Beth Black

Undergrad Engagement Librarian

Research and Education
Thompson Library
1858 Neil Ave Mall RM 221 Columbus, OH 43210
 614-688-5428 Download vCard

Beth Black is the undergraduate engagement librarian and an associate professor at The Ohio State University. She helps undergraduates learn about how the library supports their success through integration of library information and resources in a variety of student experiences. She focuses on first- and second-year students, working closely with Ohio State’s award-winning First Year Experience and Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP).

Consultation and Support Areas

  • Information Literacy
  • Instructional design
  • First-Year experience programs and library involvment
  • Second-Year experience programs and library involvment
  • Strengths Coaching

About Beth

Prior to joining Ohio State University Libraries in 2006, I worked in a public library for 13 years in a wide variety of roles. The customer service ethos of the public library greatly influenced my librarianship; it is evident in my focus on embedding the library into the campus community to support student success.

I enjoy working at the intersection of academic libraries, student affairs, and academic affairs, but my greatest passion is working directly with students. Serving as a STEP mentor, instructor for International Studies 4850, and workshop leader, I create learning experiences that help students relate information skills to their daily lives and academic path. I am also a certified Gallup Strengths coach, working with students and colleagues to provide a positive framework for personal, academic, and professional growth.



  • B.A. in History, Miami University
  • B.S. in Education, Miami University
  • M.L.S., Kent State University

Areas of Interest

  • Student success research
  • Second-year student support
  • Student transition
  • Coaching and personal development

Committees and Service

  • Appointment Promotion and Tenure
  • Faculty Advisory Council
  • Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice Committee
  • Management Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Council on Enrollments and Student Progress


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