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April 30, 2013—Members of the community recently flocked to the Weissman Preservation Center and the Collections Conservation Lab for their Open House tours, held in celebration of the American Library Association's Preservation Week 2013. The informal tours gave visitors a glimpse into the dedication, precision, and level of care provided to Harvard’s millions of books, photographs, artifacts and other items.At the Weissman Preservation Center, Brenda Bernier, head of the Center and the Paul M. and Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, greeted visitors and gave them an overview of the center’s efforts.“We’ve had a lot of questions from the library community about the work we do, and we wanted to share that experience with them and help them understand the breadth... read more
Previous awardees include Vaclav Havel, Andrei Sakharov and William Styron.April 30, 2013—Robert Darnton, Harvard University Librarian and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, was awarded the Prix Mondial Cino Del Duca by the Institut de France.The Prix Mondial is awarded each year to an author whose work “conveys a message of modern humanism.” The Institut de France noted it wanted to recognize Darnton for “his research on the history of books as well as his engagement in favor of open access to cultural material through the Internet.” Darnton will attend an award ceremony at the Institut in June 2013.Darnton joined Harvard in 2007 from Princeton University. He holds an AB from Harvard and a BPhil and DPhil from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. His publications include The Business of Enlightenment... read more
Like a book? You’ll love its neighbors.
April 23, 2013—StackLife combines the familiarity of ordinary shelves with the dexterity of the virtual to let users explore the 12.3 million items in Harvard’s 73 libraries, with the Harvard community as a guide.
Developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, StackLife is an open-source project that displays works on a virtual shelf that combines shelves from all of Harvard’s many libraries. With a click, StackLife users can create new shelves, pulling together works from across the physical library spaces. For example, clicking on an item’s subject areas creates new shelves holding all the works in the Harvard collection within that subject area, inviting serendipitous... read more
Harvard Library Strategic Conversations organized "Reality Matters" to explore use of primary materials.
April 23, 2013—In the digital age, some professors might grumble that students today don’t even know how to read a newspaper. Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard College Professor and Chair of the History and Literature Program, knows that they’re right.
Lepore shared her story during “Reality Matters,” organized by Harvard Library Strategic Conservations, which explored the use of items from the wealth of Harvard’s library and museum collections, and the benefits and challenges of both tactile and digital versions for... read more
April 23, 2013—The Affinity Group Heads seek input and perspective on the discussion document “Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan.”