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veritasHarvard University Library Notes, For Harvard Library Staff, Number 1339 September 2007

Harvard University Library Notes / September 2007 / No. 1339

HCL Hosts Weeklong Institute for ARL's Research Library Leadership Fellows

In late July, HCL hosted the 23 fellows participating in ARL's 2007–2008 Research Library Leadership Fellows (RLLF) Program. The weeklong Harvard University Institute, held July 21 through 26, was designed to give program fellows, all potential leaders of large research libraries, an understanding of the culture of Harvard University and its libraries, while addressing library roles within higher education, leadership styles, and the broad issues affecting research libraries.

The 2007–2008 group is the second cohort participating in the RLLF Program jointly designed and sponsored by ARL member libraries. The executive leadership program includes three strategic institutes, as well as opportunities for the fellows to attend site visits at several other ARL libraries, to help them prepare to shape libraries and librarianship at the national and international level.

The current RLLF Program includes two fellows from Harvard: Marilyn Wood, associate librarian of Harvard College for collection management, and Tracey Robinson, head of the Office for Information Systems in the Harvard University Library.

After the weekend provided a chance for campus orientation and an introduction to Harvard's institutional culture, its libraries, and HCL's role therein, the remainder of the week turned to study of the internal workings of Harvard's libraries. Among the myriad subjects discussed were digitization programs, collection building, special collections, access issues, facilities renovations, programmatic realignments, preservation, and the role of the 21st-century academic research library.

The institute further emphasized the political implications of leadership and the critical importance of collaboration, cooperation, and relationship-building as an informal means of exerting influence.

The Harvard Institute was the second of three strategic institute sessions, held at various RLLF sponsoring libraries. The first took place in April 2007 in North Carolina's Research Triangle, where fellows spent time at NC State, UNC, and Duke. A third strategic institute is scheduled for 2008 at the University of Minnesota.

The 2007–2008 RLLF Program is sponsored by Harvard University; the University of California, Berkeley, and the California Digital Library; the University of Minnesota; North Carolina State University; Pennsylvania State University; and the University of Toronto.


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