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veritas Harvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1323 January 2005

  David Ackerman  

Dan Hazen

  David Ackerman  

Marilyn Wood


HCL Names Marilyn Wood, Dan Hazen to New Associate Librarian Positions

Dan Hazen and Marilyn Wood have been named to two newly created positions within the Harvard College Library (HCL) administration.

"With Jeffrey Horrell's plans to leave Harvard to head Dartmouth's libraries, we looked closely at the growing range of responsibilities he has been handling as the associate librarian for collections. After careful consideration of the diverse scope of these responsibilities and of the various programs that have changed or expanded during Jeff's tenure, and with consideration of emerging directions for HCL's extensive collections, we have made a decision to appoint an associate librarian for each of two primary areas of responsibility: collection development and collection management," said Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College.

Hazen will become associate librarian of Harvard College for collection development. He will be the primary administrator handling all issues relating to the development of collections, in all formats, across HCL. He will focus specifically on collection development, building on Horrell's efforts to strengthen and increase coordination among HCL units and academic departments to ensure effective selection and to reduce the likelihood of gaps in the collections, especially in cross-disciplinary topics. Hazen will develop appropriate policies and practices to guide the selecting, acquiring, and licensing of materials for the collections, in both traditional and digital formats, fostering a broad understanding of HCL collecting priorities.

Coordination with other libraries at Harvard will be a priority. In addition, Hazen will have direct responsibility in Widener for collection development and for three specialized area-studies programs: Judaica, Middle East, and Slavic.

Dan Hazen's career at Harvard began in 1990 as librarian for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal in Widener. He was appointed to succeed Barbara Halporn as the head of collection development in Widener earlier this year. Hazen has extensive experience in collection development and is frequently invited to publish, speak, and consult both in the US and abroad. He was a visiting program officer in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and was chosen to serve as the director of the ARL/AAU Global Resources Program from 2002 to 2004, stepping aside in order to devote full energies to his collection development responsibilities in Widener. He continues to serve as an informal advisor to some of the world's large research libraries, with a special interest in the development of collaborative collection programs. Hazen received his PhD in Latin American history from Yale and an MSLIS from Simmons. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell.

Marilyn Wood will become associate librarian of Harvard College for collection management. Wood will be the primary administrator handling all matters relating to the disposition of items acquired for and held in the collections across HCL. Wood's responsibilities will encompass user privileges, circulation, interlibrary lending and borrowing, serials, acquisitions, cataloging, reserves, New England Depository Library, and HCL's use of the Harvard Depository (HD). HCL now holds nearly 4 million volumes (including microformats) at HD, which requires the management of physically split collections for most of the major HCL libraries. As greater attention is placed on defining collections of record, reducing duplication, and balancing the tradeoffs between traditional and digital formats, online systems of access (HOLLIS, VIA, OASIS, Harvard Geospatial Library) take on increasing importance to ensure that users can reliably locate items regardless of location. A major priority will be to continue the investigation done to date regarding future directions in HCL technical services. Since many of the programs relating to collection management have a direct impact on library users, Wood will also take the lead in developing appropriate policies and practices, with special attention to achieving more consistency and effectiveness in HCL services.

Marilyn Wood's career at Harvard began in 1995 with her appointment as interlibrary loan librarian. With the added responsibility of oversight of HD transfer and linkage, she was promoted to librarian for information and document delivery services. In 2000, Wood became head of access services, managing one of the largest units in HCL with over 150 employees in six divisions: circulation, stacks, privileges and billing, serials services, interlibrary loan, and HD transfer. She serves on the JSTOR Paper Repository Task Force and works on the Hilles collection disposition advisory group. She has been active in HCL and HUL committees and has served as chair of the OCLC Interlibrary Loan Users' Group. Marilyn Wood holds both her BA and MLS from Indiana University.

In keeping with HCL practice, all the associate librarians will have HCL-wide responsibility in addition to handling specific sets of administrative responsibilities. Hazen and Wood now join current associate librarians Susan Lee and Lynda Leahy as active contributors to HCL's strategic planning.


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