May 3, 2000
Lamont Library Forum Room
Provost Harvey Fineberg opens meeting
Scott Britton: Lamont Library and Chair of the Assembly Executive Committee
Introduction of Committee Members-at-Large
Amy Kautzman (Vice-Chair), HCL-Social Sciences Program
Ellen Isenstein, Kennedy School of Government
Ken Carpenter, Widener Library
Jan Voogd, HCL-Social Sciences Program
Judi Beland, Countway Library
Executive Committee Report
Standing Committee Reports
Chair, Emily Moss, Tozzer Library
Communication and Orientation Committee
Co-Chair, Laura Farewell Blake, Widener Library
Co-Chair, Phyllis Askey, Law Library
Professional Development Committee
Chair, Betsy Eggleston, Widener Library
Rights and Responsibilities Committee
Chair, Lynn Shirey, Widener Library
Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
Discussion: Harvard Librarians and Professional Identity in the Digital World
Lynda Kresge, Database Management Team Leader, Harvard College Library
Judy Messerle, Librarian, Countway Library
Tom Michalak, Executive Director, Baker Library
(Tom was replaced by: Melissa Shaffer, Director of Baker Library Information Technology and Product Manager for HBS Working Knowledge)
William Stoneman, Librarian, Houghton Library
Suggested topics to be discussed include:
1. Spirit of Place: How powerful is this force in determining our identity? To what extent do the buildings in which we work define us?
2. History and Tradition: As technology continues to transform the world of library science, what intangibles do we save, and what do we jettison? What should we bring with us into the future? What can we let go?
3. Path of Least Resistance: What is worth fighting for? What trade-offs will we make?
4. Coming Together: The users of the library, thanks in large part to HOLLIS, see this as a unified library system. Are we librarians of Harvard, a faculty, a department, a function?
5. Moving Apart: Collections and staff have always been decentralized. But where do librarians fit in when staff, users and collections may all be off campus?
6. A Degree of Identity: The term librarian increasingly includes specialists who do not necessarily have an MLS or identify with librarianship. Can we maintain an identity when specialization has progressed to a point that one librarian does not necessarily understand in some basic way the work of other librarians?
Provost Harvey Fineberg closes meeting