Today I have the pleasure of sharing the news of the appointment of Terry Reese as our Head of Digital Initiatives.  What follows is more detail from our press release about this appointment.

Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Director of Libraries for The Ohio State University Libraries, has announced the appointment of Terry Reese as Head of Digital Initiatives.

“Terry will lead our Digital Initiatives program, collaboratively developing strategies and implementing and supporting projects to advance the creation and integration of digital library services and digital collections,” said Diedrichs.

Diedrichs said key partners for the program will include the Libraries’ digital repository, publishing, preservation and reformatting, and special collections programs, as well as other potential campus partners.  “We are delighted he will be joining the OSU Libraries faculty and providing a renewed focus and leadership for these initiatives,” Diedrichs said.

Associate Director for Information Technology Beth Forrest Warner said Reese will provide the vision for a wide range of services.

“Terry will focus on building a cohesive and extensive suite of services,” Warner said.  “That suite will include discovery, access, and other aspects of managing the information lifecycle.”

Reese received his Masters of Library Science from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon.

Reese comes to Ohio State from the Oregon State University Libraries, where he holds the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services. His responsibilities include advising the university librarian on trends and issues affecting libraries in the 21st century and working to position library technology infrastructure to meet those needs.  Reese is also charged with building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders outside the libraries to foster growth and innovation with new communities.

Prior to being named the Gray Family Chair, Reese served as the Digital Production Unit head at Oregon State University Libraries, providing leadership for the Libraries’ institutional repository efforts, overseeing the digitization operations of the library and determines the metadata standards and procedures for the OSU Libraries’ digital collections. Working with staff from around the library, the Digital Production Unit oversaw the creation of Oregon State University’s institutional repository using DSpace, and worked with the University Archives and Special Collections to develop numerous digital collections utilizing the CONTENTdm platform.

Reese is the developer and software architect for the MarcEdit metadata software suite since the software’s creation in 1999. The MarcEdit user community is made up of representatives from over 117 countries and legal jurisdictions and is one of the most widely used applications for working with library metadata.

Reese will join The Ohio State University Libraries as an Associate Professor in the Information Technology division.  He is scheduled to assume the appointment April 1.

Terry, his wife and children will be joining us soon.  We’re looking forward to getting to know all of them and have the benefit of Terry’s expertise and experience applied to our initiatives.