Lucidea’s Lens: Knowledge Management Thought Leaders Part 34 – Mary Lee Kennedy

Stan Garfield

Stan Garfield

January 12, 2023

Mary Lee Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). ARL represents 124 institutional members drawn from libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the USA. ARL’s mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication by fostering the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promoting equity and diversity, pursuing advocacy and public policy efforts, forging partnerships, and catalyzing collective efforts.

Mary Lee managed the Corporate Library Group at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) while I was leading DEC’s knowledge management program. At Microsoft, she led a global team in the design and implementation of knowledge and information strategies that served all Microsoft employees and supported internal pilots for enterprise products. Mary Lee developed Microsoft’s intranet portal and collaboration solution to connect employees with internal and external knowledge and information. She achieved significant advances in market analysis, competitive intelligence, research and product information management, and internal communications.


  • Louisiana State University, Master of Library Science
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology and Classics


  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Executive Director, 2018-Present
  • New York Public Library, Chief Library Officer, 2013-2016
  • Harvard University, Senior Associate Provost for the Harvard Library, 2011-2013
  • Harvard Business School, Executive Director, Knowledge and Library Services, 2004-2011
  • Microsoft Corporation, Director, Knowledge Network Group, 1998-2004
  • Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Corporate Library Group Manager, 1995-1998



Intranets for Info Pros edited with Jane Dysart

TIMAF Information Management Best Practices – Volume 1 edited by Bob Boiko and Erik Hartman – Chapter 1: Creating a Desired IM State: Understand, rationalize and take control of the state of information management in your organization – with Bob Boiko

The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management edited by James M. Matarazzo – Chapter 6: Leading and Managing Strategy in the 21st Century – with Rebecca Jones

Knowledge Management in Libraries and Organizations edited by Leda Bultrini, Sally McCallum, Wilda Newman, and Julien Sempere – Chapter 21: Knowledge Collaboration in Higher Education




Information Today

KMWorld & Intranets

Computers in Libraries

The Gilbane Conference

  • Boston 2012 Creating Information Environments that Generate New Knowledge: Is it Science Fiction or Time to Suspend Disbelief?
  • San Francisco 2007 CM-1: Case Studies – Stretching the New SharePoint
  • Boston Content Management Technologies 2004
    • CM-1: Planning for & Evaluating CMSes — How to Get Started
    • KM-2: Collaboration and Knowledge Management Best Practices

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Stan Garfield

Stan Garfield

Please enjoy Stan’s blog posts offering advice and insights drawn from many years as a KM practitioner. You may also want to download a free copy of his book, Lucidea’s Lens: Special Librarians & Information Specialists; The Five Cs of KM from Lucidea Press, and its precursor, Proven Practices for Implementing a Knowledge Management Program. And learn about Lucidea’s Presto, SydneyEnterprise, and GeniePlus software with unrivaled KM capabilities that enable successful knowledge curation and sharing.

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