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Harvard College Library‚€”Report of Nancy M. Cline




This past year has been one of exciting change, and it signals an ambitious year ahead.

Among the agenda topics for the College Library:

  • to better understand our current and future base of users—their content needs, their service expectations, their methods of working with library resources;
  • to strengthen our financial base through seeking the strategic payout on maximum number of funds, carefully managing all forms of funds/income entrusted to HCL, realigning funds within HCL, ongoing development efforts, and planning for an active role in the next campaign;
  • to find ways to improve our collection development work and to reach to new areas of academic focus (e.g. South/Southeast Asia, Africa);
  • to better manage the complex range of collection formats, including digital, from the point of selection through their full life cycle, including preservation and conservation treatment;
  • to review work processes in order to achieve greater efficiencies, reduce backlogs, reduce ergonomic stress, and contribute to Harvard’s Green Initiative; and
  • to increase collaboration with faculty, IT and academic support units, other Harvard libraries, and external entities to provide the best possible range of resources and services to our various constituencies.