Research Contacts and Library Liaisons

We encourage you to schedule an individual consultation with a research librarian when starting your research.

Research librarians can help you identify and use the resources in the Harvard libraries or devise research strategies for classes, term papers, theses, dissertations, and other research projects. These librarians also provide Programs and Services for Faculty and Instructors.

The following list gives the contact information for research librarians by subject, concentration, language, and region, and also notes staff who are Library Liaisons, and associated more formally with a specific department, academic committee, or program. 

Library Liaisons work to establish relationships with their assigned departments and create and teach library-related classes, meet with students and faculty, provide one-on-one consultation, write course research guides, assist with content for course web sites, and provide general reference services to the department’s faculty and students.

Department chairs or faculty interested in learning more about the Library Liaison Program should contact Susan Fliss, the Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Research, Teaching, and Learning, for specific requests or questions at 617-495-2401 or via e-mail.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

African and African-American Studies

Library Liaison to African Studies and African-American Studies
Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Services for Academic Programs, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-5403

Research Contact for African Studies
Bassey Irele, Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa, Collection Development, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-3559

American Studies

Library Liaison
Fred Burchsted, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs,Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2411

Anthropology & Archaeology

Research Contact
Janet Steins, Associate Librarian for Collections, Tozzer Library, e-mail, 617-495-1481

Library Liaison
Lynne Schmelz, Librarian for the Sciences and Librarian of the Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-5351

Applied Mathematics

Research Contact
Marce Wooster, Librarian, Gordon McKay and Blue Hill Libraries, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, e-mail, 617-495-2836

Applied Physics

Research Contacts
Marce Wooster, Librarian, Gordon McKay and Blue Hill Libraries, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, e-mail, 617-495-2836

Marina Werbeloff, Librarian, Physics Research Library, e-mail, 617-495-2878

Art History

See History of Art and Architecture

Astronomy

Research Contact
Christopher Erdmann, Head Librarian, e-mail, 617-495-7289

Biological Sciences

Library Liaisons to Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dorothy Barr, Public Services MCB Liaison Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-1348

Connie Rinaldo, Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-4576

Library Liaisons to Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Connie Rinaldo, Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-4576

Mary Sears, Head of Public Services/Reference, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-2475

Research Contact
Reed Lowrie, Science Reference and Cartographic Librarian, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-5353

Botany

Research Contacts
Lisa DeCesare, Head of Public Services and Archivist, Harvard University Botany Libraries, e-mail, 617-495-2366

Judy Warnement, Librarian, Harvard University Botany Libraries, e-mail, 617-496-1025

Cartography/GIS

Research Contacts
Bonnie Burns, Geographic Information Specialist, Harvard Map Collection, e-mail, 617-495-2417

Scott Walker, Digital Cartography Specialist, Harvard Map Collection, e-mail, 617-496-8717

Celtic Languages and Literatures

Library Liaison
Ramona Islam, Curricular Design and Research Librarian, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-5848

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Research Contacts
Marcia Chapin, Head Librarian, Chemistry & Chemical Biology Library, e-mail, 617-496-2728

Classics

Library Liaison
Steve Kuehler, Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-384-8270

Comparative Literature

Library Liaisons
Vacant. Temporary research contact, Laura Farwell Blake, Head of Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-0108

Computer Science

Research Contacts
Marce Wooster, Librarian, Gordon McKay and Blue Hill Libraries, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, e-mail, 617-495-2836

Data

Research Contacts
Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-6936

John Baldisserotto, Electronic Documents Librarian/Microforms Coordinator, Government Information Services, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-2534

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Library Liaison
Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-0791

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Library Liaisons

James Cheng, Acting Librarian for the Western Languages Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-495-3327

Mikyung Kang, Librarian for the Korean Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-495-0572

Xiaohe Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-496-2810

Kuniko McVey, Librarian for the Japanese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-495-3395

Sharon Yang, Head of Access Services, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-496-3623

Research Contacts
Nancy Hearst, Librarian, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Fung Library, 617-495-5753, e-mail

Kazuko Sakaguchi, Librarian of the Documentation Center on Contemporary Japan, Fung Library, 617-495-8386, e-mail

Economics

Library Liaison
Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-6936

Engineering Sciences

Research Contacts
Marce Wooster, Librarian, Gordon McKay and Blue Hill Libraries, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, e-mail, 617-495-2836

English and American Literature and Language

Library Liaison
Laura Farwell Blake, Head of Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-0108

Environmental Studies

Library Liaison
George Clark, Environmental Research Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-6158

Research Contact
Connie Rinaldo, Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-4576

Expository Writing

Library Liaison
Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-5403

Extension School Classes Proseminars

Research Contacts
Mary Angelini, Librarian, Grossman Library for University Extension, Sever Hall, third floor, e-mail, 617-495-4163

Film Studies

Library Liaisons
Robert Sennett, Bibliographer and Research Liaison for Film, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-496-1502

Mary Clare Altenhofen, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-496-3592

Folklore and Mythology

Library Liaison
Ramona Islam, Curricular Design and Research Librarian, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-5848

Freshman Seminar Program

Library Liaison
Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-4226

Geology

Research Contacts
Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-0791

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Research Contact
Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western Europe, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-2568

GIS

See Cartography/GIS

Government

Library Liaison
Kathleen Sheehan, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-8089

Greek Language and Literature

See Modern Greek Studies

History

Library Liaison
Fred Burchsted, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2411

History and Literature

Library Liaison
Steve Kuehler, Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-384-8270

History of Art and Architecture

Library Liaison
Mary Clare Altenhofen, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-496-3592

Research Contacts
Andras Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Arts and Architecture, Aga Khan Program, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-495-3372

Nanni Deng, Asian Art Bibliographer, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-495-0570

History of Science

Library Liaison
Fred Burchsted, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2411

Human Evolutionary Biology

Library Liaison
Reed Lowrie, Science Reference and Cartographic Librarian, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-5353

Inner Asian and Altaic Studies

Library Liaison
Mikyung Kang, Librarian for the Korean Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-495-0572

Judaica

Library Liaison
Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-4226

Latin American/Iberian Studies

Research Contacts
Lynn Shirey, Librarian for Latin American, Spain & Portugal, Collection Development, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2427

Linguistics

Library Liaison
Jeffrey Bourns, Bibliographic Services, Harvard Law School Library, e-mail, 617-495-3962

Research Contact
Ramona Islam, Curricular Design and Research Librarian, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-5848

Maps

Research Contacts
Joseph Garver, Reference Librarian, Harvard Map Collection, e-mail, 617-495-2417

Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-0791

Mathematics

Library Liaison
Allen Bourque, Head of Collection Management and Circulation, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-496-8805

Media

Research Contacts
Paul Worster, Multimedia Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-495-8730

Medical Sciences

Research Contacts
Dorothy Barr, Public Services MCB Liaison Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-1348

e-mail, 617-495-5353

Medieval Studies

Library Liaison
Steve Kuehler, Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-384-8270

Middle Eastern Studies

Library Liaison
Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-4226

Research Contact
Andras Riedlmayer, Bibliographer in Islamic Arts and Architecture, Aga Khan Program, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-495-3372

Modern Greek Studies

Research Contact
Rhea Karabelas Lesage, Librarian for Hellenic Studies and Coordinator for the Classics, Collection Development, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2426

Music

Library Liaisons
Kerry Carwile Masteller, Reference and Digital Program Librarian, Loeb Music Library, e-mail, 617-495-2794

Liza Vick, Music Reference and Research Services Librarian, Loeb Music Library, e-mail, 617-495-2794

Mythology

See Folklore and Mythology

Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Library Liaison
Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-4226

Philosophy

Research Contact
Eric Johnson-DeBaufre, Librarian, Robbins Library, e-mail, 617-496-2194

Physics

Research Contacts
Marina Werbeloff, Librarian, Physics Research Library, e-mail, 617-495-2878

Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-0791

Psychology

Library Liaisons
Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-0791

Kathleen Sheehan, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-8089

Religion

See Study of Religion

Romance Languages and Literatures

Library Liaisons
Spanish and Portuguese: Anna Esty, Research Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-9815

French and Italian: Odile Harter, Research Librarian, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-8028

Research Contacts
Spanish and Portuguese: Lynn Shirey, Librarian for Latin America Spain and Portugal, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-495-2427

French and Italian: Lidia Uziel, Librarian for Western Europe, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-496-2568

Russia and Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Research Contact
Hugh Truslow, Librarian for the Davis Center Collection, Fung Library, e-mail, 617-495-4030

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Library Liaison
Hugh Truslow, Librarian for the Davis Center Collection, Fung Library, e-mail, 617-495-4030

Social Policy

Library Liaison
See Government or Sociology

Social Studies

Library Liaison
Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Widener Library e-mail, 617-496-5403

Sociology

Library Liaison
Kathleen Sheehan, Research Librarian, Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-8089

South Asian Studies

Library Liaison
Ramona Islam, Curricular Design and Research Librarian, Widener Library, e-mail, 617-384-5848

Statistics

Library Liaison
Allen Bourque, Head of Collection Management and Circulation, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-496-8805

Research Contacts
John Baldisserotto, Electronic Documents Librarian/Microforms Coordinator, Government Information Services, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-2534

Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-6936

Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Library Liaison
Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing, Services for Academic Programs, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-496-5403

The Study of Religion

Library Liaison
Reed Lowrie, Science Reference and Cartographic Librarian, Cabot Science Library, e-mail, 617-495-5353

Theatre

Library Liaison
Steve Kuehler, Reference Librarian, Lamont Library, e-mail, 617-384-8270

Tibetan

Research Contact
Mikyung Kang, Librarian for the Korean Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, e-mail, 617-495-0572

Ukrainian Studies

Research Contact
Hugh Truslow, Librarian for the Davis Center Collection, Fung Library, e-mail, 617-495-4030

Visual and Environmental Studies

Library Liaison
Mary Clare Altenhofen, Herman and Joan Suit Librarian for the Fine Arts Library, Fine Arts Library, e-mail, 617-496-3592

Women's Studies

See: Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Zoology

Research Contact
Connie Rinaldo, Librarian, Ernst Mayr Library, e-mail, 617-495-4576

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