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Political Button Exhibition now Open


Display of political buttons in the HKS library. Five display boxes contain political buttons on different themes. A bright poster in the shape of a political button hangs over the exhibit. The title reads, "Pinning your Hopes."

A selection of buttons from the Steven M. Rothstein  Political Buttons Collection is now on view in the Harvard Kennedy School Library. Located to the left of the circulation desk, the exhibition of buttons highlights female candidates, social justice causes and movements, and catty campaigns. Though the exhibit shows a fraction of the buttons in the collection, students and researchers interested in exploring the entire collection can find digital images of more than 1500 buttons in VIA.  The exhibit will be on view until November 10th.

Pinning Your Hopes: Political Button Exhibition & Reception 11/2 at 4:30


Pinning your Hopes: The Steven M. Rothstein Political Buttons Collection at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Library. The exhibit highlights selections from our recently digitized collection of political pins donated by Steven M. Rothstein. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the collection and light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:30-6:00

HKS Library, Ground Floor Littauer, 79 JFK St.


About the Collection: In 2012, Steven M. Rothstein generously donated his personal collection of over 1,500 campaign buttons to the Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services. This rich collection represents state, local and national U.S. political campaigns from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama as well as important ballot initiatives and social issues. In 2015 the library received a grant to digitize the collection from the Arcadia foundation as part of the Harvard Library’s Open Your Hidden Collections project. The entire collection is now accessible to classrooms and researchers through VIA.  Mr. Rothstein, an accomplished nonprofit administrator and leader, led Citizen Schools and the Perkins School for the Blind before becoming the Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Open Access Week 10/24-10/30


Libraries across the globe are celebrating Open Access (OA) Week, from October 24-October 30.

What is open access? It is a movement to make scholarship free and open for public use and consumption without digital restrictions. SPARC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting open access scholarship, has an excellent website that discusses open access and highlights new open access projects including open education resources (OERs) and open data.

Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, adopted an Open Access Policy in 2008. The Harvard Kennedy School followed suit with its own adoption of the HKS Open Access Policy in 2009. Harvard’s Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) maintains Harvard’s online digital repository for scholarship, DASH. The OSC administers the HOPE Fund, which provides limited funding to Harvard affiliated authors who publish in qualifying open access journals.  Visit DASH to view open access scholarship that has been authored by Harvard faculty, staff and students including the HKS Faculty Scholarship Series.

If you have questions about the HKS Open Access Policy, contact the HKS Library Liasion for the Office of Scholarly Communication, Senior Research & Knowledge Services Librarian, Valerie Weis.

Some additional OA sites and resources are listed below:

Open Access Week, Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication

Peter Suber’s MIT Press 2012 book, Open Access and 2016 book, Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002-2011 (Open access versions are linked from the MIT Press site). Peter Suber is the Director of Office of Scholarly Communications at Harvard.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Books

Open Textbook Library

Open Syllabus Project

Creative Commons License: Different license options for designating works authored by you as open access

HKS Library Guide, Beyond Harvard: Lists a number of open access resources in the Scholarly Articles and More section.



HKS Library Exit Poll


HKS Senior Research and Instruction Services Librarian Keely Wilczek is pictured here next to the HKS Library Exit Poll, now in place in our library. It was developed with the help of the User Research Center at Harvard Library to gather library user experience data. All are welcome to participate.

HKS Library Exit Poll


Please join us for our next Research Talk – Today at Noon


North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society

A Research Talk with Jieun Baek, Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Jieun Baek, Speaker

Tuesday, April 5th 12-1:30

HKS Library Commons (Pizza served)

Jieun recently finished her book, “North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society,” to be published by Yale University Press in the fall, 2016. She will talk about her research process, some of her findings, and share tips on the publishing process for first-time authors. She will also share exclusive photos and stories that were not able to make it to the book.

Finding Reliable Evidence Online – Upcoming workshops


In addition to individual and group research consultations to help you with your online research, we are happy to announce library workshops taking place this month:

Finding Reliable Evidence Online

When: March 8th from 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: Starr Auditorium

Why: Of course you know how to search online for data. But there are more efficient and less efficient ways to identify appropriate evidence, and there are more and less reliable sources. This session will improve your ability to structure an efficient search for appropriate and reliable evidence to inform policy analysis. Linda Rosen and Keely Wilczek from HKS Library & Knowledge Services will offer research guidance and an tour of top online resources.

Who: Public Policy Students – This workshop is designed specifically for API 505M: Fundamentals of Policy Analysis and Decision Making, a core course in the HKS Master in Public Policy program. No registration required.


UNABRIDGED: A Library Research Master Class

When: March 14th-17th (Spring Recess), Monday-Thursday: 1:00-4:30 + Friday optional bonus sessions

Where: Room B-30, Lamont Library

Why: Do you ever feel as though you’re seeing only part of the picture? This library master class offers you a chance to explore the full research lifecycle and set yourself up for a lifelong scholarly practice–making you a more effective, resourceful, and creative researcher. Skills covered include choosing the best database for a given research task, approaching unfamiliar interfaces with confidence and courage, optimizing your search strategies and more. Registration is required and is limited to 25 spaces. RSVP here.

Who: Graduate Students and Postdocs


Advanced Zotero workshop this Thursday at Lamont Library


Already using Zotero and curious about its advanced features and how others fit these into their workflows? Connect with Harvard Librarians and other researchers this Thursday at 3 p.m. in room B30 of Lamont Library. Registration is required. For more information and to register see the event on the Harvard Library Calendar.

We will resume Zotero workshops at HKS Library on Friday, January 29thIf you are unable to attend any of our workshops, please e-mail to make individual or group appointments. You can also get started by using Zotero: A How-To Guide.



HKS Library Research Talk: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at noon in HKS Library!


HKS Library & Knowledge Services presents:
A Research Talk with Dr. Eugene Kogan, Director of Harvard’s American Secretaries of State Project:
“Coercive Negotiation: Re-visiting Ukraine’s Decision to Give Up Nuclear Weapons”
The U.S.-Russia-Ukraine relationship gained prominence in the last year and a half with Russian annexation of Crimea, but it is important to place this strategic interaction in a historical perspective.  In 1994, the United States and Russia worked hand-in-hand in persuading Ukraine to give up its Soviet-era nuclear weapons.  In return, Ukraine received economic assistance and a pledge — the Budapest Memorandum of December 1994 — that its territorial integrity would be respected.  Revisiting this case is timely and important.  First, it is an excellent case study of how a country can be persuaded to relinquish the nuclear weapons it possesses.  Second, the record should be set straight about what the Budapest Memorandum promised, what it did not, and whether Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of Eastern Ukraine violated the pledges contained in that document.

When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 12-1:30 PM
Where: HKS Library Commons (Pizza served)

About the Speaker: Dr. Kogan is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University.  Dr. Kogan is working on a book on nuclear negotiations based on his doctoral thesis, which was awarded Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s 2014 Raiffa Award for the Best Student Doctoral Paper.


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Try These 3 New Resources


Thank you to all who attended our 2015 Fall Open House. Here are the 3 new resources we highlighted:

voxgov Find out who in US government is saying what and when on any subject throughout all phases of the political, legislative and regulatory process. Data includes press releases, newsletters, bulletins, speeches, statements, Legislation, Congressional Documents, and Twitter, Facebook and YouTube posts.
kanopy Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides access to over 26,000 films with broad and interdisciplinary content. The films are mostly documentaries, but Kanopy also includes classic and popular films in its portfolio. Kanopy is growing quickly as the service adds about 400 films each month. All films come with public performance rights, so group viewings at HKS and across Harvard are encouraged.
BrowZine The BrowZine app makes most online journals offered by the Harvard Library instantly available on one common newstand app or web interface, which you can customize to your interests. Get the free for your mobile device:  android  apple.Choose Harvard Library as your institution, and enter your HUID & Pin. A Web version is available at: note that not all the features are available on the Web version yet. More will be coming later this fall.

If you have questions about these or other resources, please don’t hesitate to Ask Us.

HKS Library Open House – September 23rd


We invite you to mingle with HKS Library staff while enjoying refreshments at our ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE on September 23rd from 2-4 p.m.

If you are new to HKS, you probably met one or more members of the HKS Library Research Team during orientation week. Come meet the entire staff including our Access Services Team, who are here to help you get your books and answer your questions at the front desk, our Online Course Materials Team, and Library Director. You will also learn more about HKS Library Services and have the chance to enter a drawing to win a prize.

The event will be held in our Library Commons, a popular study space for students early in the morning, before 8 a.m., and later in the evening, as it remains open two hours after the Main Library closes. Here you can also enjoy a selection of student photographs and Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) and Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA) posters. Many of the photographs on display in the Library Commons and throughout the Library were submitted by Tomás Insua, a second year MPA candidate and his wife Vicky Pizzini. Visit their blog, HALF OF US: Ten Months in Asia, to learn more.

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