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Harvard Library Governance

Read about the Library’s governing organizations, including the Visiting Committee, Library Board, Faculty Advisory Council and Library Leadership Team.

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The Library Visiting Committee

Visiting Committee members are experts and Harvard alumni who are appointed by the Corporation. The Committee oversees the strategy and administration of the Harvard Library on behalf of the Overseers. Bi-annual visits and regular updates by the Office of the Provost provide an opportunity for Visiting Committee members to understand and advise on the Harvard Library’s progress.  


The Library Board

The Library Board is charged with reviewing the strategic plans of the Harvard Library and assessing its progress in meeting those plans, reviewing system-wide policies and standards and overseeing the progress of the central services. The provost chairs the Library Board (established in December 2010) and the Office of the Provost is responsible for overseeing the Harvard Library. The Harvard Library Board is composed of six permanent members and five rotating members who serve three years each, with their initial terms staggered. The permanent members are the provost, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and the deans or designees from the following Schools: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School. Serving in these positions are:

  • Robert Darnton, Pforzheimer Professor
  • Frances Frei, Harvard Business School
  • Alan Garber, Provost, Board Chair
  • Leslie Kirwan, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Katie Lapp, Harvard Executive Vice President
  • Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library (ex officio)
  • Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School
  • Isaac Kohane, Harvard Medical School

The rotating members consist of three at-large, tenured faculty members, as well as deans or designees from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Radcliffe Institute. Serving in these positions are:

  • TBD, At-Large Faculty Member for the Social Sciences
  • John T. Hamilton, At-Large Faculty Member for the Humanities (2013 – )
  • TBD, At-Large Faculty Member for the Natural Sciences
  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Graduate School of Design (2011 – )
  • Stuart Shieber, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (2011 – )


The Library Faculty Advisory Council

The Harvard Library Faculty Advisory Council was established in 2011 and brings together faculty from across the University. The Council advises the Library Board and the two groups meet together twice a year. This group meets monthly and members include:

  • Joseph Brain, School of Public Health
  • Janet Browne, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • William Clarke, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Kathleen Coleman, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Ed Eigen, Graduate School of Design
  • Jules Dienstag, Harvard Medical School
  • Alyssa Goodman, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Rajiv Lal, Harvard Business School
  • David Lamberth, Harvard Divinity School
  • Scott Podolsky, Harvard Medical School
  • Elio Raviola, Harvard Medical School
  • Julie Reuben, Graduate School of Education
  • James Rice, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Frans Spaepen, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • Dennis Yao, Harvard Business School


The Library Leadership Team

The Harvard Library Leadership Team is responsible for planning, prioritizing and implementing joint Library initiatives. The team works with the vice president for the Harvard Library to develop and implement Library-wide strategy and policy approved by the Board. Chaired by the vice president for the Harvard Library, the Team includes representatives from Harvard's schools and the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University Information Technology, the Office of Scholarly Communications and Harvard Library shared services,  finance, communications and program management. Members include:

  • Jim Borron, Harvard Library
  • Leslie Donnell, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Marilyn Dunn, Radcliffe Institute
  • Susan Fliss, Harvard College Library/Graduate School of Education
  • Franziska Frey, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging
  • Douglas Gragg, Harvard Divinity School
  • Dan Hazen, Harvard College Library/Harvard Library
  • Katie McGrath, Harvard College Library/Harvard Library
  • David Osterbur, Harvard Medical School
  • Kira Poplowski, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications/Harvard Library
  • Constance Rinaldo, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Tracey Robinson, Harvard University Information Technology
  • Martin Schreiner, Harvard College Library
  • Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, Harvard University Archives
  • Peter Suber, Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Sarah Thomas, Harvard Library/Harvard College Library
  • Debra Wallace, Harvard Business School
  • Ann Whiteside, Graduate School of Design
  • Scott Wicks, Information and Technical Services
  • Suzanne Wones, Harvard Law School
  • Martha Wooster, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences