May 26, 2022

A Summary of the Harvard Library Spring 2015 All-Staff Meeting

The Harvard Library all-staff meeting took place on February 27, 2015. A summary of the meeting was posted on the library’s web site earlier this week.

From the Summary:

[Library Vice President Sarah] Thomas commended the progress on all ten of the Library’s strategic priorities, especially lauding accomplishments in enhancing discovery and delivery, which will be retired as a priority.


Thomas acknowledged that shifting priorities and increasing levels of service will require being nimble, and emphasized ways to do so. Through increased outreach and communication through different modes of delivery and messages; the reinvention of processes, roles, spaces and programs; and allocating resources based on a defined priority structure, she said, the Library is more than capable of rising to the challenge.


Thomas also shared information on the recently completed budgetary planning cycle. The FY16 School allocation will be held flat, and FY17+ allocations propose a .25% reduction per year in order to achieve a breakeven budget by FY20. The savings will occur through the reevaluation of workflows and priorities, supported by increased professional development programs and retraining of staff.


She [Thomas] also gave an update on the Harvard Depository review and progress made since the fall’s print storage symposium. It looks likely that another module will be constructed, but the decision will be completed after a planning and evaluation process that will continue throughout the spring, which may propose a different business model that includes partnerships, however complex that may be.

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