Director of Libraries

Smith College Northampton, MA

Smith College has selected Susan Fliss, associate university librarian for research, teaching and learning at Harvard Library and director and librarian of the Monroe C. Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to be the next dean of libraries for Smith College. Her Smith appointment is effective September 1.

Fliss joined the Harvard staff nine years ago as associate librarian of Harvard College for research, teaching and learning. From 2011 to 2013, she served as interim head of Harvard College Library, overseeing the libraries that support the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Fliss has held her role as associate librarian of Harvard College since 2007. Since 2013, Fliss also has served as director and librarian of Monroe C. Gutman Library at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Prior to joining the staff at Harvard, Fliss served for five years as director of education and outreach at the Dartmouth College library. She also served for 12 years on the library staff at Mount Holyoke College.

Fliss is active in libraries on a national level. She served as a co-principal investigator on a Mellon-funded grant that explored applying the Centers of Excellence model to information services. She also has served on the Association of College and Research Libraries/Harvard Leadership Advisory Committee. She has been part of collaborations with HarvardX and other initiatives supporting online and hybrid teaching models.

Fliss holds an undergraduate degree in Canadian studies from Mount Holyoke College, and earned an M.A. degree in history from the University of Ottawa. Her M.L.S. is from the State University of New York, Albany, and she earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine.

Ponneh Varho led this search with Lionel Anderson.