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Systems and Planning




Information technology holds great promise for transforming the ways in which libraries support teaching and research in higher education. The Harvard Library, one of the greatest research libraries in the world, is actively engaged in developing a 21st-century library system by focusing on collaborative foundations and strategic objectives that are at once user-centered and aligned with the research and teaching mission of the University.

The Office for Information Systems (OIS) plays a key role in this process by developing and implementing effective and innovative systems that provide scholars and students with access to the world of knowledge and that advances research, teaching, and the creation of new knowledge for many decades to come. OIS collaborates with a wide variety of Harvard staff—including librarians, curators, technologists, students, faculty, and instructional technology staff—on innovative projects and strategic initiatives that aim to integrate technology services and digital catalogs and content into the fabric 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, and to teaching and scholarly communication in the digital information age.