As Ohio University Libraries continues to evolve, the addition of new staff members is necessary to accommodate the needs of students, faculty and researchers who rely on the Libraries each day.
In June, the Libraries welcomed two new staff members: Sandy Gekosky, a library support associate for the Annex, and Paul Campbell, subject librarian for the social sciences.
Sandy Gekosky, an OHIO alumna and former librarian, began working as a library support associate at the Southeast Ohio Regional Library Depository in the Library Annex on June 13.
“I am very excited to be a member of the Alden Library community and look forward to working with familiar staff again!” said Gekosky. “Alden is such a vibrant and stimulating library! I enjoy working with my coworkers: Jeff, Rose Ann, and Miriam. They were very enthusiastic and patient with me during my first two weeks! As a lifelong learner, I am thrilled to add a new skill set to my repertoire.”
In her new position, Gekosky’s primary responsibilities include: managing the access and delivery of the Libraries’ collections to faculty, students and OHIOLink users; monitoring the Libraries’ collections for the preservation of materials; and training student employees, among other tasks.
“I enjoy the constant movement of this position! I move from my desk, to the 19’ high shelves of library materials in the warehouse, to Alden, and to various locations on campus delivering library items and visiting with Library staff,” said Gekosky.
Prior to rejoining the staff at the Libraries, Gekosky worked at the library at West Virginia University at Parkersburg for five years. During this time, she held several key positions such as: evening supervisor and staff librarian, library technical assistant, and course reserves and circulation manager.
Gekosky earned a BA in art from Rutgers University (’85); an MLS from Kent State University (’99); and an MFA in art history from Ohio University (‘05).
Meet Paul Campbell
Paul Campbell began his position as the subject liaison for the social sciences on June 20, however he is no stranger to Alden Library because he worked as an overnight supervisor for the second floor Learning Commons from 2010-2012.
“My library degree is from Kent State, but I have always considered my experience in Alden’s Learning Commons as the place where I truly learned how to be a librarian,” said Campbell. “My passion for librarianship started right here, and needless to say, I am thrilled to be back.”
In his new position, Campbell will work with faculty and students in the social sciences. His responsibilities will include: collaborating with faculty in developing the library collections that are pertinent to their research; integrating library services and collections into the social science curriculum; and working with students to encourage engagement with the Libraries’ diverse offering of resources; among other tasks.
“Now that I am at a top-tier research university, I am really looking forward to participating in scholarly communication with the faculty I will be working with,” said Campbell.
Campbell previously held a position as the instructional librarian and the instructional designer at the Ohio University Lancaster campus, where he worked directly with faculty and became well versed in Blackboard and taught online courses.
“This dual position allowed me to further develop my skills as an instructional librarian because I was able to teach Information Literacy in a wide variety of disciplines,” said Campbell.
Prior to that, he served as the reference and instruction librarian at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
Campbell received his BA in political science from the University of New Mexico (’07) and an MLIS from Kent State University (’12).
Please join Ohio University Libraries in welcoming Sandy and Paul!