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 & Imaging program in the Harvard College Library.
Ms. Merrill-Oldham has served on and chaired committees of the American Library Association, International Federation of Library Associations Preservation and Conservation North American Network, National Information Standards Organization, Library of Congress (Preservation Directorate), British Library (Collections Care department), Association of Research Libraries, Heritage Preservation, Library Binding Institute, Northeast Document Conservation Center, Commission on Preservation and Access, Columbia University School of Library Service Conservation Education Programs, and other groups. At Harvard she serves on the senior management committees of he Harvard University and Harvard College Library, the Executive and Collections committees of the Open Collections Program, the HUL Bibliographic Standards Working Group (Subgroup on the MARC 583 Field), the HCL Collections Reformatting Committee, and other groups; and served on the Google Oversight Group during the planning phases of the Harvard project.
Ms. Merrill-Oldham has collaborated on planning for local, regional, and national conferences; has presented many papers, lectures, and workshops; and has authored and edited numerous publications—most recently, Of Silver Bullets and the Preservation of Library Resources (ASP Conference Series, Vol. 377, 2007). Before coming to Harvard Ms. Merrill-Oldham served in various capacities in the University of Connecticut Libraries, including planning and developing the libraries’ preservation program.