Six new employees, some who are familiar with the University and some who are new faces, have joined the staff at Alden Library as students settle in for the fall semester.
Dr. Bryan McGeary, subject librarian for the humanities, is no stranger to Ohio University, where he earned his master’s degree in journalism.
McGeary said he enjoyed his time as a graduate student at the University. He utilized the Libraries’ resources as a student and is excited to return to where he learned how to do scholarly research.
“I spent many weekends down on the first floor of Alden going through microfilm of back issues of Rolling Stone magazine for various research projects I worked on, including my master’s thesis, which is now sitting on a shelf up on the 7th floor—a bit surreal,” he said.
McGeary, the liaison for the departments of modern languages, linguistics and philosophy, as well as the University College and Honors Tutorial College, is looking forward to collaborating with students and faculty.
“One of the things I enjoy most about being a librarian is that you get to meet so many different people, and the process of learning about them and helping them with their research needs is highly rewarding,” he said. “It keeps things very refreshing too because no two days are alike.”
McGeary also earned a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh; a Ph.D. in American culture studies and a graduate certificate in public history from Bowling Green State University; and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Stacey Lavender, digital projects librarian for arts and archives, comes to Alden from the University of Houston, where she served as the university’s Houston Arts and History Archives Fellow, processing archival collections and curating digital projects. Lavender loves working with digital collections and was enthusiastic about applying when she heard about the digital projects librarian opening at OHIO.
In her new role with Ohio University Libraries, she will be digitizing special collections and expanding the University’s digital library. She will also work on developing policies and procedures for the Libraries’ digital resources.
“The Mahn Center has some truly wonderful and unique holdings, so I can’t wait to immerse myself in those materials and start identifying things to make available online,” she said.
She is also looking forward to collaborating with her colleagues.
“Everyone has been so kind and welcoming so far, so I’m confident that this is going to be a great place for collaboration,” she said.
Lavender earned a master’s degree in information with two specializations in archives and records management, and human-computer interaction from the University of Michigan.
Macie Penrod, library support associate in Collections Assessment and Access, is returning to OHIO after receiving her bachelor’s degree in English. During her time at the University, she was a student worker in Patron-Initiated Circulation (PCIRC), which manages incoming and outgoing materials from OhioLink, as well as faculty/staff delivery service. While in this position, she realized libraries were the career for her.
“I became increasingly interested in the ins and outs of the academic library. I was also able to be in contact with all of the great staff employed at Alden and learn more about them and what they do,” Penrod said. “The more I thought about my skill set and my future, the more a career in academic libraries seemed like the right fit for me.”
Penrod assists with the assessment of PCIRC materials and data, and will manage the service desks and supervise student workers in the evenings and on weekends. Her future plans include a master’s degree in library and information science. She said her experience at Alden Library will prepare her for her graduate program and help her further her career in libraries.
Courtney Brown, library support specialist in reference, graduated from OHIO with a bachelor’s degree in English. She comes to the University from Ohioana Library Association in Columbus, an archival library that collects the work of Ohio authors or materials about Ohio. During her time there, she organized a book festival and other events.
Brown, who is responsible for scheduling student employees at service desks in Alden, is looking forward to working with members of the OHIO community, where she forged valuable friendships during her own time as a student.
“I have been very warmly welcomed and feel very happy to be here,” she said. “I’m most looking forward to meeting and helping students during their time here, but also I’m very happy to have such an interesting job and to make new friends and colleagues.”
Karmen Beecroft, digital projects librarian for Digital Initiatives, is combining knowledge from both her degrees for her new position at Alden Library. She received her bachelor’s degree in history with a museum studies specialization from Michigan State University, and a master’s in information with a library services specialization from the University of Michigan. She previously worked in document delivery and special collections at the University of Michigan Libraries.
Beecroft said she applied for the new position because it offers “an opportunity to highlight and facilitate access to some of Ohio University Libraries’ historical treasures.” She will be spending plenty of time with historical artifacts in her new role—she will be working to make materials findable and available through digital preservation.
Joseph Walden, library support associate and overnight supervisor in the Learning Commons, holds master’s degrees in music theory and music composition from OHIO, as well as a bachelor’s in music education from Alderson-Broaddus College.
Walden is an arranger and composer and has worked with a variety of groups ranging from middle school bands to professional orchestras. As a graduate student at OHIO, he worked in the Music and Dance Library. After graduation, he accepted a position as a temporary library associate there and became interested in a career in libraries, so he immediately applied when he saw that Alden was hiring.
“I’m looking forward to continue helping patrons achieve their academic goals,” he said. “Over in Music and Dance, I would help patrons find the resources for projects or to help them with their homework, and I am looking forward to continuing that here in Alden.”
In his new position, Walden trains new student workers, helps patrons with research, and resolves technology issues.