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Category Archives: Wolbach Library

Learning Lab Collections

Henrietta Swan Leavitt at her desk

Today, the Wolbach Library has started publishing online educational collections on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. Project PHaEDRA is an initiative by the Wolbach Library, in collaboration with partners, to catalog, digitize, transcribe, and develop the metadata of over 2500 logbooks and notebooks produced by the Harvard Computers and early…

Visual Astronomy Display: September 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… Why auroras can appear like pearl necklaces; Musician Beck uses NASA images and artificial intelligence to create cosmic art; Building a Venus rover with no electronic components; See Mars and Venus in the September sky; Fermilab…

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…

(Re)Introducing ORCiD@CfA

Image of the ORCiD logo

The Wolbach Library has updated our online tool for collecting CfA-affiliated ORCiDs. We are collecting CfA ORCiDs while developing our CfA bibliography in order to build a repository of CfA-affiliated research. Visit our new tool at orcid.wolba.ch, or browse your colleague’s research using our list of CfA ORCiDs! What is…

Visual Astronomy Display: August 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. See an animation of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing site; Fabio Pacucci explains the three-body problem; Comet NEOWISE as seen by spacecraft; How celestial bodies affect life under the sea; Why communication with extraterrestrial life might…

Visual Astronomy Display: July 2020

Image of the solar activity from NASA's time lapse video

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Watch ten years of solar activity in this time lapse video from NASA; NASA, ESA, & JAXA unveil a satellite data-driven COVID-19 dashboard; Seeker explains the innovations of the new Perseverance Mars rover; Why does this young…

Visual Astronomy Display: June 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Watch SpaceX’s Falcon9 lift off, the first commercial manned mission to space; Hubble has a new image of Saturn; No, scientists have not discovered a universe where time flows backward; But we do have a possible explanation…

Visual Astronomy Display: May 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. Highlights… The first observed interstellar comet, 2I/Borisov, shed millions of gallons of water into space; Watch a vintage NASA Aeronautics and Space Report on Moon spacewear; The Hubble Telescope celebrates 30 years of operation with a slideshow…

Harvard Computers features on Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura article

On April 7th, 2020, the Wolbach Library at the Center for Astrophysics  | Harvard & Smithsonian was featured in an article on the travel website Atlas Obscura. The article, “Even More Ways to Help Librarians and Archivists From Home” by Jessica Leigh Hester, features six different transcription and citizen science…

Visual Astronomy Display: April 2020

The Wolbach Library wishes good health to everyone during this unprecedented global crisis. This month’s playlist includes some videos relating to COVID-19, including advice from astronauts about social distancing, book recommendations for quarantine, and speculation on how getting sick on Mars or the Moon might differ from getting sick on…