Library Liason to Environmental Science and Public Policy

Dr. George E. Clark joined Harvard in 2001 as the environment and sustainability research librarian.  George works with ESPP students to brainstorm literature searches and connect with data and other sources of information from the libraries and behond.  He works with ESPP faculty to craft meaningful introductions to the library for classes, and he consults with them on research as well. He is available to students and faculty for consultations in person and by email, phone, and video.  He is also a great person to ask for references to other librarians in subject areas across the university.  His office is in Lamont Library, and he also works in the Harvard Map Collection.  George is a former U.S. Federal Depository Librarian of Harvard and interim head of the Government Information department. Research librarians in Lamont, Widener, and Cabot Science libraries are close colleagues.

Online Resources

George maintains a library guide, Environment at a Glance, with helpful links to library sources needed by sustainability and environment scholars.  Environment and sustainability research involves scholars and practitioners from across the university, so this guide to Library Liaisons in various fields may be helpful as well.  There are also do-it-yourself library Research Guides for most fields at Harvard.  The various social science data guides may be particularly helpful.

About George

Previous to coming to Harvard, George was the regional social scientist at the six-state United States Environmental Protection Agency office in Chicago.  He has also consulted on watershed management with Massachusetts’ Division of Water Supply Protection.  George was the lead author of “Assessing the Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Extreme Storms: The Case of Revere, MA., USA,” the highly-cited study that pioneered measurement of neighborhood social vulnerability and resilience to a changing climate.  George holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Earlham College, master’s degrees in geography and library science from the University of Chicago and Simmons University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University.  A published poet and photographer, George is a master’s degree candidate in Dramatic Arts at the Harvard Extension School, and so he is particularly eager to hear from researchers in the environmental arts and humanities.


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