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Mary Lee Kennedy Named Baker Library's Executive Director

Harvard Business School (HBS) Dean Kim Bryce Clark has announced the appointment of Mary Lee Kennedy as executive director of the Business School's Baker Library. Kennedy brings significant experience in information and knowledge management to Baker. Most recently, she was director of Microsoft's Knowledge Network Group, where she oversaw an organization of 100 people focused on managing Microsoft's intranet, corporate and research portals, and other tools for employees to access, exchange, and use information. Her appointment was effective on September 15.

"I'm meeting with every single member of the Baker staff right now," Kennedy notes, "and I'm very impressed with their energy, commitment, and desire to do great things." Kennedy has led information and research services in several corporate settings and managed portal, intranet, library, archival, corporate memory, and museum services internationally. She will be working to continue enhancing the central role that Baker Library plays in the intellectual life of the HBS community.

According to Kennedy, "The Business School faculty is a great marriage between academics and business. It's a very business-centric model. When the library building reopens as the Baker Library/Academic Center, its new configuration will lead to joint programming with faculty that will really bring information to life."

Kennedy earned her bachelor of arts cum laude in social psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada, and her master's in library science (with honors) at Louisiana State University.

"Our biggest challenge," Kennedy states, "will be to align ourselves closely with the strategic directions of the Business School and the major commitments of the Harvard libraries to ensure that our focus brings the greatest value."

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