Laura Wood joined the Harvard Library in July 2017 as Associate University Librarian for Research and Education. Her work on strategic directions for the Harvard Library focuses on how we meet the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University. She provides oversight for research librarians located in Widener, Lamont, and Cabot Libraries, the Access Services division, and emerging services for Digital Scholarship. A passion for educational excellence and intellectual curiosity drove Laura to libraries and archives and the use of technology and innovation to support scholarship over time.
Laura holds a MBA from Emory University, a MS in Information, Library and Information Services from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as well as a MA in Religion from Yale University and a BA in Religion from Mount Holyoke College. Her previous roles included Head of Technical Services at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University; directing the library of Harvard Divinity School; and directing the Tisch Library at Tufts University. Priority interests include changing models of library engagement, the evolution of library spaces, accessibility in higher education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries.