In the spring of 2012, the Harvard College Library developed an administrative services model that more closely resembled other large departments with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is defined by areas of expertise, rather than by separate buildings and collections. Human resources, development, facilities and operations, technology and communications functions were shifted to appropriate departments within the FAS and University, including Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications (HPAC), and focus centered on being user-centric, flexible, unified, decentralized in decision-making, resourceful and seamlessly integrated.
A number of administrative initiatives took shape in 2012-2013 to support the evolving needs of the HCL:
- In the spring, Harvard University Provost Alan Garber announced the appointment of Sarah Thomas as Vice President for the Harvard Libraries with overall responsibility for the Harvard Library and close collaboration with all Harvard Libraries, the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Library Leadership Team. In early fall, Sarah Thomas was also appointed Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the FAS;
- In cooperation with FAS Dean for Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan, the HCL closely scrutinized expenditures to identify $1.1 million in one-time spending for collections;
- Katie McGrath was hired as Director of Administration to oversee local coordination and prioritization of administrative services;
- Construction was completed on a Collaborative Learning Space and a video capture studio for Faculty of Arts and Sciences and HarvardX curricular use.