January 18, 2022

Peter Suber to Direct Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication

CONGRATS to a good friend and colleague, Dr. Peter Suber, on his new appointment at Harvard. Well done Peter!!!

From the Berkman Center:

The Harvard Library and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Suber as director of the Office for Scholarly Communication (OSC), starting July 1, 2013. Suber will continue his current activities as director of the Harvard Open Access Project, based at the Berkman Center, as well as his affiliations as a Berkman faculty fellow, senior researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and research professor of Philosophy at Earlham College.


“This new phase of collaboration represents a wonderful recognition, extension, and synchronization of the efforts of the Berkman Center and the Harvard Library. It promises continued progress inside Harvard as well as leadership and collaboration outside its increasingly permeable walls,” said Urs Gasser, Berkman’s executive director.

Suber is taking over executive leadership of the OSC from Stuart Shieber, Welch Professor of Computer Science in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and founding faculty director of the OSC. Shieber will continue as faculty director, though with a reduced role, co-chairing the Faculty Advisory Committee to the OSC with Suber, serving in an advisory capacity to the Office, and working on individual projects with the OSC. Sue Kriegsman, OSC program manager, will continue to oversee the Office’s operations and staff, as the activities of the Office continue to expand and mature.

According to Shieber, “Peter Suber is the world expert on open access; he literally wrote the book on the topic (Open Access, 2012, MIT Press). I am tremendously excited to get Peter even more involved in the OSC, where his leadership will foster our position at the forefront of the open-access revolution.”

University Librarian Robert Darnton noted the importance of the OSC to Harvard and to the scholarly community more broadly. “Under the leadership of Stuart Shieber, the OSC has placed Harvard at the forefront of the open-access movement. Peter Suber is the ideal choice to carry on that tradition and enhance it.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.