From the Director

By Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of The Ohio State University Libraries

From the Director – January 19, 2010 – Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communications

Today the Ohio State University Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries jointly announce that Karla Strieb, currently the Assistant Executive Director for the Association of Research Libraries’ program on Transforming Research Libraries will become the Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services and Scholarly Communications at the Ohio State University Libraries on April 1, 2011.

At OSUL, Karla will focus on the acquisition and delivery of content in all forms.  She will manage the collection development process, including policy development and budget allocation; acquisition and description of content, including special collections materials, preservation services; and collection access and storage, including circulation, e-reserves and interlibrary services.  Karla’s division will also have responsibility for scholarly communications initiatives, including the Knowledge Bank, e-publishing, and policy oversight for collections to be digitized.  Collaboration with OhioLINK and the CIC are key responsibilities as well.

Karla has served as Assistant Executive Director for the Transforming Research Libraries program at ARL since 2009, after leading ARL’s Scholarly Communication program beginning in 2005.  From 1997-2005, Karla worked at the University of Maryland Libraries, as Collection Management Team Leader, Agricultural and Life Sciences Bibliographer, and Internet Trainer.  Karla has also worked at the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University and the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Michigan.

Karla’s role at ARL has been one of identifying emerging issues for research libraries, promoting strategic change and assisting member libraries in building programmatic capacity in new areas.   Under her leadership, the program has launched a scenario planning initiative for research libraries and has been active in areas ranging from special collections to e-science.  Karla’s work as leader of ARL’s scholarly communications program focused on key issues like the changing nature of publishing and new roles for libraries in disseminating knowledge, the rise of new kinds of scholarly resources, new thinking about ownership and copyright management, and the need for libraries to develop collections of new kinds of content such as research data and digital and digitized works.

Charles Lowry, ARL Executive Director and former Dean of the University of Maryland Libraries, offered his perspective on this appointment. “Having worked closely with Karla at both the Association of Research Libraries and at the University of Maryland, I am keenly aware of the outsize contribution she makes on the job,” Director Lowry said.  “We have been fortunate at ARL to have her talents applied to the leadership of two key strategic directions for the last six years.  So while her departure leaves a twinge of regret, I am pleased that she’s taking on major responsibilities in a member library.”

He concluded, “Ohio State has made an excellent appointment and will benefit as greatly as ARL from Karla’s leadership and deep knowledge of the field.”

Karla received her PhD from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland; her MLS from the School Information Studies at Syracuse University, her MS from the University of Chicago, and her Bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University.

We’re thrilled to have Karla joining us here at Ohio State.  With her appointment, we have completed the appointment of a new administrative team – I am looking forward to working with them as we move The Ohio State University Libraries ahead.

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