I am a Professor and hold the appointment of University Archivist and Head of Archives at The Ohio State University. I was hired by Ohio State in 1998 as the Assistant University Archivist, promoted to Associate University Archivist in 2000, and became University Archivist and Head of Archives in 2011. As I have grown as a leader and in my librarianship, I have concentrated on outreach and engagement in the broadest sense – strongly believing in the university’s land-grant mission of serving the public.
In my role as Head of Archives I provide leadership to the Libraries’ three archival programs: the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program, the Ohio Congressional Archives, and the Ohio State University Archives (I refer to these programs jointly as “Archives”). These programs are advanced by six faculty and staff members who interact with patrons and donors on campus, nationally, and internationally. As department head, I strongly advocate for the resources needed by and the expertise inherent in the Archives while promoting the direction of the larger division and organization.
As University Archivist, I oversee and implement outreach and engagement for the University Archives both on and off campus and administer the university’s records management program. In my capacity as keeper of the university’s memory, I am committed to providing open access of public records to all researchers in compliance with Ohio’s public records law.
My service profile on campus includes leadership positions in the Libraries and on campus-wide committees. I have held elected positions in state, regional, and national archival organizations. For the Society of American Archivists, I chaired the largest section in the association, the College and University Archives Section, and currently chair the Big Ten Academic Alliance’s University Archivists Group.
I integrate my librarianship and service activities into my scholarship, using my publications and presentations to promote discussion in the field on topics such as access, outreach, and teaching. I am asked to present at conferences on leadership and management, records and appraisal, and teaching with primary sources. I engage with other archivists through literature and presentations, and the knowledge I gain informs and enhances my own librarianship.