Citing a report from Harvard University,  infoDOCKET notes that Sarah E. Thomas will retire from her roles as vice president of the Harvard Library and University Librarian and as Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the end of this year.

“It has been an immense privilege to have been shaped through the association with the world’s greatest library and to have been one in the series of men and women who have guided it forward,” she said in a letter to the Harvard community. “I am proud, first and foremost, of my library colleagues: innovative, deeply knowledgeable, and dedicated to service. They excel in creating and curating the collections so deeply valued by our users, and they now are building the network of distributed access to physical and digital resources around the globe.”

Thomas joined Harvard Library in 2013 as vice president and University librarian, maintaining overall responsibility for the library in close collaboration with the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council, and the Library Leadership Team. A month later, she was named the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as the FAS libraries and the Harvard Library were joined under her leadership.

Before Harvard, Thomas was the first woman and the first non-British citizen in 400 years to hold the position of Bodley’s Librarian and director of the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. She also served as pro-vice-chancellor and member of the faculty of modern languages. Under her guidance, the Bodleian Libraries were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for their work to increase access to their collections…”


infoDOCKET cites Florida State University  in noting that “nearly a half-century after landing her first job at Strozier Library, Florida State University Dean of Libraries Julia Zimmerman will finish her career right where she started.

Zimmerman, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from FSU in 1970, will retire from Florida State in June after more than a decade of leading University Libraries to a new level of excellence.

140 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $18 million. In addition, collections have grown to more than 3 million volumes, with a website offering access to nearly 900 databases, 86,500 e-journals and more than a million e-books.

The numbers are staggering, but Zimmerman is most proud of the personal service FSU Libraries offers.

“We’ve created a culture of service that matches any library in the country,” Zimmerman said. “Our focus on the user and our research into users’ needs has laid the groundwork for exceptional services to the university community…”


According to KnowledgeSpeak “Silverchair Information Systems (Silverchair), a provider of technology platforms and services for the professional and scholarly knowledge industry, has named Tim Barton as its new President. Barton will report to Thane Kerner, who will remain CEO.

Barton held various positions across Oxford University Press, including President of OUP USA. Most recently he served as Managing Director for the Global Academic Division of Oxford University Press, where he was responsible for OUP’s research publishing globally, including journals, scholarly books, and reference, and for higher education, and dictionary publishing. This was the first time that OUP had pulled together responsibility for this wide range of publishing under a single manager.

Under his leadership, OUP transitioned to become a digital and global business, and achieved strong growth, including doubling the size of the journals business, while adhering to the strict quality requirements mandated by Oxford University.”