From the Director

Spring 2020

Photo: Shawn G. Henry

After years of imagining a redesigned Hayden Library, seeing our plans finally take shape is thrilling. We’re seeing our bold ideas for libraries realized not only with the construction of new physical spaces, but with the development of new models for sharing knowledge. 

Last October we announced a principle-based framework (“the MIT Framework”) to guide our negotiations with scholarly publishers. In January, we signed the first contract that aligns completely with the framework, an innovative collaboration with three other universities. The Committee on the Library System has been critical in guiding these efforts, and I’m grateful to chair Roger Levy for sharing his experiences as a champion of open scholarship in this Bibliotech.

All this tremendously exciting work generates from the foundational ideas of the Future of Libraries report—that the physical space of libraries plays a unique role in our communities, that knowledge is most impactful when it is shared openly, and that working collaboratively is the best path toward thefuture we want to see. 

Thank you, as always, for all you do to support our progress. 

All my best,

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