Harvard University Libraries – More Business-like? Absolutely!


According to a Library Journal.com article, Harvard Libraries will undergo a “structural design” change and be overseen by a single library board, the University announced on December 1.

“We want our patrons to be able to find anything at Harvard, whether it’s a book, whether it’s a digital copy of a journal, whether it’s a database, or whether it’s an object in one of our museums,” Provost Steven Hyman told the Harvard Gazette.

… the Task Force’s charge was “to recommend reforms that would allow the libraries to invest their resources more heavily in academic priorities,” and determined that the libraries would have to “move away from their fragmented and outmoded administrative and financial model.” It recommended a shared administrative infrastructure, enhanced IT systems, coordinated collections development, and more collaboration with other universities.

[Emphasis added.]

As previously Posted, “The Library Rebooted”, published at Booz & Company website strategy+business by Scott Corwin, Elisabeth Hartley & Harry Hawkes, is an eye-opening examination of how libraries can remain relevant in this new era by redefining the business they are in. Information expert Stephen Abram Posted; “I heartily recommend [the article]. Even in an era when you can “Google” just about anything, many libraries have remained as vibrant, dynamic, and popular as ever. They’re staying that way by redefining the business they’re in.”

Endorsements for changing the way libraries do business in the 21st Century don’t come much higher than Stephen Abram. Harvard University offers a second strong endorsement for libraries becoming more business-like (AND more collaborative).

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