May 16, 2022

U. of Oxford: New Bodley’s Librarian Appointed

From the Bodleian Libraries:

The University of Oxford is pleased to announce that Richard Ovenden has been appointed as Bodley’s Librarian, succeeding Dr Sarah Thomas [now New Vice President for the Harvard University Library]. He will be a Fellow of Balliol College.

Following earlier appointments at the library of the House of Lords, the National Library of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, Mr Ovenden has worked at the Bodleian since 2003 and has held the position of Interim Bodley’s Librarian since August. He will assume his new role immediately. As executive head of the Bodleian Libraries, he will take on the stewardship of combined collections numbering more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 50,000 e-journals and a vast quantity of other materials.


Mr Ovenden was educated at Durham University and University College London, and has worked as a professional librarian since 1985. He has served on the staff of Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland (as Deputy Head of the Rare Books Section), the University of Edinburgh (as Director of Collections), and since 2003 at the Bodleian Libraries (first as Keeper of Special Collections and from 2011 as Deputy Librarian, the Bodleian Libraries).

Responding to his appointment, Mr Ovenden said: ‘To lead the Bodleian Libraries as the 25th Bodley’s Librarian is a profound honour and privilege, as we seek to develop our services, build our collections and support our staff through the rapidly changing environment of scholarship and information provision. Over the past ten years I have loved every minute of working with the library’s outstanding collections and its dedicated and talented staff. The Bodleian stands at the heart of the University, working in partnership with all of the academic disciplines and supporting the international community of scholars as well as the citizens of Oxford and worldwide who access the Bodleian digitally or visit our exhibitions.’

See Also: Harvard Magazine Publishes Interview with the New Vice President for the Harvard University Library, Sarah Thomas  (September 20, 2013)

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