Dear Library Faculty and Staff
It is with very mixed emotions that I have informed Provost Steinmetz of my intention to step down as Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries on January 31, 2016.
It has been my greatest honor and privilege to serve as your Director for the last 5 years and as your colleague for 21 years. In January 2010, I returned to The Ohio State University Libraries to my dream job. When I first came to OSU as a 29-year-old, I could never have imagined that I would someday lead OSU Libraries. In fact, I thought I would spend a few brief years in Ohio advancing my career, and then return to a next job back in the south (at least that is what I told my family who couldn’t imagine me living among the “Yankees”). But I fell in love with Ohio and Ohio State and I also fell in love with a Cincinnati native, my husband, Frank. Having known from a very early age that I wanted to be a librarian, I have had a much accelerated career. My administrative career now spans 33 years. As a result, I would like to begin another phase of my professional life.
Once I retire at the end of January, I will have the usual separation period and then return to complete work as the co-chair of the IFLA 2016 National Committee. Following that Congress in Columbus in August 2016, I will conclude my time at OSU but continue my professional involvement in libraries in other ways. Those changes will also afford me the opportunity after 20 years of marriage to finally live with my husband full-time in our home in Scottsdale, AZ.
There will be time over the coming months to talk about how much my time at OSU has meant to me and how I feel about the work we have done together. Together we have created a library system that is the pride of the University. Each of you, and your predecessors, have defined and built a library with an abiding culture of service, unequalled professionalism, and an unrelenting quest for excellence. During this period, I, and I hope each of you, will continue to move full speed ahead on achieving the goals we have set. With your support, the next Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries will lead the Libraries to even greater success.
The Provost will soon be appointing a search committee to begin the process of recruitment. My announcement now is intended to provide ample time for a good transition.