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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Library Dog You Can Check Out

Transcript - the automatic captions are pretty close, but not perfect, so I've made a transcript.

[high pitched sqeaking noise] Cooper comes to the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays because he is our resident therapy dog. He's trained to go to Alzheimer's units and to schools to work with autistic kids. Lots of people from all around campus, not just HMS [Harvard Medical School], come out of their way, take the M2 shuttle to come and see him. Actually it's just like checking out a book at the library. So you come up to the circulation desk and you give your Harvard ID and we take out a card that actually has a barcode that represents Cooper in the library catalog. And we scan it and you get 30 minutes of Cooper.

Let's go to Hollis. [At a computer, the librarian searches the catalog for Cooper] And he comes up Cooper, therapy dog, an object. If you click on it, you can see that all the information about him like he's a Shih Tzu. He's one dog with dark brown, ash, and white hair. He's 15 pounds. His full name is Cooper Anderson. His nickname is Crimson Cooper. And then all the information about him like he enjoys spending time with people.

He's very well behaved. He does whatever you want him to do. Actually without your telling him, he knows what to do. [indistinct] He relieves a lot of stress and he's really fun to play with.  His mom is a [indistinct] faculty member and she heard that Yale had a library dog. She said well if Yale has a therapy dog, then Harvard needs a therapy dog.

View the Library Catalog record for Cooper here.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stolen Futures

I've recently become a fan of Downton Abbey, so I was very pleased to see Jim Carter, who plays the butler, Mr. Carson on the show, featured in this video supporting deaf education.

If you are a British citizen or resident in the UK, you are eligible to sign the petition to stop cuts in services. Read the petition, started by the National Deaf Children's Society, at this link.