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Harvard College Library-Report of Nancy M. Cline

Harvard College Library

Report of Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College


This year began with changes in leadership both within the University and the College Library. Within a month’s time, Harvard welcomed President Drew Faust, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith, and Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library Robert Darnton, all of whose positions affect the Harvard College Library. In addition, two key leadership positions within HCL were filled with the appointments of Rebecca Graham, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Preservation, Digitization, and Administrative Services, and Susan Fliss, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching, and Learning. So began a period of becoming acquainted, acclimating to new styles of leadership, sharing new ideas and visions, and devising ways to work together, all while the work of the Library—collecting; providing access; assisting students, faculty, and scholars from around the world; experimenting with relevant technologies; exploring the use of library spaces; assessing the needs of users—continued in ever-evolving ways. HCL joined the rest of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences units in the challenge to shape its programs and services to mesh with a new dean’s priorities, and across HCL there was a renewed commitment to our teaching and outreach programming.