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Harvard Business Review Press and EBSCO Sign Exclusive Agreement

“An agreement between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Harvard Business Review Press will allow EBSCO to create summaries of Harvard Business Review Press’ books by the world’s leading business thinkers, including John P. Kotter, Clayton Christensen, W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne, Michael Watkins, Linda Hill, Vijay Govindarajan, A.G. Lafley, and Roger Martin. Summaries of all the very latest Harvard Business Review Press books will be available exclusively from EBSCO Business Book Summaries™starting in January 2014, along with summaries of Harvard Business Review Press’ all-time best-sellers. In addition, EBSCO subscribers will be able to buy Harvard Business Review Press e-books directly through the EBSCO portal.” (via EBSCO)

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Zines were the scene

“Zines, self-published, self-distributed works tackling topics overlooked by the mainstream media, were a popular form of expression and communication in the 1980s and early ’90s. They were quite often described as labors of love by their authors. Over the summer, they became a labor of love for two Harvard seniors. Caitlin Ballotta and Nora Garry spent 10 weeks in Widener Library poring over the recent acquisition of about 20,000 zines and related materials. It’s been an eye-opening experience for the two women, and an important look at the issues and the stories that dominated the fringes of pop culture before the arrival of the Internet.” (via arvard Gazette)

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MIT and Harvard libraries awarded grant to foster careers in digital stewardship

“MIT and Harvard libraries will play a role in ensuring a new generation of library school graduates will be prepared for jobs in digital stewardship. The universities were jointly awarded a 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that will fund a pilot program to help recent graduates gain the skills, experience, and network needed to begin successful careers. “There’s a real gap between students graduating and the skills they need for available jobs. The program aims to bridge that gap,” said Nancy McGovern, head of curation and preservation services for MIT Libraries, and a co-author of the grant proposal.” (via MIT Libraries News)

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Harvard Library Board Approves Library Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan

“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 University broadly coordinating efforts in a more structured and deliberate way. Producing the final report for the Board’s approval was the responsibility of the Affinity Group heads, working with the executive director for the Harvard Library, following extensive consultation with Library staff members, faculty, researchers and other key stakeholders. Feedback on interim reports was gathered from working groups, community-wide discussion sessions, Affinity Group meetings, online fora, one-on-one meetings and members of the Library Board and Faculty Advisory Council. Comments were gathered and assessed, then incorporated into the final report.” (via Harvard Library Portal)

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The Library Test Kitchen at Harvard University

“Jeffrey Schnapp is on a mission to save our libraries. As the director of both the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the metaLab (at) Harvard, he typically spends his days grappling with the urgent questions of the wired world, but right now, his most pressing concern is more concrete. In a rapidly digitizing world, he is asking what will become of physical libraries — and their material soul, books. To answer the looming questions, Schnapp started an experiment called the Library Test Kitchen. It’s a laboratory class in Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and this fall will mark its third year in operation. Dedicated to rescuing physical, book-dense libraries from obsolescence, the team of students and instructors dream up designs that, as Schnapp says, “create a hybrid space where analog and digital coexist.” >(via Boston.com)

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Peter Suber to Direct Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication

“The Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), starting July 1, 2013. Suber will continue his current activities as director of the Harvard Open Access Project, based at the Berkman Center, as well as his affiliations as a Berkman faculty fellow, senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and research professor of philosophy at Earlham College. Suber’s new role with the OSC closely aligns with his work leading the Harvard Open Access Project. Both are driven by a common vision for opening access to cutting-edge research for everyone who can make use of it. Integrating the two roles into one position will allow the projects to better share strategies, staff, resources, and knowledge, and accelerate the progress of open access both within and beyond Harvard.

via Harvard Library Portal)

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Harvard Law Review Increases Online Presence

“The Harvard Law Review will more than double the number of editors focusing on online content for the publication next year in an effort to expand its web presence. Increasing the online staff from two to five, these new editors will join the Forum Committee, which is responsible for developing the website and editing the material published online. In the next year, the Law Review hopes to enhance the functionality and design of its website in addition to increasing the quantity of published content, according to second-year Law School student Gillian S. Grossman ’10, the recently elected president who will lead 127th Volume of the organization.”

via The Harvard Crimson

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Holmes’ suite home: Law library launches massive database on famed American jurist

“On the first Sunday in March of 1931, about 500 people gathered in Langdell Hall at Harvard Law School to listen to a CBS Radio broadcast by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., the ambitious, egotistical Civil War veteran and Harvard graduate A.B. 1861, LL.B. 1866 who pioneered the concept of legal realism. The law was “a practical weapon,” Holmes believed, and legal cases are best judged according to realities rather than abstractions.The radio address celebrated Holmes’ 90th birthday, one of many moments of adulation that spring that amused and pleased him — so much praise, he said, even though “self is so near vanishing.”

via Harvard Law School

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Cooper the Library Dog

A collection unlike others

During her 20 years at Harvard, Leslie Morris has led what any book lover might see as a charmed life. As the curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts at Houghton Library, she has befriended John Updike, corresponded with Gore Vidal, pored over cross-written letters by Jane Austen, and archived Emily Dickinson’s teacups. But about a year ago, during a three-day business trip to Europe, Morris experienced cultural astonishment on a new scale. She viewed a vast collection of boxes, drawers, shelves — whole rooms — full of eccentric treasures dating back to the 16th century, all expressions of a top cultural engine: altered states of mind. “I always explain it as sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll,” said Morris of the collection, now being unpacked, examined, described, and indexed at Harvard, a process known as accessioning. But the music collection and related artifacts went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Harvard, she said, “got the sex and drugs.”

via Harvard Gazette

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