Jan Merrill-Oldham is Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian in the Harvard University Library and the Harvard College Library. She directs the work of the Weissman Preservation Center in the Harvard University Library and the Preservation and Imaging Department in the Harvard College Library. Together these programs provide a broad range of services to the libraries at Harvard, including special and general collections conservation; microfilming; digitizing; studio photography; photoduplication; preparation for binding and reformatting; and end processing. In addition, program staff provide university-wide consulting services; develop and distribute educational documentation and products; sponsor workshops and conferences; plan and manage projects; and assist the libraries with preservation and imaging needs assessment, planning, problem solving, and disaster preparedness and response. Before coming to Harvard, Ms. Merrill-Oldham developed and managed the University of Connecticut Libraries Preservation Department.
Ms. Merrill-Oldham has served as consultant to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Preservation of Research Library Materials Committee since 1987 and serves on the Board of Directors of Heritage Preservation. Past committee service has included membership on the ARL Preservation Planning Task Force; the Commission on Preservation and Access-sponsored Scientific Research Review Panel, Preservation Science Council, and Committee on the Role of the Mid-Sized Research Library in the National Preservation Effort; the Northeast Document Conservation Advisory Committee; committees of the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services; NISO committees to develop standards for durable publishers' bindings and commercial library bindings; the Columbia University School of Library Service Conservation Education Programs Visiting Committee; and the Connecticut Preservation Task Force and Committee on Alkaline Paper. She has chaired the ALCTS/ALA Preservation of Library Materials Section, ALCTS/ALA Legislation Committee, and other committees and task forces of the American Library Association.
Ms. Merrill-Oldham has collaborated in the planning of national conferences sponsored by ALA, ARL, the Society of American Archivists, and the Library of Congress. She has been a conference presenter on more than 60 occasions and has authored or edited more than 40 publications -- most recently, with Dan Hazen and Jeff Horrell, Selecting Research Collections for Digitization (Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 1998); and with Nancy Carlson Schrock, "The Conservation of General Collections" in Preservation: Issues and Planning, edited by Paul N. Banks and Roberta Pilette (Chicago: American Library Association, 2000). She is the 1990 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy Award presented by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, ALA; and an award for distinguished service at the University of Connecticut, presented in 1994.