Daryl Boone Selected as a Harvard Residential Administrative Fellow for 2006-2007

Daryl Boone has been selected for the Harvard Residential Administrative Fellowship Program.

November 7, 2006 - Daryl Boone, Head of the English Division in HCL Technical Services, has been selected for the 2006–07 Harvard Administrative Fellowship Program (AFP). Now in its seventeenth year, the Administrative Fellowship Program works to attract candidates to administrative careers in higher education, especially candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and those committed to addressing their underrepresentation in university administration.

In seeking diversity, the program selects staff with leadership potential from within Harvard, as well as professionals in business, education, and professions outside the University. For those chosen, AFP offers a 12-month management experience in an academic environment complemented by a professional development program, all of it coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President (OAP).

Boone enters the fellowship with 20 years of experience at the College Library—she began in HCL as a cataloger of German language materials in 1985 and progressed through several positions prior to her current position, a title she’s held since 2000. One of eight fellows selected this year, she became interested in the program when she learned of Claudia Hill—a 2005–06 Fellow who came to Harvard from Columbia University and worked at HCL as a fellow in AFP—and from speaking to Steve Marley, Director of Human Resource Services, over the summer.

"It seemed like an interesting program," says Boone. "I wanted to network with other people of color here at the University, and I wanted to not necessarily specialize in management but to get some tips on leadership skills."

As a member of both the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Massachusetts Black Librarians Network, Boone believes that aggressive recruitment and mentorship are required to achieve increased diversity within the field of library science. "At this point in my career," she says, "I am very interested in broadening both my management and leadership skills in order to mentor and coach other library students and young professionals of color." 

As a residential fellow already working at Harvard, Boone of course has management experience in an academic environment and so her day-to-day responsibilities will not change, she says.  However, as part of the fellowship, she will spend two hours every other Tuesday afternoon attending management workshops and seminars, most of them with Harvard faculty and senior administrators, an opportunity Boone finds particularly appealing. With a busy syllabus and assigned readings, the program fellows truly have to take the time to prepare for their bi-weekly seminars, designed to explore a wide range of topics: educational leadership, academic administration, professional development, and personal growth/interpersonal effectiveness.

"Last week we had a case study from the Harvard Business School that involved financial issues in a University," says Boone. "When I first looked at the case study, I thought: What can I possibly get out of this, being a librarian? But I was actually very impressed by the way the professors used the case to bring it into all walks of life. They basically described it as finance versus politics, so it wasn’t just a finance study. It was more about how the person in the case study could effect change—it was more humanistic."

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