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Students filter through Widener Library at dusk on Tuesday during exam period.
Robert C. Darnton ’60, the Harvard University librarian, will step down from his post after an eight-year tenure at the helm of Harvard’s library system.
Beginning its second century, Harvard University Press is rethinking and modernizing the methods of academic publishing while maintaining its traditional standards for the works that carry the Harvard name on their spines.
Prefrosh Saloni Vishwakarma takes a picture of fellow prefrosh Deepika S. Kurup in front of Widener Library on Monday, the last day of Visitas. “Visitas has been phenomenal. One of the best parts is how approachable everyone is,” said Kurup.
It’s Wednesday afternoon and a group of library staff members have gathered for an important vote. Carefully examining the entries, they mark down votes on a ballot which includes categories from “wittiest/punniest” and “most resembles a book,” to “most inedible.” This is Lamont Library’s first edible book contest since 2009 (though I will come to see that both the “book” and “edible” requirements are really more like loose guidelines), a celebration of the scholarly and scrumptious. Lamont’s contest is an incarnation of the Edible Book Festival, an annual competition for “bibliophiles, book artists, and food lovers around the world,” according to the website.
Here are some of Farnsworth’s finest and strangest, available now for your reading pleasure.
Both seats and couches are available for use at the Fung Library, which is located at the bottom floor of the Center for Government and International Studies building.
A student studies in the peaceful Yenching Reading Room of the Yenching Library. This space is usually not very full.
The “powerful and very dangerous” storm, the National Weather Service reported, will develop Saturday night through Sunday morning.
Professor of Romance Languages and Literature Jeffrey T. Schnapp introduces "Cold Storage", a short documentary showing the inside workings of the Harvard Depository, Harvard's off-site library storage facility. The movie was followed by a panel on the future of libraries and information organization.
Dan C. Hazen, Ph.D., has recovered books from the battlefield. While working for a Nicaraguan library in the 1980s, Hazen led a team to salvage political documents from local government buildings overtaken by the Contras. Storming into offices whose occupants had been exiled, the archivists attracted some suspicion.