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HCL Committees Digest Rolls Out in January

HCL Committees Digest

Writer/publicist Peter Reuell, who is responsible for writing the HCL Committees Digest, discusses the workflow with Elizabeth McKeigue, a research librarian at Widener Library. McKeigue is one of six liaisons who will assist in drafting the digest, which will be distributed monthly, beginning at the end of January.

January 8, 2009 - Beginning in January, the first edition of the Harvard College Library Committees Digest, a monthly e-newsletter to keep staff up-to-date on the HCL Coordinating Committees, will be introduced.

With the intent of keeping work transparent and keeping staff informed of new projects and initiatives, the digest will track the six coordinating committees: Circulation, Privileges and Interlibrary Loan (CPILL); Collections and Content (CCCC); Collection Management (CMCC); Metadata and Reporting (MRCC); Research, Education, and Outreach (REO) and Virtual Presence (VPCC). Each represents a broad programmatic area, and is responsible for strategic planning and high-level policy recommendations. Composed primarily of senior staff, the coordinating committees are chaired by a member of the Senior Management Council, and may appoint and oversee smaller, related groups, like standing committees, working groups and affinity groups. Additional information, including charges and membership rosters can be found on the HCL Committees iSite, along with information on the Joint Council.

The digest will be composed and maintained by HCL Communications in collaboration with an appointed liaison from each committee. Liaisons include: Cheryl McGrath for CPILL, Michelle Durocher for CMCC, Steven Riel for MRCC, Martin Schreiner for CCCC, Elizabeth McKeigue for REO, and Beth Brainard for VPCC.

Distributed via email on the HCL-List, the digest will contain brief summaries of committee activities, and links to other pertinent documents and meeting minutes. The first issue of the HCL Committees Digest is scheduled for distribution at the end of January.