May 24, 2022

Library World Talking About Harvard Librarians and Harvard Library Transition

UPDATE 3 (1/21) Libraries May Reduce Staff (via Harvard Crimson)

UPDATE 2 (1/20) Transcript: Library Town Hall Presentation, January 19, 2012
Comments From Mary Lee Kennedy, Senior Associate Provost and Helen Shenton, Executive Director

UPDATE: Harvard U. Spokesperson Shares Comment with Library Journal, Details Below

At the end of September we posted, “Libraries Announce New Organizational Structure.”

One of the items we linked to then included a new Harvard Library organizational design chart and info about proposed affinity groups.

Today, the library world is using social networks to talk about Harvard librarians being asked, according to one info pro at the university, to “basically reapply” for their jobs.

Read what’s going on via Google+ and Twitter.

See Also: Transition Update from the Senior Associate Provost and the Executive Director (1/17)

See Also: Harvard Library Transition Phases (PDF)

See Also: Library Transition Design Phase Organization (PDF)

See Also: Affinity Group Head Selection Process, Critical Activities Update, Award Deadline, Library-Wide News, Upcoming Events (December 6, 2011)

UPDATE: Mike Kelley at Library Journal has posted on the story and it includes a comment from a Harvard University Library spokesperson whose statement includes the following:

“It is inaccurate to say that all library staff will need to reapply for their positions,” Poplowski said. However, she would not provide any specifics about what the staff were told at the meetings that were led by Mary Lee Kennedy, senior associate provost, and Helen Shenton, executive director.

Direct to Kelley’s complete article and the full text of the Harvard University Library statement.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.