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Freshman Parents, Librarians Meet at Lamont

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Librarian for the Sciences and Librarian of the Cabot and Tozzer Libraries Lynne Schmelz talks with parents during the annual Freshman Parents Reception.

October 23, 2009 – Parents of Harvard freshmen gathered in the Lamont Forum Room on Friday, October 23, for the Harvard College Library's Freshman Parents' Reception. Annually, the Friends of the Harvard College Library sponsor a reception to welcome and introduce parents to the library as part of the campus-wide Freshman Parents' Weekend.

The brunch reception gives parents a chance to meet librarians, learn about library programs, and discover how the library figures in their child's daily activities. Tours of Lamont and Widener allowed parents to see where their student may study and demonstrated the many resources available in the libraries.

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Interim Head of Research Services at Widener Library Laura Blake welcomed parents, gave an introduction to the Harvard College Library, and spoke about how the libraries factor into students' lives.

“Your sons and daughters and their educations are our highest priority,” Blake said, as she outlined the services HCL offers to students. “My colleagues and I work in partnership with the faculty to help them master research techniques and help them excel. We want to invite you to explore the libraries, because your student’s work is at the heart of our work.”

The reception is a project of the Friends of the Harvard College Library, which is open to staff members as well as general supporters. See the Friends of the Harvard College Library page on this site for additional information and the membership application.