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David Weinberger on the future of libraries

CBC – “The days of the card catalogue are long over, but there are even more innovations ahead in how the information available at libraries is organized. In a recent interview on Spark, David Weinberger, author and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, talked to host Nora Young about ShelfLife and LibraryCloud, two of the lab’s ongoing projects that will transform how we use libraries.”

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Morris Cohen

NYTimes – “MORRIS, the name of the online catalog of the Yale Law School Library, is not an acronym. It’s a tribute to Morris Cohen, the school’s longtime librarian and law professor, who died in December at 83 and was one of America’s great scholarly librarians.”

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Books about gay issues vandalized at Harvard

The Associated Press – “Police at Harvard University say they are investigating vandalism to about 40 books about lesbian and gay issues at a school library as a hate crime.Security staff at Lamont Library said in a report filed with campus police on Friday that it appeared someone poured urine on the books on Nov. 24. An empty bottle was found nearby.”

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Palfrey Proposes a New Digital Legal Information Environment for the Future

Harvard News – “In a November lecture marking his appointment as the Henry N. Ess III Professor at Harvard Law School, Professor John G. Palfrey ’01 called for a new legal information system "grounded in a set of open data." Palfrey, who is also the vice dean for library and information resources at HLS, delivered the lecture to a standing-room audience of colleagues and students in the Caspersen Room in Langdell Hall, home of the Harvard Law School library.”

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Harvard’s Library Lab Issues an Open Call for Proposals from Students, Faculty, and Staff

Harvard News – “In a move designed to inspire a new generation of library services, the University’s newly created Library Lab is inviting students, faculty, and staff to collaborate with the Harvard Libraries and serve as co-creators of the information society of the future. In announcing the Lab, Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, states that the Lab “will develop a wide variety of digital innovations that will ensure Harvard’s leadership in the burgeoning and increasingly collaborative world of information technology. Thanks to support from the Arcadia Fund, Harvard’s Library Lab will enhance knowledge and library services through a striking balance of innovation, cooperation, and entrepreneurship.”

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Harvard and MIT Share Libraries

Harvard Crimson – “Harvard and MIT have opened large parts of their library collections to undergraduates at both schools in a new partnership announced yesterday. Students from the two universities can now apply online or in person for borrowing privileges at their counterpart institution. Harvard students will be able to access MIT libraries including the school’s expansive engineering collection, while MIT students will have access to most of Harvard College Library. HCL, which manages the circulation of over 11 million items, is the largest unit within Harvard’s library system.”

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Harvard launches on iTunes U

Harvard News – “University’s content will showcase research, educational material”

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HSPH Unveils Comprehensive, Public Online Library of Firearms Research

Press Release – “A new firearms research database launched by the Harvard School of Public Health makes scholarly articles more accessible to reporters, law enforcement, public health officials, policymakers, and the general public. The Firearms Research Digest (www.firearmsresearch.org) provides summaries of articles gathered from social science, criminology, medical and public health journals and is written in clear, accessible language for use by those outside academia. The website currently covers six years of research published between 2003 and 2008. The digest will be expanded over time to include articles from 1988 to the present.”

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Now Online-Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

Harvard Library Newsh – “What do John Keats’s Shakespeare, Wordsworth’s library catalog, and Victor Hugo’s commonplace book have in common with primers and spellers and other historical materials on learning to read? Each item is among the 1,200 books and manuscripts—comprising more than 250,000 web-accessible pages—now discoverable online in Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History. Developed by Harvard’s Open Collections Program with generous support from the Arcadia Fund, Reading is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. Visit the collection at http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/reading.

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British Library’s Helen Shenton Is HUL’s New Deputy Director

Harvard University Library – “The first snow of the year lingers on the steps of Widener Library as Helen Shenton and Robert Darnton make their way back to the University Library Office in Wadsworth House. It’s a short three days since Shenton, the head of collection care for the British Library, was named the deputy director of the Harvard University Library. Already, she and Darnton are immersed in issues of library finance, space, organization, consolidation.”

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