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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:

  • Ronnie Broadfoot, Coordinator of Access Services, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
  • Bill Connor, Visual Resources Librarian, Fine Arts Library
  • Kathleen Donovan, Research and Instruction Services Librarian, Gutman Library
  • Vernica Downey, Metadata Librarian, Houghton Library
  • Michelle Durocher, Head of Metadata Management, Information and Technical Services
  • Emily Gustainis, Head, Collection Services, Countway Library
  • Maggie Hale, Librarian for Collections Digitization, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging
  • Robin McElheny, co-chair, Associate University Archivist for Collections and Public Services, Harvard University Archives
  • Laura Morse, Director, Library Systems, Harvard University Information Technology
  • Ken Peterson, co-chair, Director of Access Services, Access Services
  • George Taoultsides, Manager of Faculty Research and Scholarly Support Services, Harvard Law School Library
  • Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations


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:

  • Kim Dulin, Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, Harvard Law School Library
  • Marilyn Dunn, Executive Director of the Schlesinger Library and Librarian of the Radcliffe Institute
  • Betsy Eggleston, Director of Collections and Knowledge Management, Countway Library
  • Eliz Kirk, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard Library
  • Virginia Hunt, Associate University Archivist for Collection Development and Records Management Services, Harvard University Archives
  • Rebecca Martin, Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Gutman Library
  • Elke Piontek, Manager, Technical Services, ITS Serials
  • Lynne Schmelz, co-chair, Interim Director of Collection Strategies, Harvard College Library
  • Lynn Shirey, Librarian for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, Widener Library
  • Leila Smith, Associate Director of Collections Management and Resource Sharing Operations, Access Services
  • Shalimar White, Acting Librarian and Collection Development Librarian, Fine Arts Library
  • Ann Whiteside, co-chair, Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Resources, Frances Loeb Library
  • Scott Wicks, Associate Librarian for Information and Technical Services, Administration


Professional Development Standing Committee ~ currently on hold

Purpose: To support a robust professional development network in a learning organization for library staff to achieve the strategic initiatives and the mission of the Harvard Library.

Charge: Identifies professional development needs based on the evolving role of a library in the 21st century and the strategic objectives and short-term priorities of the community of libraries at Harvard. Based on feedback that will be solicited through direct input from staff and the perspective of committee members, the committee recommends to the Library Leadership Team specific programs that benefit the entire organization or large subsets of the organization. The committee oversees their implementation and evaluates their effectiveness. Individual professional development activities such as attendance at conferences, etc. continue to be driven through the manager-employee relationship.


  1. Increase awareness of current professional development opportunities.
  2. Establish a slate of broad development opportunities to be supported centrally.
  3. Create opportunities to share lessons learned from development work.
  4. Among all staff, develop a learning perspective at work.
  5. Gain clarity on professional development needs over the next 3 – 5 years.

Members include:

  • Katie McGrath, co-chair, Director of Administration and Finance, Administration
  • Sherrie Whang, co-chair, Director of Human Resource Services, Harvard Library


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, RTL Project Manager, Harvard Library
  • Susan Berstler, Technology Specialist for Libraries, Cabot Science Library
  • Leslie Donnell, co-chair, Director and Knowledge Services, Harvard Kennedy School Library
  • Renata Kalnins, Research Librarian, Andover-Harvard Theological Library
  • Reed Lowrie, co-chair, Manager, Reference and Information Services, Harvard College Library
  • Kris Markman, Online Learning Librarian, Administration
  • Barbara Meloni, Public Services Archivist, Harvard University Archives
  • Denise O’Malley, Access Services Supervisor, Fine Arts Library
  • Jeremy Rossen, Assistant Curator, Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library
  • Ellen Shea, Head of Research Services, Schlesinger Library
  • Hugh Truslow, Head, Social Sciences and Visualization, Harvard College Library
  • Anu Vedantham, Director of Learning and Teaching Services, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Ning Zou, Learning Design and Research Librarian, 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:
  • (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.
  • (Strategic Priority 7) Plan for a strategic and coordinated Harvard Library-wide program for digitization and born-digital content.
  • (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:

  • Brenda Bernier, co-chair, James Needham Chief Conservator and Head of Weissman Preservation Center, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging
  • Daina Bouquin, Acting Head Librarian, Wolbach Library
  • Sarah Demb, Senior Records Manager/Archivist, Harvard University Archives
  • Franziska Frey, Associate Librarian for Preservation, Harvard Library
  • Andrea Goethals, Manager of Digital Preservation and Repository Services, Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging
  • Maureen Jennings, Head of Special Collections, Andover-Harvard Theological Library
  • Ardys Kozbial, co-chair, Collections and Outreach Librarian, Frances Loeb Library
  • Laura Linard, Director, Baker Special Collections, Baker Library
  • Kuniko McVey, Librarian for Japanese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library
  • Tracey Robinson, Managing Director, Library Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology
  • Michael Rocke, Nicky Mariano Librarian, Director of the Biblioteca Berenson


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