Systems and Planning
Information technology holds great promise for transforming how
libraries support teaching and research in higher education. The Harvard
University Library, one of the greatest research libraries in the
world, is actively engaged in a process to “develop a 21st-century
library system” by focusing on collaborative foundations and strategic
objectives that are user-centered and aligned with the research and
teaching mission of the University.
Beyond Harvard, OIS participates in strategic partnerships with
colleagues and organizations both nationally and internationally.
Through these collaborations, Harvard contributes to the development of
models, standards and infrastructure that are critical to the
advancement of research, teaching and scholarly communication in the
digital information age.