University Libraries’ report issued

first_imgHarvard must restructure its fragmented library system and establish shared administrative services in order to respond to the rapidly changing technological and intellectual landscape of the 21st century, according to a report released today (Nov. 12) by the Task Force on University Libraries.The report detailed how the University’s system, which now includes 73 libraries, has grown organically over three centuries. It found that while distributed decision-making contributed to the development of Harvard’s collections, it also created myriad technological and operational obstacles that are straining library resources.“The Harvard library structure is unique among great universities for its degree of decentralization and its often internally incompatible modes of operation,’’ the Task Force reported. “Perpetuation of the current administrative structure promises to hold the University captive to frozen accidents of history, rather than facilitating the development of new strengths and fostering an agile organization for the 21st century.’’In releasing the report, Provost Steven Hyman underscored the importance of realigning the libraries’ resources toward a model that emphasizes access to scholarly materials over the aggressive acquisition of widely available resources.“The digital revolution has fundamentally changed the way human beings collect and disseminate information, and scholarship is increasingly crossing academic boundaries, opening new areas of research that require new resources,’’ Hyman said. “As we build upon Harvard’s outstanding collection, we must envision what the library of the 21st century should be and how it can best serve the University.”To carry out the Task Force’s recommendations, Hyman named an eight-member Implementation Work Group that will develop new funding and operating models for the library system. The panel will work with University and School leadership, Hyman said, “but members of the panel are duty-bound to leave their individual School or library affiliations at the door.” The panel will consult closely with library staff and existing library committees.“As a faculty member who relies on the resources and skilled staff of the libraries, I am gratified to be able to play a part in this effort to position Harvard’s library system for the future,’’ said David Lamberth, professor of theology and philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, who will chair the implementation. “Harvard’s collection is one of the world’s treasures, and our overarching goal must be to ensure that it continues to thrive for generations of scholars to come.”The other members of the group are:Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, FASRobert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor; Director of the Harvard University Library (HUL)John Haigh, Executive Dean, Harvard Kennedy SchoolMary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Knowledge and Library Services, HBSLeslie Kirwan, Dean of Administration and Finance, FASRichard Mills, Dean for Operations and Business Affairs, HMSJohn Palfrey, Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources and Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, HLSThe Task Force identified five areas of reform for the implementation panel to address. Its specific recommendations were:1. Establish and implement a shared administrative infrastructureThe current decentralized system “impedes nimble, effective, and fiscally responsible responses to 21st century challenges,’’ the report said as it recommended unifying information technology functions, preservation activities, and some acquisition and cataloging services.2. Rationalize and enhance information and technology systemsThe Task Force said that core systems must be standardized across the campus to enable Harvard libraries to better collaborate internally and externally. “This focus on systems improvement will not succeed, however, unless paired with changes in the model for decision-making and funding,’’ according to the report.3. Revamp the financial model for the Harvard librariesThe Task Force urged the University to re-evaluate the way it funds library materials, spaces and services, beginning with the financing of the Harvard Depository, which it said “combines disincentives to storing materials with procedures that punish the most generous providers of materials.’’4. Rationalize the system for acquiring, accessing and developing a “single university” collection.Currently, the library system places emphasis on building comprehensive collections by acquisition, but thanks to technological advances it matters less where materials are housed than it once did and researchers in many fields are increasingly opting for access to resources over ownership. Also, a centralized purchasing and licensing office would maximize the University’s negotiating position.5. Collaborate more ambitiously with peer institutionsHarvard’s information technology systems must be improved in order to operate more efficiently with other systems, with the goal of maximizing access to scholarly materials for faculty and students.To download a pdf of the Task Force Statement. To download a pdf of the Task Force Report.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving injury update: Celtics guard says shoulder will be fine after leaving Knicks game early

first_imgCeltics guard Kyrie Irving downplayed his shoulder injury after Boston topped the Knicks, 128-100 Thursday night.Irving left Thursday’s game with 3:34 remaining in the fourth quarter after tweaking his right shoulder on what he called a “weird play.” He sat on the bench with ice on his shoulder and didn’t return as the Celtics already had secured the victory.  Related News NBA wrap: Celtics back to ‘having fun’ again after fourth win in a row “It’s like I got caught up as I was trying to get the ball out and pass it to Marcus (Morris) for a 3,” Irving said, via NBC Sports. “It just caught me weird on my shoulder. So it’s probably an AC joint or something like that. I’m not diagnosing myself, I’m pretty sure. I saw the doctors afterward and they said AC joint or something going on there, but I’ll be alright.”Irving had a strong night as he scored a team-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting and went 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He added eight assists and four rebounds over 30 minutes. The Celtics fell 117-109 to the Knicks on Nov. 21, and Irving said after the game he was pleased with how Boston played this time around. “I think I said it at the last media session we had at practice [on Wednesday], just a lot different identity,” Irving said. “For us, just having a lot more fun, making sure we are paying attention to detail and making sure that we’re playing at a level that we all demand out of each other.”Boston has won four straight and the team holds a 14-10 record. The Celtics have a day off before facing the Bulls (5-20) on Saturday.last_img read more

Evolution: Demonstrated or Assumed?

first_imgMichael Behe wrote in The Edge of Evolution that Darwinists tend to forget the difference between what is assumed and what is demonstrated, and fall into the habit of attributing even the most elegant of biological features to evolution without demonstrating how it could be so (see quote, top right of this page).  Some examples are found in recent scientific papers and news reports.Knowledge is power of assumption:  Patrick Barry wrote for Science News about “energy-converting mitochondria or sunlight-absorbing chloroplasts, which are known to have evolved from ancient, independent-living bacteria that became incorporated into the cells.”Child’s play:  Since infants prefer Good Samaritans, this trait must have evolved, said Science Daily: “The presence of social evaluation so early in infancy suggests that assessing individuals by the nature of their interactions with others is central to processing the social world, both evolutionarily and developmentally,” the authors of a study proclaimed.Say it is so:  The author of a new book on vertebrate paleontology called Evolution In Action said this: “All creatures alive today are descended from a population of single-celled organisms that lived some billions of years ago.  Since the first animals appeared, millions of species have been born (the majority of which are now extinct), including our own, Homo sapiens.”  This was quoted authoritatively in Current Biology Dec 18, in a book review with the title, “No bones about it.”Scuttle fish:  Cuttlefish signalling can be quite elaborate, involving specialized light-emitting organs that display flashing lights in patterns.  Three scientists writing in Current Biology had an easy answer for where this ability came from: “Coleoid cephalopods, including cuttlefish, have a unique neurally controlled system for generating skin patterns, which evolved primarily for visual defence.”Columbine school:  Scott Hodges and Elena Kramer had a simple explanation for certain structures on columbines (a wildflower group): “What is unique about columbines, compared to their close relatives that have not gone through an adaptive radiation, is that they have evolved nectar spurs.”  The authors used the word evolution 10 times, never once explaining how it acted—only that it did; for instance, “Aquilegia’s flowers are also of particular utility and their features may help us to understand how novel morphological traits evolve….Developmental and genetic studies of these structures will help us understand how novelties evolve.”Evolution as goddess:  Did you know evolution can plan things and discover efficient ways of engineering codes?  A summary of the paper on RNA Polymerase II (see 12/17/2007, next entry) in Science Daily said this: “It would appear that, over the last 500 million years, other ways to produce highly complex organisms have evolved.  Evolution has simply found more efficient ways to use the genes already there.”Fly in the eye:  The following quote is notable for its admission that evidence is lacking for evolution, juxtaposed with certainty that it occurred.  David Weisblat, an expert on leeches at UC Berkeley, explained to Current Biology Dec 4 why leech study is important:The most compelling scientific justification for studying leech development is its relevance to understanding the evolution of animal body plans.  A priori, changes in animal body plans – morphology – must come about by changes, over the course of many millions of years, in the developmental processes by which they arise.  We now have a decent understanding of how a very few species, chiefly Drosophila, develop, but the ancestral species from which they evolved are by definition extinct, so we cannot make any retrospective comparisons.  Thinking prospectively, waiting to see significant morphological and underlying genomic/developmental changes is an exciting long-term possibility.  Unfortunately, that will require maintaining both human society and natural populations of the species of interest for the millions of years required for significant evolutionary changes to occur, a dicey proposition at best. Perhaps Jerry Coyne and Hopi Hoekstra explained best why evolutionists can get away with such assertions that assume evolution rather than demonstrate it.  In a recent article in Current Biology (Volume 17, Issue 23, 4 December 2007, pages R1014-R1016), they said, “Evolution is a contingent process, dependent on the vagaries of the environment, history, and whatever mutations happen to appear.  Consequently, there are few strict ‘laws’ of evolution; ours is instead a science of generalizations.”    Maybe evolution is whatever an evolutionist wants it to be.  Even the prior point was not conceded by some scientists at New York University; they said, according to a press release on EurekAlert, that evolution is deterministic, not random.  Whatever evolution is, it sure explains a lot.  Maybe an undefined term like “abracadabra” would do just as well.Charlietans, these Darwinists.  On the one hand they exclaim that evolution is the most clearly demonstrated scientific fact on Earth that only a fool (like a creationist) would deny.  Ask them for an example, and this is what you get: bald assertions that say little more than “it evolved because it evolved” or, “the way that it evolved is that it emerged millions of years ago, and after it arose, it evolved.”  If you love science, don’t let them get away with it.  Like Michael Jackson, they’re BAD (bald assertions of dogmatism).    For more Darwin-assuming groaners, see the 08/24/2007 entry, “Evolution Takes Credit.”(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Exporting File Bundles in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgWant to streamline your video editing deliverable process? FCPX gives you the option to export your project as a bundle, creating multiple files and versions with one export.If you find yourself having to create the same type of files when you export your Final Cut Pro X project, you could save a significant amount of time by bundling the export as one.Do you regularly create multiple versions of a project when you pass it off to a client for a deliverable? In Final Cut Pro X you can specify which files you often export and their corresponding specs (size, frame rate, code, etc). Then simply group these files together as a bundle. Once you save the bundle, you can choose that option when you export and FCPX will automatically create a new file for each of the versions you specified.In the following video tutorial, video production pro Ben Consoli shows how this export feature works in FCPX. Exporting files in one bundle will streamline your post-production delivery process!Looking for additional FCPX tips, tricks, and techniques? PremiumBeat’s Final Cut Pro X archive has you covered!last_img read more

WATCH: Simone Biles shares goofy video after wisdom teeth surgery

first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biles won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant A video shared by Simone Biles shows the Olympic gymnast was in no condition to compete while coming out of an anesthetic haze after surgery to have her wisdom teeth removed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBiles posted the video on Twitter on Thursday. She appears on a recovery room bed with gauze in her mouth yelling something incomprehensible and pretending to drive a car. Biles wrote that she hopes the 27-second clip makes people laugh.The 20-year-old Biles later added that the full video is 14 minutes long and “other parts are hilarious too!” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Tall order for Gilas as it eyes top spot in ‘group of death’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. uhm here it is, I honestly have no words! 😂 Enjoy!!!!! Hope it makes you laugh!!!!— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) July 27, 2017ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Superstorm Sandy fails to stall New York Marathon, run scheduled to go ahead as planned on Sunday

first_imgThe New York Marathon will go ahead as scheduled on Sunday despite the huge damages from Superstorm Sandy, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said.Marathon officials were proceeding as planned to stage the annual event that runs through all five boroughs of the largest city in America, but they were awaiting the final word from city officials regarding the staging of the race, reports Xinhua.Flooding and power outages remained a concern around the city and subway and other transit systems are still shut because of the damage caused by the superstorm.Mary Wittenberg, president of the New York Road Runners, said the organising group was set to hire private contractors to replace city workers who would typically handle such things as security and medical needs for the race.Meanwhile, Elite Kenyan runners supposed to participate in the marathon have delayed their departure, awaiting confirmation that it was safe for them to fly to New York.According to Athletics Kenya president Isaiah Kiplagat, the federation was awaiting communication from organisers after the city was ravaged by Sandy on Monday.”They are still around (in Nairobi) waiting to be told of their travelling plans and I can confirm none of them has left the country yet,” Kiplagat said.”We expect communication by Thursday so that we can be certain that our athletes will be safe. What happened there is very unfortunate and we understand the pain organisers are going through.”Berlin marathon champion Geoffrey Mutai said they were concerned about their chances of making it in time. “I have seen what happened there on television and it was a huge blow to the city. My colleagues left here (Eldoret) Tuesday but I understand their flights were held back.”advertisementlast_img read more

JPS and NWC to Continue Restoration Activities on the Weekend

first_imgThe island’s two major utility companies, the National Water Commission (NWC) and Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), will be continuing restoration activities over the weekend, in an effort to return water and electricity to customers, affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Vice President of the NWC, David Geddes, told JIS News today (Oct. 26), that  approximately 55 per cent ofproduction capacity is back in operation, about 150 water supply systems are still out of service. “The most critically affected areas without piped water supply (are) sections of Mona, Liguanea, Papine and other sections of St. Andrew and that is because of the absence of electrical power to transfer water from Mona to the Hope filter plant. Meanwhile, Communications Manager at JPS, Winsome Callum, said that the power company is nearing total restoration for all north and south-western parishes, but still faces difficulties in the eastern parishes. “Those would be St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann on the north-eastern end of the island because these four parishes lost total power supply as a result of damage to the transmission system. They expect that restoration activities will continue into the weekend,” she told JIS News. JPS continues to ask its customers for patience as it works to restore electricity to all parishes within the shortest time possible. By Vaughn Davis, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

EPOC Supports Government’s Management of Public Bodies Surpluses

first_img The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is supporting the proposed reintegration of public bodies generating significant financial surpluses into central Government.The move, which is slated to commence in July with three entities, is among nine new public sector transformation structural benchmarks contained in the revised Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies underpinning the administration’s precautionary Stand By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The initial shortlisted entities are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; and Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).Co-Chairman of EPOC, Keith Duncan, says it “makes a lot of sense” to reintegrate the entities, reroute their revenues into the Consolidated Fund and provide them with budgeted allocations for their operations.“It makes no sense for us to be carrying cash surpluses in so many entities and the Government (has to be) borrowing funds (from) other entities. So the move to integrate these public bodies where applicable or suitable is welcomed by the EPOC,” he added.He was speaking at EPOC’s quarterly media briefing at the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group’s head office in New Kingston on Friday, May 19.Meanwhile, Mr. Duncan advised that two of the new benchmarks will be monitored by EPOC.These, he said, are Cabinet submissions for a proposed crisis resolution framework, based on the outcomes of discussions contained in a Consultation Paper, by July 31, 2017; and proposed revision of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Act, in line with IMF recommendations, by August 31, 2017.Mr. Duncan also reiterated the importance of public sector transformation in supporting the Government’s growth agenda.“The drive to (attaining) an efficient public sector is of primary importance. Getting that wage to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) number down to nine per cent is very important to ensure that we have an efficient allocation of resources,” Mr. Duncan underscored.Meanwhile the EPOC Co-Chairman advised that another benchmark is on course for implementation this month.This, he indicated, is the institution of mechanisms to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the Securities Retail Repurchase Agreement.“These regulations require that retail repos be governed by a master retail repurchase agreement that is signed by both the dealer and the client. This is to be completed by May 31 and the Financial Services Commission has indicated that we are on track,” Mr. Duncan stated. The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) is supporting the proposed reintegration of public bodies generating significant financial surpluses into central Government. The move, which is slated to commence in July with three entities, is among nine new public sector transformation structural benchmarks contained in the revised Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies underpinning the administration’s precautionary Stand By Agreement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Story Highlights The initial shortlisted entities are the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund; and Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).last_img read more

Toronto designer finds knockoffs of her clothes at ToysRUs

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook The onesie, by Montreal-based Novel Teez, was made in China with cotton and polyester and retails for $7.99. Meanwhile, the Bebe Fete romper is made in Canada with bamboo and cotton and sells for $59.95.CityNews confirmed on Tuesday the Novel Teez onesie was still for sale at a Toronto Toys”R”Us store. The retailer said it contacted its distributor for an explanation. A Toronto-based designer of a children’s streetwear line says Toys“R”Us is selling a knock-off of her creation.Ivy Chen said she and her business partner design the cheeky illustrations on Bebe Fete clothes for babies and toddlers.Chen said a friend tipped her off after seeing a onesie at a local Toys”R”Us which looked like one of her designs. After comparing the two products, Chen was certain it was. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more