Submitted by Randall McKenzie:
Matt Carmean will be retiring from his position as Operations Supervisor at the Library Book Depository (Library Associate 2) on January 29, 2021.
Matt began his career with University Libraries as a student employee, serving in multiple roles at the Business Library, Education Library, Fine Arts Library, Womens Studies Library, Main Library Circulation, Journalism Library and the original Goodale Blvd. Depository location from 1984 until 1990. He joined the University Libraries staff in 1990 as a part-time Library Assistant in circulation at Thompson Library (then known as the Main Library). Later that year, Matt moved into a full-time position as a Serials Clerk at the Chemistry Library. In 1991, he began the position of full-time LMTA 2 Evening Supervisor and Closed Reserve clerk in the Business Library. In 1992, he returned to a part-time position as Library Associate 2 in Main Library Circulation before temporarily leaving University Libraries in 1998 in order to spend more time with his young daughter. In 2004, he took a job with Columbus Metropolitan Libraries (CML) where he served for 11 years, returning to University Libraries in his current position at the Depository in 2015. In this role, Matt supervised the daytime weekday activities of the Depository’s processing and storage areas as well as daily delivery to Thompson and 18th Avenue Libraries. He also assisted with scanning operations to fill interlibrary copy requests for Depository materials.
“Having worked in both the public library and the University Libraries, I will state my feelings that University Libraries is by far the better place to work and that the Library of Congress call number system is clearly superior to Dewey Decimal,” says Matt. “While I was at CML I dreamed of returning to University Libraries someday and I was thrilled when the opportunity arrived!” Matt also credits Donna DeGeorge, his mentor, for his career success.
We thank Matt for his many years of service with University Libraries, and wish him the best in retirement!