People & Library News

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) News
Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is pleased to announce the following promotions and new library staff members:

Brian Gray: Special Projects Officer (3/1/19)
Previous position: Research Services Team Leader, KSL, CWRU

Jen Green: Digital Learning & Scholarship Team Leader (3/1/19)
Previous position: Digital Scholarship Librarian, Dartmouth College Library, Dartmouth College.

Jen Starkey: Research Services Team Leader (4/1/19)
Previous position: Research Services Librarian, KSL, CWRU

Naomi Langer: Library Assistant V (6/3/19)
Previous position: Photographer and Sales Associate, Ripcho Studio.

Julia Teran: Archivist (6/17/19)
Previous position: Term Archivist. Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

Erin Smith: Research Services Librarian for the Humanities (9/9/19)
Previous position: Library Assistant IV (Student Supervisor). KSL, CWRU

Publication Announcement:
Brian C. Gray (Special Projects Officer) and E. Gail Reese (Associate Director for Public Engagement and Library Administration) of the Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, co-authored a book with two others on personal librarian programs. Personal Librarians – Building Relationships for Student Success ( provides practical advice and case studies examining how to develop, sustain, and assess personal librarian programs.

–Brian C. Gray, Case Western Reserve University
Oberlin College News

Oberlin College welcomed Timothy Keller, new Head of Discovery and Metadata Services. Keller comes to Oberlin from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he was Head of Cataloging and Metadata. Previously he worked as University Cataloger at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea.

Megan Mitchell has been appointed Coordinator of Academic Engagement and Digital Initiatives/Team Lead, Instruction. She will focus on strengthening the libraries’ engagement with faculty and various faculty-focused and faculty-led centers and entities. Previously, Mitchell served as Digital Initiatives Librarian at Oberlin; prior to that, she was one of four Reference and Instruction Librarians in Oberlin’s Main Library.

–Alison Ricker, Oberlin College


The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library News


  • Lynda Hartel was recently named assistant vice president, Health Sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library (HSL). Lynda is associate professor and has served the HSL in various capacities since 1991. Now she will lead the strategic planning, budgeting, and programs in support of over 27,000 faculty, staff and students in the College of Medicine, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health as well as the Wexner Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital, and related research institutes.
  • Judith Wiener has been named associate director for collections and outreach. Judith is associate professor and has been at the HSL since 2001.  In addition to leading general and special collections services and outreach efforts, Judith manages HSL fundraising and development programs.
  • Stephanie Schulte has been named assistant director for research and education. Stephanie is associate professor and has been at the HSL since 2008.  Stephanie directs health sciences research, education, and clinical information services and is leading several space planning initiatives.
  • Eric Schnell has been named assistant director for technology and communications. Eric is professor and has been at the HSL since 1992. In this position, Eric oversees library IT systems and operations, medical illustration and graphic design services, and an expanded communications and marketing effort.
  • Missy Creed has been named consumer health librarian at the HSL’s Library for Health Information, located in the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Having recently completed both levels of the MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program, Missy is leading a variety of expanding consumer health programs.


In May, the HSL received an All of Us Community Engagement Network Ambassador Program Award from the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  With this $95,000 award, the HSL will serve as a link between the NIH All of Us Research Program, area public libraries, community organizations, hospitals, and individuals from underrepresented populations in Franklin County, Ohio. Hartel, Wiener, and Creed are leading these efforts in collaboration with partners including the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and the library at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.


The HSL physical space is also changing. The HSL occupies space on five of seven floors in Prior Hall. Over the last year, the HSL has been gathering current and future space-related ideas from students, staff and faculty. In August, all general collection books and journals were moved to an OSU Medical Center space located just off-campus.  Materials will be delivered to the HSL customers via campus courier.  This move allows the HSL to provide a full floor of quiet study space complete with new carpeting, updated furnishings and lighting, and a prayer/meditation area.  This renovation is scheduled for next year along with renovations to the busier, more collaborative spaces on the first and fourth floors.


Wright State University News51107 Heather Back, LIBRARY PUBLIC SERVICES Reference & Instruct Librarian, 8-9-19, Studio Portrait

Wright State University Libraries are pleased to introduce the newest member of our staff, Heather Back. As the Student Success Librarian, she will coordinate First-Year instruction, English Composition instruction, lead the collaboration with the University Writing Center, and serve as the liaison to the Education programs in the College of Education and Human Services.

A native Tennessean, Heather holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature with a minor in Information Studies from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master’s in Information Sciences, also from University of Tennessee Knoxville.

–Mandy Shannon, Wright State University

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