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    Research Librarians Odile Harter, Anna Esty, Susan Gilman and Emily Bell join HCL staff at “Tea’s the Season”
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    Not just any Boston tea party is lucky enough to serve homemade chai.
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    Houghton Reference Librarian James Capobianco toasts Alison Harris, Santo Domingo Project Manager and Collection Cataloger, and Emma Clement, Library Assistant

By Beth Giudicessi, HCL Communications

December 11, 2013 – Harvard College Library (HCL) staff gathered in Lamont Library’s Forum Room on December 11 for “Tea’s the Season,” the latest tea party in a series hosted to bring together colleagues from across campus.

Upon joining Harvard in spring 2013, research librarians Odile Harter, Anna Esty, Susan Gilman and Emily Bell toured the libraries to get acquainted with each one’s services and collections. One of their visits was to Houghton Library, which welcomes researchers for coffee, tea and biscuits each Friday. Soon after, the “Group of Four,” as they have been called, started tea sessions for the Harvard College Library.

“It’s fun,” describes Harter, “it’s departments that don’t work next to each other.”

During the recent tea, guests from Loeb Music Library, Houghton Library, Cabot Science Library, Widener Library, and HCL’s Collection Development, Preservation and Imaging, public services, administration and Services for Academic Programs groups came together over homemade cheesecake, chai, cider and other treats.

December’s event was an expanded holiday version of the informal, bi-weekly tea parties hosted by the librarians. They usually take place in the Widener Library café, but have also been sponsored by the Loeb Music Library and the Ernst Mayr Library, which presented a honeybee-themed gathering.