We are pleased to announce that Karen Wilhoit has been appointed Interim University Librarian.
Karen came to Wright State University Libraries in 1992 as Head of Cataloging. Prior to being appointed interim UL, she served as Associate University Librarian for Collection Services since 2004. In her various roles in the Libraries, Karen has managed the streamlining and automation of technical services operations, guided the merger of the Fordham Health Sciences Library and Dunbar Library collections, and overseen the transition of the Libraries’ collections from primarily print to primarily online. She has a thorough understanding of the University Libraries and its role in the university. In addition to an undergraduate degree in English from Western Kentucky University, Karen holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University.
Speaking about her goals and plans for the 2021-2022 year, Karen said, “I plan to spend time meeting with the staff to focus on how the various departments within the Libraries can continue to work together to support initiatives focusing on student success and outreach to faculty. I also intend to work with the Division of Inclusive Excellence to prioritize the Libraries’ commitment to being a welcoming and supportive unit for all members of the campus community. Most importantly, I am committed to insuring that the Libraries continue to provide outstanding service to Wright State students, faculty and staff.”
During her tenure at Wright State, Karen has been active in representing the Libraries in state and national committees and consortia, serving on and chairing the OhioLINK Database Management and Standards Committee and the OhioLINK Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee. She has also been active in the Academic Library Association of Ohio, serving at various times as Chair of the Technical Services interest group, Treasurer, and Vice President/President/Past President. Karen has also served on several committees in the Technical Services Division of the American Library Association.