter Gropius’s bow ties at the Loeb Design Library reflects the famed modernist architect and his love of joy. “It was the architecture gear of a certain era,” said Benjamin Prosky, GSD’s assistant dean for communications. Read the full story.



File Under: Collections, Loeb Design
March 18, 2014

As many of you know, the Library Leadership Team charged a Discovery Platform Investigation Group to explore the Web Scale Discovery tools currently available in the marketplace and make a recommendation regarding the potential use of such a tool at Harvard. I am pleased to report that the DPI group recommended working with Ex Libris to implement Primo for the upcoming academic year. We are currently in negotiations with Ex Libris and hope to have an agreement finalized soon. Primo will make it possible for us to meet a persistent demand from our users for the ability to search for books and articles simultaneously.

The Search and Discovery Group will be hosting an open meeting for the community in April and we will share more details about the selection process, the Primo tool, and implementation plans in that venue.  In the... read more

File Under: Project Update
March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014—Since the February update, members of the DRS Advisory Group shared the DRS metadata migration plan at an open meeting on February 26. The meeting's slides can be found here.

A key takeaway from the open meeting was a comparison of the new DRS to the current DRS using the NDSA Levels of Preservation, a tiered set of recommendations organizations should aspire to in their digital preservation... read more

File Under: Project Update


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