• Harvard University
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  • Library Notes
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  • September 2010
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  • No. 1355
Design School Names Ann Baird Whiteside Librarian, Assistant Dean Print


On August 11, Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD) appointed Ann Baird Whiteside to serve as librarian of Frances Loeb Library and assistant dean for information resources. Whiteside comes to Harvard from MIT where, since 2006, she served as head of the Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, with responsibiity for the overall management of the library, including personnel, budget, collections, and the establishment of new directions and services and for expanding digital resources in close collaboration with faculty. For MIT, she has advanced the development of a digital image collection and the preservation of original CAD drawings and other electronic architectural documentation, and broadened GIS services for teaching and research.
Before moving to MIT, Whiteside was director of the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library at the University of Virginia (2001–2005). To her new position at the GSD she will bring valuable familiarity with the Harvard library system and with the Loeb Library itself, having served as Visual Resources Librarian at Loeb from 1995 to 2001.
Whiteside holds a BA in art history from Boston College, and an MSLIS from Simmons. She has lectured and written extensively on visual resources, content management, and scholarly communication. She is active in many professional organizations and committees that shape approaches to the changing needs and opportunities faced by research libraries in an increasingly digital environment. 

Partnering with the Society of Architectural Historians, she serves as project director of SAHARA, a peer-reviewed online visual archive for architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban planning.