Jacqueline (Jackie) O’Neill is a busy woman. As Harvard University marshal, she oversees official University protocol, meets heads of state and other dignitaries visiting the campus, and organizes Harvard’s commencement. Her office is presently directing Harvard’s yearlong 375th anniversary celebration, which kicked off on October 14.
There are many ways to be drawn into an organization: “We just need a little help”; “The rest of the Board will love you”; “Your skills are exactly the ones we’ve been looking for”; and finally, “There’s no work involved, we just need your name.” Any of these statements can lead to years of stress and time expended without measure. My involvement with the Schlesinger Library was no different—it began during a research morning at the Library of Congress.