Passing of Joe Branin

From Director of Libraries Carol Diedrichs:

It is with sadness and a sense of loss that I share the news of the death of Joe Branin, former director of University Libraries, last evening, December 30, after a battle with cancer.

Joe served as director of OSUL from 2000-2009, and, among his many accomplishments, spearheaded the renovation of the Thompson Library. During his time at OSU, Joe was a member of the Board of the Association of Research Libraries, a trustee on the Board of the Columbus Museum of Art, and chair of the CIC Library Directors Group. He also served as the editor of one of the foremost journals in the field of librarianshio, College & Research Libraries.

Joe left Ohio State and the U.S. in 2009 to become the first director of the new King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library in Saudi Arabia. Joe helped oversee construction of the facility and oversaw its operations from the first day it opened. Joe’s wife Anita worked with him at KAUST as the user and education instruction librarian.

In keeping with his wishes, Joe will be cremated and his remains scattered in one of his favorite places.

In the weeks ahead, we will determine an appropriate means of remembering Joe’s contributions to the Libraries and the university. For now, we will keep Anita and Joe’s family in our thoughts.


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