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Boaz Nadav-Manes

Boaz Nadav-Manes

University Librarian, Lehigh University
Boaz Nadav-Manes is the University Librarian at Lehigh University. Boaz has broad experience in higher education library administration, most recently serving as Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management at Brown University, with responsibility for the management of collections budget, as well as oversight of Brown Library collection development, technical services, public services, resource sharing, preservation, and off-site storage. Focused on inclusive leadership, Nadav-Manes strengthens ways by which units and departments can work more cohesively as a unified whole to support the success of students, faculty, staff, and broader community members. Before Brown, he served as a Senior Product Manager in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Leiden, Netherlands, and held several positions of increasing responsibility at the Cornell University Library. He has been active in leadership roles in a number of professional organizations, including in the Ivy Plus Libraries Collection Development, Technical Services, and Resource Sharing groups. Most recently, he served as chair of the The NorthEast Research Libraries consortium (NERL) Program Council Executive Committee. At Lehigh, Nadav-Manes leads the staff and operations at the Lehigh University libraries and oversees the Lehigh libraries’ budget and the university’s participation in the Mellon Foundation-supported Open Library Environment (OLE) library management system and the evolving FOLIO (The Future of Libraries is Open) initiative.

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Particularly in the humanities where the scholarly monograph is of critical importance, where and how books may be accessed by scholars is a sensitive issue. How should libraries be communicating with their communities about issues of access, convenience and responsiveness when it comes to the printed volumes that may take up so many valuable square feet of the library’s physical plant? Automation and offsite storage represent a wonderful benefit to institutions, but do researchers feel their needs have been slighted? How best to engage with the community on sensitive issues of preservation and best practice?

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