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November 7, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Access Services would like to introduce Harvard Direct, a new service that will provide easier access to books through an intra-library delivery service and paging.

Patrons will see a “Request Item” link in Hollis for circulating books in agreed-upon collections.  When they click this link, they will be able to choose a library for delivery. This process will be very similar to requesting an item from the Harvard Depository. Within 4 days (often less), the book will be held for the patron on the hold shelf.

Here is an outline of the parameters:

  • This service is available to all patrons, with the exception of Special Borrowers
  • There is a commitment to a four-day turnaround time.
  • The receiving libraries (chosen because they have five-day delivery):
    • Andover Theology...
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November 5, 2013

November, 5, 2013—Staff members at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Countway Library enjoy healthy snacks and visitors delight in flower arrangements at the circulation desk, thanks to the staff-maintained community garden at the library. Volunteers take daily watering shifts, and plant, weed and fertilize as needed. The garden includes medicinal herbs, basil, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, pattypan squash, nasturtiums, marigolds and morning glories. Some of the flowers are planted in repurposed bookshelves that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill.

“We select what to grow based on availability and donations,” said Heather Cristiano, archivist for the Harvard School of Public Health and records management...

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November 5, 2013

Take Note shares professional news about Harvard Library staff members; it is published periodically on the Harvard Library portal. Have something to share? Please send it to Kira Poplowski, director of communications.

Four Harvard Library staff members participated in the Open Geoportal National Summit on October 27 and 28: Bonnie Burns, librarian for Geographic Information Services, David Siegel, lead digital library software engineer for the Harvard Geospatial Library, Janina Mueller, design data librarian, and Mark McGee, geospatial resources cataloger. The ...

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November 4, 2013

Christopher MorseOn October 23, Harvard University Information Technology, Arts and Humanities Research Computing, the Academic Technology Group and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications led an introductory workshop on e-book publishing in Lamont Library.

Christopher Morse—of DARTH Crimson, Harvard’s Digital Arts and Humanities Team—was a lead organizer of the event. “We run workshops and consult with faculty members, students and staff on digital humanities projects and any digital research,” Morse said, mentioning that there is an upcoming tutorial session on how to start and manage a blog using...

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November 4, 2013

Peter V. MarsdenOne hundred years from now, what will people think of Post-it notes, wind-up toys or the technological marvel of our generation, the smartphone?

Future Harvard faculty, students, staff and administrators will have the opportunity to examine these early 21st-century items that are contained within a time capsule placed in the outside wall of the Tozzer Library. At a ceremony on Oct. 17, faculty and staff discussed the opportunity to place items into a capsule to be viewed by people 100 or more years from now.

“Isn’t it wonderful we’re putting it in there for 100 years?” asked Dean of Social Science Peter Marsden.

Marsden, who is the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology,...

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