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Terry Paul Reese, Jr., MLIS

  • Associate Professor, University Libraries
    The Ohio State University


  • As the Head of Digital Initiatives at The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL), I am charged with designing and managing strategic initiatives related to the development and implementation of the Libraries digital libraries infrastructure, as well as providing guidance related to the Ohio State University Libraries’ universal discovery and preservation service initiatives. This responsibility ranges from coordination and implementation of new services, to representing the Libraries at national and international events pertaining to such issues as the development of standards and best practices related to the development and evolution of digital library practices. In this role, I build relationships across the Libraries and with our peer institutions, to understand how the digital library environment is evolving and work to place OSUL in the best position to support not just our current service model, but anticipate and support the Libraries’ mission into the future. As the Head of Digital Initiatives, I work with many colleagues from around the Libraries to evaluate how OSUL can provide the digital services, access, and necessary preservation infrastructure that the Libraries and our community have come to expect. I collaborate with:

    * Curators and researchers interested in building digital collections and projects regarding the best approaches to developing long-term and sustainable projects.

    * Infrastructure Support and Applications Development and Support (AD&S) departments to ensure that the systems that OSUL develops and utilizes support the broad digital initiatives vision. I work with these groups around implementation and development of services, as well as when evaluating new technologies to meet growing service needs.

    * The Strategic Digital Initiatives Working Group (SDIWG) which is made up of heads from various departments within the Libraries. This group collaborates to shape the priorities and vision of the Libraries’ digital initiatives program, supporting the work and identifying new unmet needs within the Libraries.

    * OSUL’s Digital Content Services to ensure that the Libraries is able to meet the preservation, access, and discovery needs around the Libraries’ repository and publications programs.

    * OSUL’s Special Collections and Archives departments, to support the innovative services and research needs of the curators and community, as well as identify functionality and systems necessary to support long-term preservation and access.

    * OSUL’s Research Services and Teaching and Learning departments, to support the current and emerging instructional and discovery needs of the campus community.

    * OSUL peer institutions and member organizations such as the ArchivesSpace, Hydra, Fedora, and Digital Preservation Network communities to ensure that the services developed support not just the needs expressed at OSUL, but provide significant value for the larger library community.

    Prior to my tenure at The Ohio State University Libraries, I served for 14 years at the Oregon State University Libraries (ORSTL) in a variety of roles. At the ORSTL, I held positions as a Library Technician cataloging cartographic materials (prior to receiving my Masters of Library Science (MLS)), as the Digital Production Unit Head where I oversaw all digitization efforts in the Libraries as well as supervised both faculty and non-faculty, and finally as the Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services where I served on the Libraries senior administrative team.

    I earned my Masters of Library Science from Florida State University in 2002, having previously earned my Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Oregon in 1999.