Harvard Library IT Advisory Group

The Library IT Advisory Group advises library leadership about IT investments and priorities that will support the mission and strategic objectives of the Harvard Library.  The work of the Advisory Group will include:  

  • Make recommendations to library leadership about major software development projects and priorities
  • Establish a multi-year roadmap for IT investments
  • Liaise with HL standing committees and councils to gather input on IT priorities
  • Advise leadership on library technology trends 
  • Act as "think tank" to support the Director of Digital Strategies and Innovation for exploring digital library innovation ideas and strategies 
  • Make recommendations to leadership about IT divestments to allow resource reallocation to new growth areas 
  • Encourage collaborative technology and innovation efforts between the libraries at Harvard and related departments in the university

Alison Donnelly, Financial Services, Harvard Library
Tom Hyry, Houghton Library, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Ken Peterson,  Access Services, Harvard Library
Tracey Robinson, Library Technology Services, HUIT
Melissa Shaffer, Baker Library, Harvard Business School
Ann Whiteside, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design
Suzanne Wones, Director of Digital Strategies and Innovation, Harvard Library, Chair


This advisory group was inaugurated in the spring of 2016 and holds monthly meetings.


Agendas and notes from monthly meetings are posted on the Advisory Group’s wiki page

General Notes

  • One major activity for FY17 has been to strengthen and refine the Library’s IT priority setting process by engaging the Harvard Library governance committees and recommending clear IT project priorities to the Library Leadership Team.  
  • The group has begun to create a multi-year plan and will be reviewing the plan along with Library Technology service roadmaps on an annual basis
  • The group is also working with the Director of Digital Strategies and Innovation on developing conceptual models for several new programs in the Harvard Library including a Digital Scholarship initiative and a Research Data program to coordinate the many various activities performed by library staff to support faculty and researchers on research data managements policies and practices.