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Welcome: Chang

Submitted by Josh Sadvari:  Lee-Arng Chang joins the Libraries’ staff as the Data Visualization Specialist on June 12.

Lee-Arng will be an instrumental member of the Research Commons team, helping to develop and implement a new suite of services around data visualization. Lee-Arng’s work will support the research needs of faculty and students around data visualization and visual thinking and will integrate relevant tools and techniques into teaching curricula.

Lee-Arng graduated from Ohio State in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design and has experience in visualization, prototyping, and product design through previous positions with the Michael Graves Design Group, Kimberly-Clark, and Spirit Halloween.

Please join us in welcoming Lee-Arng to the OSU Libraries.

Published, Posted: Franks

Recent scholarly work by Tina Franks.

Published in Print

Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Survey of Career Path Movement Within Academic, Public and Special Librarianship has now been published is in the latest issue of Journal of Library Administration.  The article is a result of research conducted during her 15-week Special Assignment.  Read about her research at:


Check out ALA’s blog for the New Member Round Table for a perspective of taking advantage of every opportunity that “pops up” throughout your librarianship career.


“Academic?  Corporate?  Public?  All of the Above?” was published in Information Outlook, the digital magazine of the Special Libraries Association.  As an invited contributor for the INFO RESEARCH column, her preliminary study of librarianship career path movement which was a contributed paper presentation at the SLA 2016 Annual Conference is featured.    


Congratulations: Johnson

Submitted by Brian Miller:  Congratulations to Tonya Johnson (Interlibrary Services) and her husband Adam on the birth of their son Samuel Thomas on Thursday, May 18.  Little Samuel was 7 lbs 14 oz and joins older brother Vincent.

Elaine Pritchard appointed Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries

From Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars: 

I am pleased to announce that Elaine Pritchard has been appointed Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries.

Elaine is currently Chief of Staff for Ohio State Vice Provost and Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Education, Wayne Carlson. Her office has oversight of undergraduate student support units, including Honors & Scholars, Office of Military and Veterans Services, ROTC, Second-Year Transformational Program, and several others. In her current role, Elaine works closely with key stakeholders – students, parents, administration, faculty, representatives from peer institutions, and others.

Elaine is co-founder and Immediate Past President of the Ohio State University Administrative Professionals, a grassroots organization of more than 350 administrative professionals. Prior to working in the Dean’s office, she was Training Coordinator for the Science and Technology Support Group at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).  At OSC, she led the Summer Institute, a residential program for gifted high school students interested in high performance computing. 

Elaine is a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

As Executive Assistant, Elaine will provide high-level administrative support for me and other members of the executive team. Elaine will also anticipate potential challenges, making recommendations for solutions and improvements. She will stay abreast of the Libraries’ objectives, policies, procedures, and related information, maintaining a comprehensive awareness of the Libraries’ operations.

Elaine will devote the majority of her time to providing administrative support and representing my office with our external constituents.  The remainder of her time will be focused on project management and supervision of support staff and/or student employees.

Elaine will be joining our staff on Thursday, June 1, working in Suite 418 of the Thompson Library.  Please join me in welcoming her to the Libraries.

Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros appointed Latin American Studies Librarian

From Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars:

I am pleased to announce that Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros has been appointed the Latin American Studies Librarian in University Libraries.  Pamela reports to José Díaz, Head of Area Studies.

Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros

With this tenure-track appointment, at the rank of Assistant Professor, Pamela will serve as Latin American Studies Librarian and liaison for Ohio State’s Latin American, Latino, Spanish and Portuguese  (LAT) collections and services, directly engaging the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU – Latino/a Studies Program, and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Pamela’s duties include advancing understanding of the global information environment, and exploring strategies for supporting co-curricular centers and initiatives on campus. She will work with faculty, students, and staff to integrate information literacy concepts and library resources into the curriculum, and offer on-demand research support.  Pamela will also work with other librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions for integrating distinctive content and services into the academic environment.

Pamela’s extensive experience includes supporting international research initiatives between the United States and Mexico, instructing bilingual digital literacy classes, and coordinating programming for youth, teens, and adults.  As a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico City, Mexico, she coordinated an educational campaign for a national conservation initiative designed to unite diverse regions of Mexico around the preservation of their national bird, the Golden Eagle.

Pamela came to University Libraries from the San Diego County Library and Sedona Public Library where she acquired material for the adult Spanish collection serving 33 county branch libraries in San Diego County and a network of 42 public, academic, K-12, and museum libraries in Yavapai County.  Previously, Pamela held positions with the Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza [Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature], and the Sisters of Saint Francis, Saint Marianne Cope Museum, as an intern in collection development. 

Pamela received her MS in Library and Information Science from the Syracuse University, School of Information.  She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the University of San Diego, with a minor in Latin American Studies. 

As Head of Area Studies, José’s emphasis will shift to advancing the Libraries’ support for global studies broadly and leading the evolution of Area Studies engagement strategies.  This includes initiatives critical to connecting the Libraries’ area studies resources to users, such as highlighting distinctive collections, leveraging electronic resources, and advancing responsive, integrated and dynamic research services and instruction focused on the needs of faculty and students of the area studies centers and the languages, literatures and cultures departments.  Jose will lead Area Studies in partnering across the Library to deploy emerging research services including data services, data management, visualization software, knowledge management tools and geospatial/GIS expertise to advance the work of area studies users.

Welcome Visiting Scholar – Meyer

Submitted by Kristin Gall:  Please join us in welcoming our incoming Visiting Scholar, Ashley Meyer, who is joining University Libraries from May 8 – June 5, 2017 with financial support from the Irwin and Jane Spector Memorial Fund.

Ashley is currently a PhD student at Texas Tech University. During her visit, Ashley will be utilizing OSUL’s Special Collections, specifically the Emile Jaques-Dalcroze collections in the Theatre Research Institute, to examine philosophies and practical applications of rhythmic acting and incorporating this information into her dissertation research.

Leigh Bonds featured on Podcast Cbus Libraries

Submitted by Meris Mandernach:  Leigh Bonds was featured on DH for Cbus Libraries check out her interview at:

Ad Libs Podcast: Leigh Bonds + OSU Libraries




Kathryn Beach, Julie Higgins and Jared Ogier 2017 Director’s Award recipients

University Libraries’ staff members Kathryn Beach, Julie Higgins and Jared Ogier each received the Director’s Award from Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars during the May 8 Staff Appreciation and Recognition Luncheon at the Thompson Library.

Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Damon Jaggars, left, with 2017 Director’s Award recipients Julie Higgins, Kathryn Beach and Jarod Ogier.

The Director’s Award is presented to acknowledge staff members’ exceptional service to their department, the Libraries and The Ohio State University.  The award:

  • recognizes excellence and achievement in overall work performance;
  • rewards outstanding and valuable service to libraries, and
  • gives credit for the initiative and creativity demonstrated by staff members.

It provides special recognition for individuals who have demonstrated both high quality work and dedication to the Libraries.

Kathryn is being honored for her outstanding work as University Libraries’ Senior Accountant in the Business Office. She finds answers to her customers’ questions quickly, enabling them to do their own jobs more efficiently. Kathryn carries out her work with respect, cordiality and a touch of humor.


Julie is being recognized for her commitment to providing outstanding customer service to library patrons and colleagues. She continually displays a willingness to assist others, even when their requests go beyond the the expectations of her job. Julie’s practice of volunteering to lead new initiatives whenever needed exemplify the spirit of service that make her a role model for her Libraries co-workers.


Jarod, Circulation and Media Services Supervisor with Music and Dance, received this award for his commitment to Libraries patrons and the entire University Libraries community. His exemplary attention to detail enable him to support numerous initiatives, including exceptional accomplishments at several professional conferences. His committee work, including that as head of the Staff Advisory Council, have earned him the respect of his colleagues.


Each of the Director’s Award recipients will receive a $750 payroll award and a certificate of recognition.

Staff additions and changes: Fox, Younkin

Welcome to Linnea Fox who is starting Monday, May 8 as a part-time, temporary Publishing and Repository Services (PRS) Program Assistant, reporting to Maureen Walsh.  Linnea will be performing production work, including submitting content, creating metadata, HTML layout editing, documenting workflows and tracking projects in the project database.  Linnea has worked for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and at the 18th Avenue Library as a student technical assistant.  She is an Ohio State graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese.

Chris Younkin has transitioned to the term Instructional Aides Assistant role in Research and Education as of May 1.  He was previously a temporary employee in this role.  Chris facilitates, coordinates and manages University Libraries’ services in support of first-year students.


Welcome Kevin Bauer

Submitted by Kristin Gall:  Kevin Bauer joined the staff on May 1 as eResources Licensing Coordinator in the Acquisitions Department of the Content & Access Division.

In this position, Kevin will evaluate licenses for databases, online journals and other library-related electronic resources according to university guidelines.  He will also develop and manage the licensing module of the Innovative Sierra Electronic Resources Management System, and assist the Electronic Resources Coordinator in maintaining and evaluating the Electronic Resources Management System.

Kevin joins University Libraries from the Upper Arlington Public Library, where he worked as the Emerging Technologies Librarian.  He also worked as a Homework Help Center Coordinator at the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

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