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Architectural rendering of Tozzer Librray. Image courtesy of KVA Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
- Widener Library completed a new Collaborative Learning Space near the Atkins Reference Room that can host workshops and course-integrated sessions, bringing digital and print collections into meaningful context for students. This space is the first group study space created in Harvard’s flagship library;
- Widener Library constructed a video capture studio for Faculty of Arts and Sciences and HarvardX curricular use;
- Tozzer Library is completing a renovation that will foster collaboration between researchers studying social anthropology and archeology;
- A new Sound Studies Lab (Slab) was installed in the Music Library’s G. Wallace Woodworth Listening Room. Funded by a grant to the Music Department from the Hauser Fund and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, the Slab gives students access to cutting edge tools for composition, audio capture and recording, digital media and video editing, as well as audio mixing, mastering, and restoration. We anticipate it will be used for FAS research, composition, and scholarly projects—scientists working with sound, for example, or scholars working on acoustic ecology, historical documentation of a sound event, or recordings that need to be broken into sounds for composition. The first users were students in Professor Alexander Rehding’s spring 2013 course in sound studies, “Frameworks for Listening.”
What a librarian is now is something very different than what it was even 10 years ago. When we talk about libraries there’s often confusion about what that is. We think of libraries as books. We think of the codex — the bound thing. But that’s not really what a book is when you stop to think about it. It really is a written narrative.
When you think about the idea of a written account and what we mean by language — well, then I think if we have a mathematical proof that’s also a book. If we think about Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” trying to convey a visual narrative — that’s a book. I would say that saxophonist John Coltrane playing “Giant Steps” is a book. And if you really understand the language of a building and how it brings together expression through form and purpose that’s a language, then it’s a book, too.
I am a librarian, but how that is, is different.
—Marty Schreiner, Head of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information