Harvard Libraries Provost calls for improved libraries

Mar 4, 2009 by

Harvard University Provost Steven E. Hyman created a committee charged with improving the efficiency of the university’s library system. Since Harvard’s creation in 1638, no less than 75 different units have been instituted and have evolved “organically”. Some branches are autonomous, other services are centralized. The desired outcome would be “recommendations to improve the strength and efficiency of the University’s library system.” Economic reasons are cited.

Because of the size of the system and its importance as a research library, this should be a very interesting process for anyone who works in an academic/research library system. No doubt a multi-year effort.

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