Staff Development

There are considerable shifts afoot to the methods and tools by which metadata are being managed by information professionals, including BIBFRAME, Linked Data, EAD3, EAC-CPF and other metadata initiatives.  There are also Harvard Library initiatives, including the move to ArchivesSpace and the eventual  implementation of ALMA.  Because of these events, the department has made staff development an important goal for the year.

Along with attending relevant conferences and RBS classes, the department is focused on:



Contributing to the Houghton goal of improving security, the Technical Services staff has several projects for the coming year:


All the functions of the Technical Services Department have the goal of aiding in improving discovery and access for our patrons.  Some highlights include:



A continuing Houghton goal is greater emphasis on digital, both born-digital material and digitized collections.  The Technical Services department has a crucial role to play in this endeavor.  Our annual goals in this area include:


Harvard Library and Beyond Collaborations

The Technical Services department plays a prominent role within Harvard Library endeavors, a role that has increased with the Harvard Library’s goal in improving access and discovery to library collections.  Also, the department is actively involved in the profession beyond Harvard.  Sharing our knowledge and expertise is important, as well as bringing back to Houghton what we learn outside its walls.  Highlights of our coming year’s activities include:


75th Anniversary

In 2017, Houghton will be celebrating its 75th anniversary, an important milestone and a chance to highlight Houghton’s importance, at Harvard and beyond.  The department will be contributing to the celebration: