Director of Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ann Wolpert became Director of Libraries for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 1996. She oversees the Institute’s distributed library system, which consist of five major collections, four smaller branch libraries in specialized subject areas, a fee-for-services group, and the Institute Archives and Special Collections. As of January 1999, her position expanded to include reporting responsibility for the MIT Press, which publishes approximately 200 new books and more than 40 journals per year in fields related to science and technology. Wolpert also has oversight of Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation. Wolpert’s Institute responsibilities include membership on the Committee on Intellectual Property, the Council on Educational Technology, the Information Technology Strategic Planning and Resources Coordinating Council (IT-SPARCC), the Deans’ Committee, and the President’s Academic Council. She chairs the Management Board of the MIT Press, the Board of Directors of Technology Review, Inc., and serves on the OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Board.
Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was Executive Director of Library and Information Services at the Harvard Business School. Her previous experience also includes management of the Information Center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., where she additionally engaged in consulting assignments. More recent consulting assignments have taken her to the University of New Mexico, Cornell University and Adelphi University in New York, the campuses of INCAE in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the League of European Research Libraries in Amsterdam, the National Library of China, and the Malaysia University of Science and Technology.
Ann Wolpert is active in the professional library community. She is recent past-president of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is a member of ARL’s Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Library Consortium, the National Institute for Health’s Public Access Working Group and serves on the Steering Committees of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and Digital Library Federation (DLF). Wolpert is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Library Administration. She serves on the advisory committee to the National Science Foundation’s publication Science and Engineering Indicators, and is an advisor to the Publication Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society. A frequent speaker and writer, she has recently contributed papers on such topics as library service to remote library users, intellectual property management in the electronic environment, open access and the future of research libraries in the digital age.
Ann Wolpert is an Honorary Trustee of Simmons College, having recently retired from active board service. In 1998 she was elected to the National Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education of the American Council on Education. She received the BA from Boston University and the MLS from Simmons College.