Handbook for Librarians & Professional and Administrative Staff in the Harvard University Library

The Organization of the University Library

The Harvard University Library (HUL) Administration

The Pforzheimer University Professor serves as the Director of the University Library and has an important role in interpreting the functions and programs of the Library to the President and the Corporation. The Director represents the Library to external national and international organizations and coordinates Library activities. Through a number of administrative mechanisms, the Director provides oversight and advice, fosters cooperation, and coordinates policy-making and planning among the units of the library system.

Under the Director, the Harvard University Library Administration consists of a number of departments with Library-wide responsibilities. These include the Office for Information Systems (OIS); Harvard University Archives and the records management office; the Harvard Depository in Southboro, Massachusetts; the Weissman Preservation Center; the Publications Office; the Office for Cooperative Cataloging Programs, including CONSER; and the administrative staff in Wadsworth House.

These members of the HUL Administration offer assistance in their areas of expertise to other librarians throughout the system. For example, the Associate Director for OIS manages the Harvard On-Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and the Library Digital Initiative (LDI). The Assistant Director for Research Resources edits specialized HUL research publications and may advise individual librarians on publications projects. The Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian coordinates multi-library preservation programs and oversees preservation funding proposals submitted to national and other agencies. The University Personnel Librarian serves as chief personnel officer for the central University Library Departments and is a University-wide resource and contact person on career development and employment opportunities within the library system.

Last modified on Thursday, April 18, 2002.