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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
July 2, 2013—On June 26, Dorothy Barr, public services librarian at the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, waited excitedly for museum curators and researchers to trickle in with dragonflies, a vial of cyanobacteria and a jar containing a preserved hagfish—all to be displayed in her exhibit “Biological Time” in the Northwest Building on Oxford Street.
Every six months, Barr—with the help of many Harvard staff, faculty and researchers—installs a new exhibit in the in the lobby of the building. “I choose my themes in part to help showcase what our faculty and researchers are already working on—and in part by what is most visually interesting,” she said. The idea for the previous exhibit on bioluminescence... read more
July 2, 2013—Theses and dissertations from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) are now publicly available in the Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) repository, following GSAS’s recent move from paper to electronic submissions. These works are also indexed in HOLLIS, which includes a link to the record in DASH.
Ben Finio’s “Roll, Pitch and Yaw Torque Control for a Robotic Bee” is one such dissertation, now openly available in DASH. Finio received his PhD in engineering sciences from Harvard and is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University. In a video produced by the Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), Finio discusses his... read more
June 25, 2013—The Harvard Library Board recently approved recommendations outlined in “Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library,” fulfilling key recommendations of both the Task Force on the Harvard Libraries and the Library Implementation Working Group.
Collections and content development will remain in the domain of the local or school libraries, with librarians, curators, archivists and faculty throughout the... read more
June 25, 2013—At 625 Massachusetts Avenue, which houses many staff members in Harvard Library’s Information and Technical Services (ITS), lunchtime is an opportunity to slip away from work and take just a few steps to an art museum. Staff discuss the pieces that fill the walls of the room, brightening the space and showcasing the—otherwise hidden—artistic abilities of many of the people who work in ITS.
“One reason I chose to participate is that it truly does build community to see your colleagues’ work and to showcase your own,” said Page Nelson. “So often we get defined by our jobs and titles, and we start to identify with those roles as well. Having the opportunity to exhibit artwork—something entirely different from what we do behind our desks—helps us realize that we are working with full people with unique interests,... read more