The OSU Library employs more than 200 faculty, staff and students who serve the needs of the campus community. In addition to the Edmon Low Library, other libraries on the OSU-Stillwater campus include the William E. Brock Memorial Veterinary Medicine Library, the Mary L. Williams Curriculum Materials Library in the College of Education, and the Cunningham Architecture Library.
During her tenure as Dean, Johnson has focused on bringing the historic and iconic Edmon Low Library into the future both in terms of facilities and services. She has overseen transformative renovations to the Edmon Low Library, many of which were funded through private donations. Under Johnson’s guidance the OSU Library is building a reputation for embracing new technology while maintaining a foundation of quality service. The OSU Library was an early adopter of several innovative search products. As a result, OSU served as one of two development partners for Summon, which powers Google-like searching across all Library collections.
Johnson received her associate’s degree from Amarillo Junior College, her B.A. in history is from Baylor University, and her master of library science degree is from the University of Texas, Austin.
Before coming to OSU in 1978, she served as map librarian at Texas A&M University. At OSU, Johnson served as assistant professor and head of the circulation department from 1978-81, and was head of the Biological Sciences Reference Division from 1981-88, attaining the rank of associate professor in 1986. In 1989 she was named assistant university librarian for reference, instruction and collections. In 2000, she became OSU Libraries assistant dean of for public services and collections.
In 2012, Johnson embarked on a multiyear exploration of the future of libraries. With the help of an outside consultant, the OSU Library staff and faculty researched and discussed factors influencing research libraries, the changing nature of academic work, and contemporary initiatives being pursued by members of the Association of Research Libraries. The result was the development of a plan to redesign workflows and reporting structures to create an organization that can not only efficently and effectively meet the needs of today's researchers, but also one that is flexible enough to adapt quickly as those needs evolve. The process is documented on the "Library Futures" blog.
As an organization, we’ve spent the last two years exploring new roles for the Library. As a result our employees anticipate their work will change and they will be asked to undertake new tasks. Everyone understands that change will be a constant going forward and the library’s leadership team must be able to articulate and lead that change. Associate deans and department heads are expected to join into that effort and to help library faculty and staff to transition smoothly.
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