Carol Pitts Diedrichs Elected Vice President/President Elect of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)






Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of University Libraries for The Ohio State University, has been elected Vice President/President Elect of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  (See the ARL news release.)

Diedrichs has been an active member of ARL serving most recently on the ARL Board of Directors since 2009.

Diedrichs has been director of University Libraries since 2010.  Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, she served as Dean of Libraries and William T. Young Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky.  Since her appointment, the Ohio State Libraries have received numerous honors, including a 2012 “Landmark Library” designation for the renovated Thompson Library from Library Journal, and a #5 ranking among public university libraries on the annual ARL Investment Index.

Diedrichs is active in both ARL and the American Library Association.  Her work has been recognized with three awards from the American Library Association, including the 2008 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2002, Diedrichs was honored as a founder of OhioLINK, a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, and the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information needed for teaching and research.

In addition, she is an elected member of OCLC’s Global Council; serves on the North American Library Advisory Board for Elsevier; and has been elected to represent the libraries of the CIC consortium on the Governing Board of the HathiTrust.  She served as President of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of ALA. She is a frequent speaker, author and consultant.

The Ohio State University Libraries serves the university community with a blend of physical and digital resources, unique special collections and innovative services. The Libraries are committed to providing the resources needed to support teaching, learning and research. The system includes facilities on the university’s main campus and six libraries at Ohio State campuses across the state.  The Libraries also include nine unique special collections for use by Ohio State University faculty, students, visiting scholars and the general public.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at



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