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    Kenneth Peterson, Associate Head of Access Services, outlined the Get It services, including Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan.
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    The event offered students the chance to meet librarians one-on-one. Here, Laura Blake, Head of Services for Academic Programs, meets a new graduate student.
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    Ellie Clement Head of Reference at Cabot Science Library discusses science resources with a student.
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    Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development for Cabot Science Library, led a dynamic discussion about science resources.
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    Research Librarian Pam Matz introduced students to HOLLIS, Harvard’s online library catalog, and demonstrated how to locate E-Resources.
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    Curricular Design and Research Librarian Ramona Islam demonstrated the use of citation management tools like RefWorks.

August 29, 2011 – Whether its providing research assistance, locating and accessing online resources, identifying materials for teaching, or even scanning and delivering library materials electronically, Harvard’s librarians are here to help graduate students. That was the message delivered again and again to the hundreds of new Harvard graduate students who attended Dudley Fest, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences-sponsored orientation held at Dudley House on August 24.

Students who attended the event’s two hour-long orientation sessions were welcomed to Harvard by Laura Farwell Blake, Head of Services for Academic Programs, who urged them to become familiar with Harvard’s libraries, staff and their many resources.

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Other presenters included Research Librarian Pam Matz, who offered a brief demonstration on the use of HOLLIS, Harvard’s online library catalog, and on the many E-Resources available to students; Ramona Islam, Curricular Design and Research Librarian, who explained the use of citation management tools like RefWorks; Multimedia Librarian Paul Worster screened a video that highlighted how the collections and resources in the Maps, Media, Data and Government Information unit can be used together; Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development at Cabot Science Library, who described the science resources available to students; and Kenneth Peterson, Associate Head of Access Services, who outlined the Get It services, including Scan and Deliver, Borrow Direct, and Interlibrary Loan.

Students were also encouraged to meet the Library Liaisons associated with their departments. Liaisons are research librarians who work with a specific academic department providing one-on-one consultation and general reference services to the department’s faculty and students.

Other Harvard library units offering information to students were the Office of Scholarly Communications and the Manuscript and Archives Public Services group.