The 2023 HILT Conference comes at a pivotal time when artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly discussed and experimented with in higher education. AI holds immense potential to enhance personalized learning experiences, automate administrative tasks, and provide data-driven insights to improve educational outcomes. However, its deployment also raises important questions and challenges. It is crucial to address concerns related to privacy, bias, transparency, disinformation, and the impact on human agency and social dynamics within educational settings. Together, we will explore how AI can be designed, implemented, and governed in a way that prioritizes human relationships and connection in education. By considering the ethical and social implications, as well as the affordances, we aim to shape a future where generative AI tools are used to empower learners, support educators, foster inclusivity, and promote a holistic approach to education.
Catherine Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, worked with Schlesinger Research Librarian Amanda Strauss this semester to design a session for her freshman seminar on Christianity and slavery: “When I arrived for our meeting, there was a table full of materials for me to look at—Amanda did so much work.”
The Biblioteca Berenson is the library of Villa I Tatti – The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies,one of the world's leading institutions for advanced research in all aspects of late-medieval and early modern Italy. The research center and library are located in Florence, Italy.
The Harvard University Archives is the oldest and one of the largest institutional academic archives in the nation. The Harvard University Archives collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to a comprehensive record of more than 375 years of life at Harvard. From 17th and 18th century diaries and scientific observations to 21st century web sites, the Harvard University Archives' collections comprise over 51,000 feet of University records and related historical materials.
The collection contains reports of various types; records of various hospital departments; institutional reports; printed material; newsprints; oral history tapes; framed and loose photographs; scrap books; patient registers; memorabilia; archival material relating to the establishment of the hospital.
An Alliance of the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical School, the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, one of the largest medical libraries in the world, serves the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Library and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
The library provides and maintains a collection of approximately 4500 volumes and 250 journals. The collection has traditionally specialized in materials related to National Defense and International Security research, but has recently expanded into Science, Technology and Public Policy research and Environmental Studies.
Harvard Kennedy School Library and Knowledge Services supports the research, scholarship and curricular needs of its current faculty, students and staff. The Library also supports the greater Harvard community and the community of practitioners and researchers around the world who are interested in subjects of or related to public policy and international affairs.
The Frances Loeb Library, reflecting the transdisciplinary view of the Graduate School of Design, provides resources and services in an environment that inspires inquiry, innovation and collaboration for the advancement of design. The library ensures the development, use and preservation of its unique collections, and, as part of Harvard University, fosters partnerships to support new initiatives, advance teaching, and enhance research.
The mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections.
Gutman Library holds an extensive collection of scholarly works published in the English language in the broad fields of education, educational psychology and human development. Collection strengths include educational policy and planning, educational leadership, educational innovations, pedagogy, elementary and secondary education, higher education, teachers and teaching, school organization and the history of education.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library provides access to and guidance in the use of scholarly resources for the teaching and research activities of Harvard Divinity School and the wider University. By delivering exceptional services, the library seeks to meet and anticipate changing scholarly needs. The library cultivates a welcoming, user-oriented environment for teaching, learning, and collaboration among students, scholars, and librarians, and strives to remain a source of world-class collections for the study of religion.
"The John G. Wolbach Library combines the collections of the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Library and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Library, forming one of the world’s preeminent astronomical collections. The joint collection is known as the John G. Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Our current and future priorities are to:
- Increase collaboration opportunities with the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) with special focus on outreach, training, data curation, discovery services and digitization.
- Retool librarians and graduate students in data science to enable new forms of data discovery, sharing and publication.
- Create the library of the future by using the Wolbach Library space as a sandbox for the latest information technology innovations with the goal of enhancing research activity at the Center for Astrophysics.
- Promote open science in astrophysics community through outreach and training programs."
The Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States. It also presents an ongoing series of public screenings of classic and contemporary cinema.
The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, which includes the Rare Book Collection and Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and Garden and Landscape studies.