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Michalak Steps Down at Baker

Harvard Business School (HBS) Dean Kim B. Clark announced on October 31 that Thomas Michalak will step down as executive director of Baker Library as of November 1. For the remainder of this academic year, Michalak will serve on a half-time basis as Baker's director of resource initiatives while continuing as director of the Harvard University Library's Hewlett Foundation-funded Open Collections Program.

In making his announcement to the Business School community, Clark stated, "Those of you who have been at the School for any time know Tom, and appreciate the tremendous work he and his team have done enriching the general and historical collections, bringing information technology and electronic products to library patrons, launching Working Knowledge, and planning for and designing the new library and its services. He truly has enhanced the central role the Library plays in the intellectual life of the HBS community."

Melissa Shaffer, Baker's deputy director, will serve as acting executive director while HBS conducts a search for a new executive director. Shaffer came to Baker in May 1997 and has led the library's efforts to deliver business information and electronic products through Internet-based technologies.

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