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A Note from the Library Leadership Team: Draft Mission Statement

March 19, 2013


Dear colleagues,


The Library Leadership Team (LLT) was formed in December 2012 to work on a multi-year plan based on shared Harvard Library strategic objectives. As one of its first tasks, in order to establish a set of shared strategic objectives, the LLT developed a draft mission statement that exemplifies what we can uniquely achieve together in advancing research, teaching and learning at Harvard. Given this, the LLT invites library staff members to provide input to the draft Harvard Library mission statement.


The mission statement is meant to communicate the unique purpose of what we accomplish together as the Harvard Library in the context of our community's academic endeavors. With that intent, the LLT proposes the following mission statement:


The Harvard Library advances excellence in scholarship by opening the world of knowledge to our communities.


We achieve our mission with a focus on:


Discovery: We enable access to Harvard's extraordinary collections and to materials around the world.


Collaboration: We proactively partner across the Harvard community and beyond, to create information-rich research, teaching and learning environments.


Innovation: We pursue thought leadership in delivering/creating value in the evolving higher education landscape.


Curation, Stewardship and Content: We strategically build and maintain world-class collections that fuel breakthrough thinking. 


Your suggestions and comments on the draft mission statement are welcomed. Please plan to attend a session led by members of the Library Leadership Team (LLT)—a schedule of sessions is noted below. Some Schools will hold sessions within their own libraries. Or, if you prefer, please post your comments to the discussion forum or send them to


Library Draft Mission Statement Review Sessions


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


March 22


Led by Susan Fliss, Douglas Gragg, Sue Kriegsman


March 25


Led by Matthew Sheehy, Tracey Robinson, Deb Wallace


March 25


Led by Franziska Frey, David Osterbur, Ann Whiteside


March 26 (This session will focus on special collections.)


Led by Marilyn Dunn, Franziska Frey, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff


March 26


Led by Leslie Donnell, Lynne Schmelz, Mark Shelton, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff


March 27


Led by Dan Hazen, Lisa Schwallie, Suzanne Wones


March 27


Led by John Collins, Helen Shenton, Scott Wicks


(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 also share and seek feedback on draft strategic objectives. Based on these conversations with you about the mission and the 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, Head Librarian, 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