Faculty Services

Valerie Weis, Research & Knowledge Services Librarian
Littauer Building, G-16

Research Consultations

Schedule a personal research consultation

  • Maximize your access to the print and online holdings of the Harvard Library and partner libraries
  • Keep up to date with new scholarship
  • Manage citations and create bibliographies using Zotero
  • Discover the impact of your scholarship using scholarly metrics measures and altmetrics sites

Instruction Support

Help improve your students’ digital literacy skills

  • Invite an HKS librarian to conduct an in-class presentation on how to perform quality digital research (such as using peer review journals, assessing the quality and accuracy of information found on the web, effectively incorporating Google tools into your research process, locating datasets, etc.)
  • Request a research guide tailored to your course and/or assignments
  • Refer students to existing research guides in HKS subject areas
  • Encourage students to consult with HKS librarians on their research projects and term papers

Copyright and Publishing Consultations

HKS Library and Knowledge Services provides assistance to faculty on the following issues:

  • Copyright, fair use, licensing and permissions
  • Authors’ rights & publisher’s agreements
  • HKS Open Access Policy and university repository, DASH.
  • Publication strategies
  • Journal rankings, author rankings and altmetrics

The HKS Library serves as the administrator for the HKS Faculty Scholarship series in Harvard’s online repository, DASH. In 2009, HKS faculty adopted an Open Access Policy, which requires HKS faculty to deposit scholarly articles into DASH. In addition, the HKS Library accepts papers for inclusion in the HKS Associate Series from HKS fellows and other HKS research staff.

For more information see Copyright & Publishing Services offered by the HKS Library.

Promoting Faculty Publications

Virtual Book Tour

HKS Library’s Virtual Book Tour web site publicizes new books authored by HKS faculty members. The author discusses her new book during a five minute video interview that is posted on the web site along with links to the author’s HKS bio, the publisher’s web site for the book and the Harvard Library catalog record.

New virtual book tours are featured prominently on the HKS home page to maximize the number of hits on the faculty author’s Virtual Book Tour site. In addition, the video is promoted through our HKS YouTube channel and publicized on the Harvard Library calendar and listserv.

Faculty Book Display Shelf

Please notify us about your recently-published books or book chapters so that we may add these publications to the HKS Library collection. The HKS Library promotes new faculty books on a separate display near the entrance to the Library,and through our active Twitter feed.

Harvard Library Collections

Search HOLLIS+ to see if a book or journal is available at a Harvard Library. The standard period for faculty loans of Harvard books is a semester with the option to renew if no other patron has requested the book. Click “Request Item” to have item delivered to the HKS Library.

Scan and Deliver Article Delivery Service

Harvard faculty members may request a PDF scanned copy of an article from a print journal to be scanned if that journal is owned in print format only at Harvard Library. One book chapter per book may also be requested through this service. The number of requests may be subject to copyright restrictions.

To use the services, type the journal or book title into HOLLIS+. Select the item records and click on the locations & availability tab. Next, expand the item record and select the scan & deliver option next to the applicable journal volume or book title.

For more information see Scan and Deliver Article Delivery Service.

Research Assistant Cards

Faculty members may request up to three Harvard Library Research Assistant Cards for research assistants or and faculty assistants. The RA card allows a research assistant or faculty assistant to check out books from other Harvard University Libraries to the faculty member’s library account.

Faculty members are responsible for all activity and fines on their accounts.  Research and faculty assistants apply at the Widener Library Privileges Desk with a completed application form and the faculty member's signature.

For more information see Research Assistant Cards.

Collections outside of Harvard

Borrow Direct

Search Borrow Direct for books when all copies are checked out from Harvard Libraries or they are not owned by any Harvard Library. Borrow Direct enables Harvard University faculty, students, and staff to borrow books directly from the libraries of several IviesPlus library systems including: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

Books borrowed through this service arrive within four business days. Books may be borrowed for six weeks with the possibility of a six week renewal. For more information see Borrow Direct.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services

Use ILLIAD to submit interlibrary loan requests for materials outside of Harvard and have them delivered to the HKS Library, check the status of existing requests, and retrieve certain documents electronically. 

Walk In & Borrowing Privileges at Other IviesPlus Schools

Harvard faculty, students and staff may conduct research in libraries at several Ivies Plus in the United States through the Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing program. You may also check out books from participating libraries in person.

Each participating university has different rules about which on-campus libraries participate in the program. To participate, you must have your Harvard ID card and be able to show that you can login to your Borrow Direct account using your Harvard ID and pin. For more information see Borrow Direct on-site borrowing.

Purchase Requests

The HKS Library welcomes requests for new library materials, including books, journals and databases. To make a request, contact Linda Rosen, Manager of Research, Instruction, & Knowledge Services at leslie_donnell@hks.harvard.edu or 617 495-1304.