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Junior Parents Gather at Houghton Library

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Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching, and Learning Susan Fliss talks with the parent of a junior.

March 10, 2010 – Parents gathered in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library on Friday, March 5, for HCL's Junior Parents Weekend Reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Harvard College Library.

The annual reception, part of the campus-wide Junior Parents Weekend, gives parents a chance to meet librarians, learn about library programs, and discover how the library is, or can be, part of their child's college experience.

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Virginia Danielson, the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, and Friends board member, welcomed guests. Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, highlighted the opportunities students have to conduct research on rare materials, describing his work with a student whose undergraduate senior thesis uncovered new information on a 13th-century manuscript.

“The beautiful objects in Houghton Library – and in other HCL libraries – are not just for elite researchers, they play an important role in undergraduate education,” Kelly said. “Being in the physical presence of artifacts from the past is one way to energize students, and it is an experience the library makes available to all undergraduates.”

Tours of Houghton and Widener followed the reception.