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A Note from the Library Leadership Team: Draft Harvard Library Strategic Objectives

April 2, 2013


Dear colleagues,


To follow the rich discussions we had on the draft Harvard Library mission statement, the Library Leadership Team (LLT) prepared draft Harvard Library strategic objectives. We welcome input from library staff members on the four draft objectives noted below, and we invite suggestions on a fifth strategic objective on library staff professional development.


Our goal is to develop strategic objectives that specify what we accomplish best together in achieving the Harvard Library mission. Each objective connects to at least one of the specific foci of the mission statement.


Draft Harvard Library Strategic Objectives


Implementing a Harvard Library collection development policy in support of University-wide research, teaching and learning for today and the future.


Providing the broadest possible access to information (Harvard-created and other) through deliberate networks of expertise, information technology and global collaborations.


Delivering innovative and programmatic support for learning and research in partnership with faculty and other research and pedagogical support organizations.


Stewarding vulnerable and critical research information in partnership with academic and administrative functions across the University and beyond.


Additionally, we invite your thoughts on what to include in a fifth strategic objective on professional development. What approach might the Library take to ensure that current staff members have the means, knowledge and opportunity to achieve the strategic objectives and the mission of the Harvard Library?


Please plan to attend a session held by members of the LLT—a schedule of sessions is noted below. Or, if you prefer, please post your comments to the discussion forum or send them to



Library Draft Strategic Objectives Discussion Sessions


Each session will be held in Room 021, 90 Mt. Auburn Street.


April 5


Led by Douglas Gragg, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff


April 8


Led by Leslie Donnell, Franziska Frey, Lynne Schmelz


April 9


Led by Helen Shenton, Ann Whiteside, Scott Wicks


April 9


Led by Jim Borron, Susan Fliss, Sue Kriegsman, Matthew Sheehy


April 10


Led by Marilyn Dunn, Tracey Robinson, Lisa Schwallie


(To call in to one of these sessions, dial (toll free) 866.890.3820 or (international toll free) 334.323.7229 and enter passcode 25031155#.)


In the coming weeks, we will share the revised mission statement and revised strategic objectives. Based on our conversations with you about the mission and strategic objectives, the LLT will develop a core set of joint FY14 initiatives.


Please contact any member of the LLT with questions.


Best regards,

The Library Leadership Team


Jim Borron, Senior Program Manager, HL

John Collins, Librarian and Member of the Faculty, GSE

Leslie Donnell, Director of Library and Knowledge Services, HKS

Marilyn Dunn, Executive Director of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe

Susan Fliss, Interim Librarian Harvard College, FAS

Franziska Frey, Head of Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging, HL

Douglas Gragg, Library Manager, HDS

Dan Hazen, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Collection Development, FAS

Mary Lee Kennedy, Senior Associate Provost, HL

Suzanne Kriegsman, Program Manager, OSC

David Osterbur, Director of Public and Access Services, HMS

Kira Poplowski, Director of Communications, HL/HPAC

Tracey Robinson, Managing Director of Library Technology Services, HUIT

Lynne Schmelz, Librarian for the Sciences, FAS

Lisa Schwallie, Chief Financial Officer, HL

Matthew Sheehy, Head of Access Services, HL

Helen Shenton, Executive Director, HL

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, University Archivist, UA

Debra Wallace, Executive Director of Knowledge and Library Services, HBS

Ann Whiteside, Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Resources, GSD

Scott Wicks, Head of Information and Technical Services, HL

Suzanne Wones, Executive Director, HLS