Harvard Kennedy School Library & Research Services supports the research, learning, and curricular needs of faculty, researchers, students, and staff. It also provides researchers around the world with information related to public policy, public administration, and international affairs.
HKS affiliates can visit our Knet site for detailed information about using LRS resources and services. Non-affiliated researchers can visit our Access & Accessibility page to review available services.
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Meet the Library & Research Services Team
Each member of our team has a unique background, a wide variety of responsibilities, and a big personality. We often work collaboratively to deliver services, as we each bring distinct expertise and strengths. If you are not sure which team member to contact, use our general contact information listed above and we will connect you appropriately.
James Adams, Manager of Research & Data Services
James has served as the Manager of Research and Data Services at HKS since February 2022. In addition to his work at HKS, he teaches a course on Information Visualization at the Pratt Institute School of Information. Prior to HKS, James worked as Data and Visualization Librarian at Dartmouth College. He has been an instructor with the Carpentries since 2015, and he teaches the use of free, open tools to promote reproducible research. James holds a BA in Music and English from Boston College and a MS in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute.
Daniel Becker, Curriculum & Instruction Librarian
Daniel coordinates LRS’ instruction and orientation program, teaches workshops on library resources, academic integrity, and research tools such as Zotero, and works with SLATE colleagues and faculty members to reimagine syllabi and diversify course materials. With subject specialties in international relations, comparative politics, and contemporary history, he also offers in-depth research consultations for students and serves as a course librarian for select HKS classes. Last but not least, Daniel co-curates the Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Collection.
James Capobianco, Research & Data Librarian
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James supports research and data services at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a master’s degree candidate at Harvard Extension School, studying Data Science. He’s interested in using collections as data, bias in data, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality.
Tim Conant, Access Services Coordinator
As the Access Services Coordinator, Tim is responsible for the smooth functioning of the circulation and access aspects of the library. He also hires, trains, and manages the student assistant staff, shares oversight for the library’s physical operation, and works with IT to provide computing and printing support to HKS students. Tim received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts, with a social sciences concentration from the Harvard Extension School. When not at the library he can be found working with several service organizations, cooking or caring for his garden.
Emma Hernandez, Administrative & Financial Coordinator
Emma assists the Executive Director with managing and overseeing the financial and administrative operations across the department. These operations include financial analysis, procurement, and assigned projects. She enjoys spending her spare time with her children.
Brandon Lebel, Access Services Specialist
Brandon assists with daily access and circulation inquiries at the LRS service desk. He is responsible for processing physical and digital course reserves, fulfilling resource sharing requests, training student workers, and contributing to library collection maintenance. Brandon has nearly five years of experience in academic and public libraries, and received his Bachelor of Arts at Emerson College.
Julie Petzold, Access Services Librarian for HKS & GSE
Julie has over seven years of experience in connecting patrons with library resources, overseeing daily operations of library service desks, and managing a team of more than 20 employees committed to the library’s mission of supporting teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. She is a graduate of Emerson College and earned her MLIS from Simmons University.
Megan Potterbusch, Research Data Steward
Megan provides research data management consultations, data safety training, and is available to guide researchers through the Harvard Data Safety research compliance process. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons College and has a particular interest in infrastructure development and cultural shifts that support the ethical implementation of FAIR Data Principles.
Alessandra Seiter, Community Engagement Librarian
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Alessandra leads leads library communications and builds collaborative initiatives with fellow community members. Her librarianship is informed by an academic background in the geography of social movements, and extensive experience in community organizing. She’s primarily interested in how libraries can support the visionary world-building activities of grassroots collectives.
Christina Sirois, Executive Director
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Christina has a background in research and data as well as digital content management and structured vocabularies, research dissemination, and copyright and data licensing. She previously worked in knowledge services in the pharmaceutical industry and oversaw research and knowledge services for an economic consulting firm before joining the Harvard Kennedy School. She has her MLIS from Simmons University and her MBA from Babson College. She also holds her Certified Information Privacy Professional/US through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Keely Wilczek, Manager of Collections & Library Services
Keely has almost thirty years of experience in libraries, academic and public, including more than a decade at HKS. She oversees all aspects of LRS’ collections, both print and digital, and is the point of contact for use of library spaces and requests for new library services. Keely collaborates closely with HKS IT, the Office of Career Advancement, the Communications Program, Harvard Library, and library staff at Harvard’s other professional schools to provide patrons with expertise, services, and resources across HKS and beyond. She has an AB in Classics from Kenyon College and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Corinne Wolfson, Digital Collections Librarian
Corinne leads the preservation and access of unique HKS content, both analog and born-digital. She oversees Faculty Publications, DASH, HKS web archive, course materials, and other digitization and digital access projects. She is also the curator of the HKS Political Button Collection. She holds an MA in History and an MLIS from Simmons University and a BA in Honours History from McGill University.