Matthew J. Sheehy, acting director for reference and research services at the New York Public Library, has been named to lead the Harvard Depository. The announcement was made by Helen Shenton, deputy director of the Harvard University Library, following an extended national search.

Sheehy, who will hold the title of assistant director of the Harvard University Library for the Harvard Depository, assumes his duties on Nov. 15. He will divide his time between depositories in Southborough and Harvard’s central campuses in Cambridge, Boston, and Allston, Mass.

“Matthew Sheehy is recognized by his colleagues as an innovator and a change manager,” Shenton said. “The hallmarks of his work are insightful thinking, careful analysis, and collaborative leadership that enhance the experience of library patrons.”