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Harvard Library Governance External Oversight

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

 
 

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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 seven permanent members, the Deputy Provost and Library Vice President in an ex officio capacity and rotating members who serve three years each, with their initial terms staggered. The permanent members are the Provost; the Executive Vice President; 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:

  • Jeremy Bloxham, Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics; Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Alan Garber, Provost, Board Chair
  • Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President; Office of the President and Provost
  • Lisa M. Muto, Executive Dean for Administration; Harvard Medical School
  • Margaret E. Newell, Deputy Provost; Office of the President and Provost (ex officio)
  • Julie Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education; Harvard Graduate School of Education; Faculty of Arts and Sciences; chair, Faculty Advisory Council
  • Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian; Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (ex officio)
  • Dennis Yao, Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business Administration; Harvard Business School
  • Jonathan L. Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Library and Information Services; Harvard Law School

The rotating members consist of three at-large, tenured faculty members representing the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences, 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:

Deans/Designees:

  • Michael Grusby, Senior Vice Dean for Institutional Planning and Policy; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • John Haigh, Executive Dean; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy; John F. Kennedy School of Government (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • David Hempton, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity; John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity and Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies; Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies; Harvard Divinity School (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Jane Kamensky, Pforzheimer Faculty Director of the Schlesinger Library; Professor of History; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Paola Uccelli, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2017, 2018, 2019)

Faculty:

  • Daniel Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences; Chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2016, 2017, 2018); Representative from the Sciences
  • Intisar Rabb, Professor of Law; Professor of History; Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; Faculty Director of Islamic Legal Studies Program; Harvard Law School (2016, 2017, 2018); Representative from the Social Sciences
  • Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2016, 2017, 2018); Representative from the Humanities ~ On Sabbatical AY2017

 

Faculty Advisory Council to the Harvard Library

The Faculty Advisory Council to the Harvard Library 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. Members include:

  • Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor
  • Joseph Brain, Cecil K. and Philip Drinker Professor of Environmental Physiology; Harvard School of Public Health (AYs 2014 - 2017)
  • Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory; Graduate School of Design (AYs 2017 - 2019)
  • Steven Caton, Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2016 - 2018)
  • Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law; Harvard Law School (AYs 2016-2018)
  • David Elmer, Professor of the Classica; Affiliate of the Department of Comparative Literature; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2017-2019)
  • Josh Grindlay, Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2016 - 2018)
  • Vinothan N. Manoharan, Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2015 - 2017) ~ On Leave Fall 2017
  • Anne Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions; Harvard Divinity School (AYs 2016-2018)
  • Tom Nicholas, William J. Abernathy Professor of Business Administration; Harvard Business School (AYs 2015 - 2017)
  • Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2017-2019)
  • Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Affiliate of the Department of the History of Science; Director of Center for the History of Medicine; Harvard Medical School (AYs 2017 -2019)
  • Leah Price, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English Literature; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (AYs 2016 - 2018) ~ On Leave AY2017
  • Julie Reuben, Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education; Harvard Graduate School of Education; Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Chair)
  • Sarah E. Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library, University Librarian, and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (ex officio)

 

Harvard Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Harvard Library

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 provide an opportunity for Visiting Committee members to understand and advise on the Harvard Library’s progress. Members include:

  • Peter Baldwin; Professor of History; University of California at Los Angeles
  • Christine L. Borgman; Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies; University of California at Los Angeles (Chair)
  • Chris Bourg; Director of Libraries; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dan Cohen; Founding Executive Director; Digital Public Library of America
  • Yolanda Cooper; University Librarian; Emory University
  • Lorraine J. Haricombe; Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Deanna Lee; Carnegie Corporation of New York (Overseer)
  • Richard Ovenden; Bodley’s Librarian; Oxford University
  • Katherine Rowe; Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Smith College
  • Abby S. Rumsey; Historian and Writer
  • Karin A. Trainer; University Librarian; Princeton University
  • Lawrence Wilkinson; Chairman; Heminge and Condell
  • James F. Williams II; Dean of Libraries; University of Colorado at Boulder