The Future of Harvard Libraries?

26 Mar

The Future of Harvard Libraries?
A Conversation with Library Workers, Faculty, and Students

When: Tuesday, April 10, 5-7pm
Where: Barker Center (Thompson Room), 12 Quincy Street

The Harvard Library Transition Team has been developing plans for a new integrated Harvard Library, using the business model of “shared services.” The aim of the library restructuring appears to be simple cost cutting rather than meeting the needs of our research community, as evidenced by the threatened layoffs of library workers at  Town Hall meetings in January. Decisions are being made without any meaningful consultation with faculty and student researchers and the library staff who support them.

Can the university reduce library staff and still meet its commitments to researchers in the wide variety of disciplines represented at Harvard? Come participate in a conversation with students, faculty, library professionals, and library support staff who are concerned about the fate of the Harvard Libraries.


  • Andrew Gordon, Folger Fund Professor of History and Director of Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Lisa McGirr, Professor of History
  • Richard Thomas, Harvard College Professor and Lane Professor of Classics


  • Janet Katz, Senior Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library
  • Desiree Goodwin, Circulation Supervisor, Harvard Graduate School of Design Library
  • Mary Hopkins, Metadata and Cataloging Unit, Harvard College Library Technical Services

For more information, e-mail: libraryforum (at)

For a color poster, click here.

For a black and white flier, click here.



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