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This is a platform for Library staff news and events. Please send comments and suggestions to Thomas Dodson.

August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.

Library Assistant V—Access Services (Grade 52, Req# 30490BR )

Library Assistant V—Information and Technical Services (Grade 52, Req# 30450BR)

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August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013—In 1915, when he was a senior, Harvard College student Richard Edward Connell wrote a libelous article in the Crimson about a piece in Boston American, a Hearst publication, resulting in a lawsuit. Yet the debacle brought the young writer to the attention of William Randolph Hearst, and eventually helped Connell get a job with another publication. This story, among many others, was uncovered as Christine Hubbard, graduate student intern, processed materials in the Harvard University Archives.

Hubbard and fellow interns Olivia Mandica-Hart and Eve Neiger uncovered a wealth of information about Harvard student life while working in the Archives this summer. The three collaborated on an exhibition, “Breeches, Bibles and Beauty Parlors,” that showcases photographs, letters and...

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File Under: Exhibitions, Archives, Students
August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013—“It gives one chills to see [Dickinson’s] original manuscripts—to be able to picture where her eccentric and significant dashes were originally placed,” said Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature. New’s HarvardX fall course, “Poetry in America,” will include several lectures filmed in Harvard libraries and feature items from libraries' collections.

HarvardX—launched in parallel with EdX, the not-for-profit online learning enterprise founded by Harvard and MIT—allows faculty members like New to reimagine their teaching using new technologies to reach a global audience of learners. While MOOCs, or massive open online courses, are frequently associated with...

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File Under: Collections, HarvardX
August 20, 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 Elizabeth Hedrick, communications officer.

Clara Livingston (Livy) Bailin recently joined the Harvard Library as a conservation technician for special collections. Working with the Weissman Preservation Center, she will assist conservators in the treatment of rare books, photographs and works on paper. Bailin previously served as a technician at the Wellesley College Library, the Frick Art Reference Library and the Arkansas History Commission. She holds a BA in art history, with a minor in chemistry, from Wellesley College.

Heather Cristiano...

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August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013—Two watercolors from the Harvard University Archives by Jonathan Fisher, Harvard Class of 1795, are now on display at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine. The exhibit, "A Wondrous Journey—Jonathan Fisher and the Making of Scripture Animals," highlights Fisher’s curious mind and his multifaceted interests and talents as a minister, mathematician, linguist, teacher and writer—in addition to his work as a visual artist. “The two pieces [from Harvard] are important to the exhibit because it was at Harvard that Jonathan Fisher had the access to the books, ideas and teachers who forever inspired his intellectual pursuits,” said Farnsworth Assistant Curator Jane Bianco, who curated the exhibit.

Bianco tracked down Fisher’s mathematical thesis—which is...

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