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Employee Focus – Judy Carey Nevin

Employee Focus – Judy Carey Nevin
Judy Carey Nevin, photo by Colin McGuire

Full Name: Judy Carey Nevin

  • Birthplace: suburb of Albany, New York
  • Title: Manager of Library Services
  • Department: Libraries
  • Number of Years as Librarian: 24
  • Number of Years at OU Lancaster: 8
  • Degrees/University/Dates: Management Science, with a focus on accounting, BS, SUNY (State University of New York) Geneseo, 1992; Master of Library Science, MLS, Rutgers—The State University, 1996

Greatest Accomplishment(s):

In librarianship,

  • Being selected for the ALA/ACRL (American Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries) Immersion 2008 intensive residential “boot camp” for librarians on a teaching track in their careers. I made connections at that intensive program who are still colleagues I consult today.
  • While I was newly in Ohio was teaming with a librarian from SUNY Albany (Trudi Jacobson) to do work on Team-Based Learning (TBL) in library instruction. We were the only librarians using TBL at the time. We presented at the national TBL conference (see pages 20-21 in the program) as well as the LOEX conference that year.
  • I used my TBL work with Trudi to create and get approved--then teach—a “J-Term” course for Otterbein students who were taking a 3-week course between fall and spring quarters.  Trudi went on to write an article about her experiences using TBL and acknowledged my work with her and my contribution of an exercise in her article (Jacobson, T. E. (2012). Team-Based Learning in an Information Literacy Course. Communications in Information Literacy, 5 (2),82-101.
  • Being elected to the board of the Academic Library Associate of Ohio
  • Being selected by presidents of the organization to serve on the annual conference planning committee for 3 years running.
  • Being selected and elected to sit on more than one committee within OhioLINK, the statewide consortium made up of over 100 academic libraries in the state of Ohio.
  • Being chosen for Library Leadership Ohio, class of ‘16, an intensive 5-day residential event for librarians with leadership potential
  • And being invited to be part of the selection process for the 2020 class of future leaders.


  • Having 4 books published, All Kinds of Kindness, 2020; All Kids Are Good Kids, 2019; What Mommies Like, 2018 and 2019 (picture book then board book); What Daddies Like, 2017 and 2019 (picture book then board book)
  • Having All Kinds of Kindness, released June 30, selected for the Best Books of the Month, July 2020, ages 0-2 List on Amazon.com
  • Having the board book editions of What Mommies Like and What Daddies Like chosen for Target stores across the country for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day promotions.
  • Having All Kinds of Kindness selected for the Amazon Best Children’s Books of the Year list, Ages 0-2


Q. What led you to Ohio University and how long have you been at the Lancaster campus?

  • My husband and I came to the state of Ohio for his job at Ohio University Lancaster. He started as an assistant professor of history and has since received tenure and a promotion to associate professor. I started my Ohio career at Otterbein University as the reference services coordinator but jumped at the chance to apply for the director position when it opened here about 2 years later.

Q: Who is your biggest role model and why?

  • My role models are people who are compassionate, honest, and generous. I can’t point to just one example, but those are the qualities that make a role model in my eyes. They’re the qualities I hope our daughter continues to develop as she matures.

Q. What is one thing your student [employees] may not know about you that you would like to share?

  • I have a tattoo. It’s pretty tame—a butterfly on my foot.
  • I am deathly, irrationally, afraid of being in small boats

Q. What is one (or two) books every student should read and why?

  • A librarian can never recommend just one book—instead of one book, what I wish every student, professor, staff member, member of our community—everyone around us—would pledge to do is to read outside of our comfort zone reading. Read biographies if you normally read historical fiction; read a mystery if you normally read romance, etc. And to take it even 1 step farther, I would ask that these books be by an author who represents an underrepresented population in some way. There are so many wonderful books in the world that we don’t stand a chance of reading them all, but wouldn’t it be great if we all discovered a new favorite author or genre?

Q. When you were in college, what were your interests?

  • My roommate freshman year was very introverted so we found fun things that didn’t involve big groups. One thing that was so fun—and way before the current popular fad—we bought really cheap coloring books at a discount store and did what we called “Picasso Coloring,” making everything a bizarrely out of place color. For example, the grass would be hot pink, the sky would be pastel pink, etc. It sounds weird, but it was fun and made us laugh.
  • I played the flute from elementary school until about 7 years ago. I was in the orchestra and played in a quintet.
  • We used to have huge “Spit” (card game) games in my dorm room—I loved to play “Spit”, solitaire, and other card games—still do.
  • Other than that, I was a very social person so I spent a lot of time with my friends, hanging out in the dorm, going dancing or to parties off campus. Once in a while we would go to Niagara Falls—it was 90 minutes or so from us.
  • It might help to know that I went to college in a town with 1 or 2 traffic lights, 1 grocery store, an ancient movie theatre, a few college-student restaurants (pizza, bagels, donuts, subs), and a music/book store. That was pretty much it. We were 40 minutes from the nearest city (Rochester), and many of us didn’t have cars.

Q. How would your co-workers describe your work style and personality?

  • I’m friendly and helpful (and a tad chatty). I love hearing from students when our work together helped them understand their research. And when faculty share that their students’ work shows improvement due to the resources they learn how to use with me.

Q: What is one piece of advice that you would give students?

  • Don’t be afraid to ask! Some students are afraid to enter the library because they feel uncomfortable opening the doors to an unfamiliar place. We have a comfortable, welcoming place just inside our doors and I would love to see more students in the library. Even when students don’t have questions, the library is a great place to study or to get on computers for relaxation—or for work.