After 22 years and six months, Anita Cook will say farewell to OhioLINK.
Cook, who currently serves as coordinator of OhioLINK catalogs, will begin her retirement on Oct. 1, 2014.
She began her librarianship career as circulation supervisor at the University of Denver’s Penrose Library, followed by 11 years as systems coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined OhioLINK on March 2, 1992, as one of the organization’s first employees.
"Anita's value to OhioLINK is immeasurable. Her tireless work, extensive expertise and great attitude will be greatly missed, both within the OhioLINK offices and among the membership," said Gwen Evans, executive director, OhioLINK.
Over the course of her tenure, Cook has been instrumental to OhioLINK’s growth. She worked with the founding executive director Tom Sanville to develop and hire the first catalog and reference specialist positions, as well as coordinated the development of the statewide electronic catalog system.
One of Cook’s favorite memories was when the PCIRC – short for Patron Initiated Circulation – went live in January 1994, with 10 consortium members.
“We built this system among our members to share resources, and from the very first day we got requests,” she said. “It was amazing how many people found it without a lot of marketing.”
Since then, Cook has seen OhioLINK adapt to meet patrons’ changing expectations. In addition to the Central Catalog for print materials, OhioLINK now offers millions of full-text articles through its Electronic Journal Center, provides eBooks via the Electronic Book Center, and collects and shares Ohio’s intellectual capital through the Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center.
“Working here is the highlight of my career, and this a great place to end a career,” Cook said. “I’m sad about leaving, but happy to be moving to another stage of my life.”
Cook plans to move to Las Vegas to be closer to family and friends. She’ll be traveling, cooking, reading and eventually doing some consulting.