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Developing an Anti-Racist Strategy for the Library

Background I came to the CfA in 2015, and in 2017 I became Head Librarian here. At that time, I decided I wanted to update the library’s mission. I also wanted to make explicit the library’s priorities (what we do) and guiding principles (how we do it). However, at the…

Summer Blog Series: An Updated Mission Statement

The prevailing theme behind the Library’s summer blog series has been to share snapshots in the history of the H.C.O. and S.A.O. where significant national or international events intersected with astrophysical scholarship. Due to the widespread closure of libraries and archives relating to Covid-19, much of our research for this…

The Center for Astrophysics and the Libre Space Foundation team up on open metadata for small satellite missions

Image: NASA. 2016. ELaNa IX STMSat ISS Deployment. 2016. The Center for Astrophysics and the Libre Space Foundation have been awarded funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to develop and prototype an open metadata schema to link data, software, and hardware from small satellite missions. The project will help…

New Leisure Reading Collection in Wolbach Library!

We’re happy to announce that Wolbach’s staff have created a small physical leisure reading collection that is now available for circulation You can check out what’s available here on LibraryThing! We hope you take a moment to take a breath and stop by to check out the collection. We’re also…

Halloween Rifting

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This Monday come try out the Library’s new Origin laptop with the Oculus Rift! The Origin will be available for checkout on Tuesday, so be the first to give it a try! We hope that by providing new types of shared resources like the Origin and Oculus that the CfA…

New Ways of Seeing: Exploring Cameras

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Tech Talk @ Cabot is a new weekly event series taking place in the Cabot Science Library on Wednesdays from 3-4pm. Wolbach will be participating in these sessions and showcasing parts of our Devices Collection! Stop by, have some fun, and learn about creative tools and technologies to support the…

Introducing Project PHAEDRA!

Project PHAEDRA: Preserving Harvard’s Early Data and Research in Astronomy Recently, research material originally produced during the mid-to-late 19th century and early 20th century by researchers at the Harvard College Observatory was re-discovered in the HCO Plate Stacks holdings. These early notebooks and other materials are absolutely irreplaceable. The material represents…

Learn Something New at Wolbach!

We invite you to register for the following upcoming workshops taking place in Wolbach Library! Click the links below to register! GitHub – Oct. 12 from 10-2 (last hour for support and questions): http://bit.ly/github_cfa16 AstroPy – Nov. 15 from 10-4: http://bit.ly/astropy_cfa16 Jupyter – Dec. 7 from 1-3: http://bit.ly/jupyter_cfa16 After registering you will be contacted soon after to…

JupyterDays Day 2

JupyterDays day two was filled with more talks and demonstrations from the event speakers. The running theme throughout day two was integrating Jupyter Notebooks into your already existing workflows to solve problems. The morning started out with an introduction to Docker by Jonas Rosland, a Developer Advocate at EMC {code}. Jonas clarified…

JupyterDays Day 1!

Welcome to Jupyter Days Boston 2016 Day 1! This post will cover the highlights of the first day of the meeting. The event is taking place at the Harvard Law School and is organized by Project Jupyter, O”Reilly Media, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Library. Follow along on Twitter #JupyterDays. The day started…