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Harvard Library Standing Committees

Read about the Library's standing governance committees; staff members may find info on current activities from the standing committees on the Library's Governance Wiki, which can be accessed at this link with HUID and PIN.


Principles: The Committees will foster a culture of inclusiveness by encouraging the sharing of ideas at all levels, communicating openly about their activities, and facilitating collaboration and innovation wherever possible. The Committees will hold regular meetings, post public minutes, and appoint working groups as necessary to explore, implement, and assess these efforts. Members and chairs will serve two-year terms with staggered membership terms. Members will be selected from across the Harvard Library system according to the principles of representation set by the Library Leadership Team. These principles have been interpreted by the LLT as a starting point and as the work of Standing Committees may differ, co-chairs may use discretion in determining membership and will strive to be inclusive.


Access and Discovery Standing Committee

Purpose: To enable effective access to the world of knowledge and data through intuitive discovery, networks of expertise and global collaborations.

Charge: Reporting to the Harvard Library Leadership Team, the Committee will shape, coordinate, and recommend access and discovery systems and programs in alignment with Harvard Library priorities and user needs. The committee will conduct horizon scanning in the realm of search and discovery, metadata standards and trends, and explore opportunities for Harvard to implement innovative practices for our users.


  1. Implement enhanced discovery and delivery system.
  2. Begin investigation of a new library management platform.
  3. Understand and deliver digital objects.

Members include:

  • Tim Conant, Access Services Team Lead, Kennedy School Library
  • Bill Connor, Visual Resources Librarian, Fine Arts Library
  • Kathleen Donovan, co-chair, Research and Instruction Services Librarian, Gutman Library, Graduate School of Education
  • Vernica Downey, Metadata Librarian, Houghton Library
  • Michelle Durocher, Head of Metadata Management, Information and Technical Services
  • Emily Graham, scribe, Assistant Curator, Erns Mayr Library, Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Maggie Hale, Librarian for Collections Digitization, PCDI, Harvard Library
  • Laura Linard, Senior Director, Baker Special Collections, Baker Library, HBS
  • Colin Lukens, co-chair, Repository Manager, Office for Scholarly Communications, Harvard Library
  • Tracey Robinson, Managing Director, Library Technology Services, HUIT
  • Kathleen Sheehan, Reference Librarian, Academic Programs, Harvard College Library
  • George Taoultsides, Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services, Harvard Law School Library
  • Scott Wicks, Associate Librarian for the Information and Technical Services, ITS, Harvard Library


Collections and Content Development Standing Committee

Purpose: To support University-wide research, teaching and learning, now and in the future, by implementing and extending the Harvard Library’s collections and content development strategy.

Charge: Reporting to the Harvard Library Leadership Team, the Standing Committee will oversee the coordination and development of initiatives to support users’ collections and content needs, building upon the Harvard Library priorities outlined in the Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library, issued in 2013.


  1. The Towards a Collections and Content Development Strategic Plan for the Harvard Library, issued in May 2013, offers 14 recommendations for a more coherent, collaborative, and conscious Harvard-wide approach to collections and content. Reviewing, updating, and implementing these recommendations comprise a core goal for the Standing Committee.
  2. The Standing Committee will continuously monitor the environments of higher education and research libraries, scholarly communication and the information marketplace, and Harvard programs and needs in order to refine and update an inclusive, flexible, and forward-looking Strategic Plan for Collections and Content Development. This process will entail broad consultation with user constituencies, the library community, and school and university administrators.
  3. Collections and content development across the Harvard Library remains the primary responsibility of each local unit. The Standing Committee will work with local collection development units to provide guidance on system-wide shared principles and procedures. As appropriate, the Standing Committee will propose policy statements to the Library Leadership Team in order to accomplish this goal.
  4. The Library’s immense strength in the realm of collections and content reflects both local activities and system-wide initiatives. The Standing Committee will publicize, build upon, and otherwise ensure that all of our communities of practitioners and user constituencies participate fully in this endeavor. This will specifically entail communications and liaison work with disciplinary groupings, interdisciplinary scholars, and programs and schools.

Members include:

  • Leslie Donnell, co-chair, Director of Library and Knowledge Services, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Eliz Kirk, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard Library
  • Juliana Kuipers, Collection Development Curator/Archivist, Harvard University Archives
  • Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development in the Cabot Science Library, Cabot Library, Harvard College Library
  • Rebecca Martin, Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Gutman Library, Graduate School of Education
  • Laura Morse, Director, Library Systems, Library Technology Services, HUIT
  • Elke Piontek, Manager, Information and Technical Services, Harvard Library
  • J. Bridget Reischer, Collection Development Librarian, Harvard Law School
  • Lynn Shirey, Librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Widener Library, Harvard College Library
  • Matthew Sullivan, scribe, Librarian for Collection Development and Planning, Widener Library, Harvard College Library
  • Lidia Uziel, co-chair, Head, Western Languages, Widener Library, Harvard College Library
  • Shalimar White, Librarian and Collection Development Librarian, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library


Professional Development Standing Committee ~ currently on hold


Research, Teaching and Learning Standing Committee

Purpose: To enable faculty, students and our broader community to excel in their scholarly pursuits, the RTL Standing Committee coordinates and develops the capabilities needed to position our expertise and resources in learning, teaching and research.

Charge: Reporting to the Harvard Library Leadership Team, and working with each School library and other library units, faculty, students, and colleagues in research and pedagogical support organizations throughout the University, the Standing Committee will coordinate, develop and assess programmatic, user-centric and future oriented support for learning, teaching and research in alignment with Harvard Library and School priorities, and user needs.


In partnership with the relevant Standing Committees and Councils, the Committee will work toward the following goals derived from the FY15 Strategic Library Priorities and Projects:

  1. With each School library and other library units, assess the RTL needs of library users and identify common areas of need. Based on the RTL common areas, plan, implement and assess programs or coordinated activities that build staff and library user knowledge, skills and experiences.
  2. Study user experience and apply what is learned to our tools, services and programs.
  3. Increase faculty and graduate student understanding of the information environment they work in and the strategies, tools and technologies to navigate the environment (scholarly communication, research lifecycle, visualization, digital arts and humanities, etc.)
  4. Develop a Harvard Library system-wide research, teaching and learning network.

Members include:

  • Danielle Adams, Research, Teaching and Learning Project Manager, Harvard Library
  • Claire DeMarco, Research Librarian and Student Services Coordinator, Harvard Law School
  • Kate Donovan, Associate Director of Public Services, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
  • Maura Ferrarini, Learning and Assessment Designer, Harvard Library
  • Ron Lacey, scribe, Staff Assistant, Cabot Science Library, Harvard College Library
  • Denise O’Malley, Access Services Coordinator, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library
  • Linda Rosen, co-chair, Manager of Research and Knowledge Services, Kennedy School Library
  • Ellen Shea, Head of Research Services, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Randy Stern, Director, Systems Development, Library Technology Services, HUIT
  • Anu Vedantham, Director of Learning and Teaching Services, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Laura Wood, Associate University Librarian for Research and Education, Harvard Library
  • Ning Zou, co-chair, Learning Design and Research Librarian, Gutman Library, Graduate School of Education


Stewardship Standing Committee

Purpose: To steward vulnerable and critical research information in partnership with academic and administrative functions across the University and beyond.

Charge: Reporting to the Library Leadership Team, the Stewardship Standing Committee shapes, develops and harmonizes the agenda and action items necessary to steward vulnerable and critical research information in all formats. Action items may be carried out, as appropriate, by members of the committee and/or working teams or other related or joint-committee groups.

For the purposes of this Standing Committee, stewardship embodies the responsible planning for and management of research information and embraces the entire life cycle of this research information. Research information is defined broadly as material, in any format, that is used by library patrons for research purposes in general, special, and archives collections.

Attending to the life cycle of research information includes the following activities: planning; collection, creation, receipt, and capture; organization; use and dissemination; maintenance, storage, protection, and preservation (to remain useful and available over time); disposition; and evaluation (of policies and practices).

The work of the Standing Committee addresses the careful and responsible management of research information. The Standing Committee recognizes that this approach to the management of research information crosses all functional areas of the Harvard Library. To ensure success in meeting the goal of the stewardship strategic initiative, the Standing Committee seeks advice and participation from all functional areas of the Harvard Library.

Goals (short-term)

  1. Evaluate and follow through, as appropriate, on numerous projects underway that address issues such as digital forensics, email archiving, web archiving, preservation surveys, and digital and analog long- and short-term storage.

  2. Address, as appropriate, the related strategic priorities:

  3. (Strategic Priority 3) Open access: Ensure that Harvard University’s research information is managed in such a way that it can be shared using the principles of open access.

  4. (Strategic Priority 7) Plan for a strategic and coordinated Harvard Library-wide program for digitization and born-digital content.

  5. (Strategic Priority 9) Review Harvard Depository business model, implement alternatives to HD inventory control system.

    Goals (long-term)

  • Ensure that the Harvard Library has instilled across the libraries the responsible management of critical research information for constituents.

Members include:

  • Abigail Bordeaux, Manager, Library Projects, Library Technology Services, HUIT
  • Daina Bouquin, Head Librarian, Wolbach Library, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Ceilyn Boyd, co-chair, Research Data Program Manager, Harvard Library
  • Marilyn Dunn, Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library and Librarian of the Radcliffe Institute, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advance Study
  • Michelle Durocher, Head of Metadata Management, Information and Technical Services, Harvard Library
  • Franziska Frey, Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian, Associate Librarian for Preservation, Chief of Staff for Harvard Library
  • Andrea Goethals, Manager of Digital Preservation and Repository Services, Preservation Services, Harvard Library
  • Ginny Hunt, co-chair, Associate University Archivist for Collection Development and Records Management Services, Harvard University Archives
  • Maureen Jennings, scribe, Head of Special Collections, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
  • Kuniko McVey, Librarian for Japanese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard College Library
  • Ann Whiteside, Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services, Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design




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