Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Library Director Judy Carey Nevin has been elected by members of OhioLINK to be the two-year library directors representative on the Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee (CIRM). CIRM decides which electronic resources OhioLINK will spend its money on and how the fees will be shared among the member institutions.
“Electronic resources provide our students with access to millions of scholarly articles from any computer anywhere,” said Carey Nevin. “Without membership in OhioLINK, students’ access to scholarly resources would be severely limited.”
The Ohio Library and Information Network, OhioLINK, is a consortium of 90 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need for teaching and research.
“I will represent the two-year and regional campus libraries’ interests,” said Carey Nevin. “I will also maintaining my position as the two-year representative on the Library Advisory Council, which is a powerful group of directors also from the founding institutions. LAC sets policies and initiatives for OhioLINK.”
Serving more than 600,000 students, faculty, and staff, OhioLINK’s membership includes 16 public/research universities, 23 community/technical colleges, 51 independent colleges and the State Library of Ohio.
“The 90 libraries are made up of large research universities and those schools have multiple libraries within each institution. Then, there are community colleges with thousands and thousands of students,” said Carey Nevin. “And there are regional campuses that don’t always get a voice. So, I will be that voice for both two-year campuses and regional campuses on both the advisory council and the resource management committee.” Carey Nevin is familiar with the concerns of four-year colleges, community colleges, and branch campuses: her career path has taken her from a high school to a community college, to a 4-year college, to OUL.
“The importance and impact of such service can’t be overstated,” said Ohio University Dean of Libraries Scott Seaman. “CIRM, in particular, directs nearly $30,000,000 annually in electronic journal and database purchases for the OhioLINK membership. Their recommendations determine the library resources faculty and students use on a daily basis. Election to any of these committees is quite a distinction and an opportunity to communicate our faculty’s and student’s needs to the state.”
“Judy’s experience and insight into library needs at all levels of education provides a unique and needed perspective at the state level,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Dr. Jim Smith. “I am very pleased that Judy has taken these roles on state library committees.”
CIRM meets once a month at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus and the LAC meets three times a year. In addition to Carey Nevin’s OhioLINK responsibilities, she was also selected to be on a planning committee for the Academic Library Association of Ohio 2014 annual conference.