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
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Sarah Adams was named the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. Adams joined the Library in 1995 as project librarian for the Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicale (RISM), an international cooperative project to document musical sources. She was named keeper of the Isham Memorial Library in 1999, as well as the director of the US Office of RISM. She was appointed the acting Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library and acting curator of the Archive of World Music in...read more
June 18, 2013—The following positions are currently available in the Harvard Library. Please visit ASPIRE and search by requisition number for more information.
Head Librarian/Archivist—Arnold Arboretum (Grade 57, Req# 29761BR)
Web Developer/Designer—Harvard Library/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (Grade 57, Req# 29833BR)
June 18, 2013—At a recent meeting, the Harvard Library Board approved a mission statement for the Harvard Library:
The Harvard Library advances scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation and dissemination of knowledge.
Drafting the first University-wide library mission statement was an early task of the Library Leadership Team (LLT). In March of this year, the LLT circulated an early draft and consulted with faculty members, members of the library staff and other key constituents in open sessions and online. Feedback was incorporated in the final draft that was presented and approved by the...read more
June 18, 2013—It is not unusual for a visitor to the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections (HSC) reading room to ask a librarian for a particular item and then stay and chat about his or her research for a long time, said Jane Kelly, HSC assistant for the Harvard Law School Library.
“Even though our researchers ask us many questions about our materials, I think we learn as much from them as they do from us,” said Karen Beck, manager of HSC for the Harvard Law School Library. This reciprocal relationship inspired the library’s latest exhibit, “Research Revealed: Six Scholars Explore...read more