Bette A. Viano joined the Harvard University Library (HUL) as Assistant Director for Human Resources on April 24. “Bette will be a wonderful addition to the University Library,” said Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library.

Bette’s appointment follows an extensive search process involving staff from the Harvard University Library, the Harvard College Library, and members of the University Library Council. “We are grateful to the search committee for helping to bring an exceptional candidate to the post,” said Professor Verba.

Bette will be responsible for all aspects of HR services for the HUL programs including recruitment and hiring; compliance and benefits; as well as development and training issues. She will also represent HUL among the HR Directors—a University group of senior HR specialists in each faculty and central administration department. Bette succeeds Malcolm Hamilton, who served as University Personnel Librarian since 1985. Malcolm was recently appointed Interim Librarian at the Andover–Harvard Theological Library. He continues his ombudsman and other advisory and institutional research roles for the University Library.

Barbara Graham, Associate Director in the Harvard University Library for Administration and Programs notes, “Bette’s experience both at the University and outside will be invaluable to HUL and to the Harvard libraries. I look forward to having her join our management team.”

Ms. Viano has been employed at Harvard for over seven years and comes to HUL from the Harvard Law School where she was Assistant Director for Human Resources serving 500 administrators, faculty, and staff. In this capacity she advised on complex workplace issues and problem resolution. She also was responsible for HR issues in the Law School Library, between 1994 and 1996, where she worked directly with library staff and became familiar with many library-related issues. She designed, implemented, and managed the Law School Technology Training Initiative. In addition, she developed strategic recruitment programs for 18 departments in competitive fields, including the library and information technology departments. During this time Bette also served on a University-wide committee on recruitment.

Earlier at Harvard, she held the position of Human Resources Consultant at the Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation where she was the facilitator of a management task force that developed an innovative team-based performance management process and a variable pay program. Ms.Viano also has extensive human resource management experience in the private sector. At the Shawmut Bank, she was a Division Manager for HR, and at PB Diagnostic, she served as a corporate compensation and benefits manager.

Ms Viano holds an M.B.A from Simmons College Graduate School of Management, a B.A. in English from Boston College, in addition to certificates for professional training in organizational development, technical recruiting, and regulatory environment for compensation.


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