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Martha Whitehead

Harvard University
University Librarian, Vice President for the Harvard Library, and Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Martha Whitehead is the new Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining Harvard in June 2019, Martha was vice-provost (digital planning) and university librarian at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, and she has been active in regional, national and international initiatives to advance digital research infrastructure and scholarly communications. She has served as president of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), chair of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and as a member of the Programs and Quality Committee of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Most recently, she chaired the Canadian National Heritage Digitization Strategy Steering Committee, CARL’s Policy Committee, and CARL’s Open Repositories Working Group, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Council on Digital Infrastructure. Martha played a lead role in the development of Portage, a research data management network launched in 2015 by CARL in collaboration with other research stakeholders. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).