University Libraries Announces Kay K. Clopton as Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian


Portrait of Kay Clopton in front of the book stacks at Thompson Library.
Kay K. Clopton

University Libraries is pleased to announce that Kay K. Clopton, University Libraries’ Mary P. Key Diversity Resident for Cultural Diversity Inquiry, has accepted a new position as Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian.

Kay will serve as liaison to the Departments of History, Philosophy and Anthropology and will also support portions of the Glenn College of Public Affairs. Kay will establish programmatic approaches to build partnerships and deliver Libraries' resources and services to a wide variety of students, faculty and staff in the Ohio State academic community and beyond. She will employ her understanding of new technologies and research methodologies to advance and deepen research support and strategically advance teaching and learning initiatives aimed at student success.

Kay joined University Libraries in 2018 as a Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. In her role at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, she was responsible for processing manga-related materials in the collection and taught a number of undergraduate classes. She was also actively involved with the First- and Second-Year Transformational Experience Programs introducing students to special collections. In addition to teaching, she facilitated tours for students, faculty, guests and the general public.

She previously taught several Comparative Studies courses while a graduate student at Ohio State and served in multiple roles within the university.

Kay has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s of Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University. She earned a Master’s of Library and Information Studies from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies from The Ohio State University.

Kay’s appointment begins on January 3, 2022. She will report to Deidra Herring, Head of the Humanities and Social Sciences Cohort.