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Elizabeth Kirk

Elizabeth Kirk

Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard University Library
Elizabeth Kirk is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources for the Harvard Library. In this role, she provides system-wide leadership for collection development, as well as management of collection development within Harvard College Library, Information and Technology Services, Preservation Services, and the Office for Scholarly Communication. Elizabeth began her career as a librarian in the Sheridan Libraries at the Johns Hopkins University, where she held several positions, including as founding director of the Entrepreneurial Library Program. After leaving Hopkins, she was Associate Librarian for Information Services at Dartmouth College. Kirk has spoken extensively on electronic information resources; library services to distance education; social entrepreneurship in libraries; copyright, scholarly publishing, and open scholarship. A native Rhode Islander, Elizabeth holds a diploma from the Sorbonne; a BA in French from Barrington College; an MA in French literature from New York University, followed by advanced graduate work; and an MS in Library Science from Simmons College. She was a Frye Leadership Institute fellow in 2001 and a UCLA Senior Fellow in 2010.

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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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