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Deb Morley Departs for MIT Libraries

Deb Morley  

Deb Morley


February 16, 2011 – Deb Morley, who has served as Director of Information Technology Services for Harvard College Library since 2002, is leaving for the MIT Libraries to become Head of Specialized Content and Services. In her new role, effective March 15, Morley will provide leadership in the planning, coordination, implementation, delivery, administration, and assessment of a suite of services focused around specialized, technology‐intensive data types.

At HCL Morley was responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of technology services for libraries and staff. Under her leadership, ITS launched the patron self-service scanning program; developed procedures for the intake and organization of requests for IT services and projects; put in place an application development environment; adopted a managed desktop approach; and expanded the technical infrastructure that supports HCL’s digitization program. 

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"Deb instilled a service oriented approach to ITS support that resulted in the development of a laptop printing solution, deployment of Macintosh computers for staff and public workstations, and a long-term effort to deploy a multi-function device capable of copying and scanning," said Rebecca Graham, Associate Librarian for Preservation, Digitization, and Administrative Services.   

Morley served on the Aleph Steering Committee and was committee chair for two years. She was also a member of the Harvard University Library Digital Initiative (LDI) Architecture Committee, HCL Collections Reformatting Review Committee, the University Technical Architecture Group (UTAG), HCL Web Steering Committee, HCL Local Emergency Management Team, and co-chair of the ABCD Technology in Education group.

Prior to coming to the Harvard College Library, Morley served as the Assistant Director of Information Technology at the Vanderbilt University Law School. She holds both a BS and MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University, and a MLS from the University of North Carolina. She participated in the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, the Frye Leadership Institute, and the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals Program. Morley has also been active in the American Library Association, EDUCAUSE, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP.)

A farewell event is planned for Thursday, February 17, from 2:00-4:00 pm in the Lamont Forum Room.