Haricombe, Lorraine

Haricombe, PhD
Year Inducted: 
Lorraine Haricombe
  • Leader of KU’s efforts to develop a pioneering Open Access Policy, the first of its kind among public universities
  • Revitalized the Friends of the Library group
  • Established a Center for Digital Scholarship at the University Of Kansas

       Dr. Haricombe is an accomplished scholar in the field of librarianship, having completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has produced numerous articles in the leading journals in the field, and has served on premier editorial boards at the national level. Dr. Haricombe has set an inspiring example of achievement as a single parent, building on a strong base of education and experience in her native South Africa. Specifically at the University of Kansas, she has led the University Libraries into a position of renewed influence and respect among scholars and students, leading transformative changes that have revitalized library faculty and staff, alongside a widening circle of advocates on and off campus. In the wider profession she has taken KU to a position of groundbreaking leadership in the move to promote open access to scholarship, which has been recognized nationally and internationally.

          Dr. Haricombe has led KU’s efforts to develop a pioneering Open Access [to scholarly work] Policy (the first of its kind among public universities), enacted by the Faculty Senate and approved by the Provost. She has also developed the means to realize the goals of this policy by establishing a Center for Digital Scholarship in close coordination with leaders in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Hall Center for the Humanities. Dr. Haricombe has worked hard to reshape the leadership for the KU Libraries to align allocation of staffing and other resources much more closely with changes in teaching and research and KU’s emerging direction for the new century. This team, almost all of whom are women, is very highly regarded within the Libraries, across campus and the region, as well as nationally.

          As a tireless advocate for the libraries, Dr. Haricombe has been very successful in not only raising the libraries’ profile, but in raising money for new technology, infrastructure, and of course, print materials. She even reached out to KU Athletics and had a very successful fundraiser with former football coach Mark Mangino as her main advocate. She has also developed a very successful parent program and the Friends of the Library group has been re-energized and they are very enthusiastic advocates of the KU Libraries.

          She is a highly focused leader, a tough-minded but humane administrator, an excellent communicator, and above all, a caring and principled librarian who holds fast to the ideals of higher education and the role that librarians must play to advance teaching, scholarship, and service to society. She is committed to excellence, in her own efforts first and foremost, but also to help develop talent in others. Dr. Haricombe is especially committed to helping women and others who are less often represented in leadership posts and who have the potential to contribute in their own right.


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