September 4, 2002
Congratulations on Harvard's new HOLLIS system. The University Library has a great deal to celebrate today, given the smooth transition and the immediate success of Harvard's integrated library system.
The launch this summer of the new HOLLIS marks the culmination of years of research, planning, and large-scale collaboration. Hundreds of librarians and IT specialists across the University took part in this massive restructuring, and the effort that has gone into creating the new HOLLIS has yielded impressive results.
Harvard's library system once consisted of a number of buildings within individual faculties. Each library operated somewhat independently. If you wanted to find a resource, you first had to find the right building. Though these buildings are still very much a part of Harvard, HOLLIS has made it possible for our community to access materials from all of the schools, in all formats, including electronic resources.
Harvard University Libraries have always been an incredible resource. The new HOLLIS has made them even more valuable to Harvardand one of the greatest academic resources in the world. In an era when cooperation across parts of the University is essential to our success, the University Library is helping to show the way! This is a great day for the University!