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Gutman Library

Report of John W. Collins III, Librarian


Report of John W. Collins III, Librarian—Harvard Graduate School of Education


The mission of the Monroe C. Gutman Library is to support the teaching and research of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) by providing access to information in the field of education, teaching the use of information resources, and supporting the collections, equipment, and staff in a manner ensuring that the library will remain a leader among education libraries.

We continue to work on developing a better understanding of the needs of our community and on building more effective partnerships to enhance our services and resources. We continue to strive to provide all staff with appropriate technologies, a supportive work environment, timely training, and other support that enables them to perform their responsibilities at the highest level. Opportunities for professional and personal growth play a key role in this support.


2006–2007 was a productive and rewarding year at the Monroe C. Gutman Library. Of most significance was the initiation, and completion, of the Harvard–Google Project at Gutman. For several months, Google staff, Harvard University Library Office for Information Systems staff, and staff from the project’s moving company worked with Gutman staff in successfully completing this important initiative. The level of activity involved has been quite remarkable and, happily, the project proceeded smoothly to completion, ahead of schedule. We were extremely impressed with the project management skills employed by Sue Kriegsman, Harvard–Google Project manager. She developed procedures, monitored workflow, trained staff, and staged the operation with remarkable results.

Other significant accomplishments this year included the filling of staff vacancies, allowing us to achieve a full staffing level for the first time in several years. We filled four vacant positions and saw the return of two staff members who had been out on disability leave. This improved morale and rounded out the library team, increasing productivity and providing opportunities to undertake new projects and challenges. We worked very hard in developing a new library web site, designing new programs and services in the library’s Writing Center, and contributing to HGSE’s Usable Knowledge web site, working closely with faculty and administrators on this major school-wide effort.

Gutman Library Research and Instruction librarians developed a new service for HGSE alumni/ae, providing alums with free online access to a number of education journals and databases. Following up on successful negotiations with EBSCO, HGSE alumni/ae can register through the Gutman web site to access these services. Several hundred alums have already taken advantage of this service and we expect the numbers to grow significantly in the future.

Other highlights include:

  • The establishment of a new endowment—the Sumner Milander Fund for the Arts. The endowment supports art exhibits in the Library.
  • The installation of several flat screen video monitors in the Library, and across our campus. The monitors display daily information relating to events, announcements, etc. and are managed by Gutman staff member Jan Still.

Gutman Librarian John Collins was appointed to the ERIC Steering Committee. “ERIC, the Education Resources Information Center, is an Internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the US Department of Education. The ERIC Steering Committee is an expert technical group that provides recommendations for implementing the ERIC mission.” Description from the web site.