OhioLINK promotes three staff members with reorganization

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an eventful year during which the organization changed leadership and assisted its member libraries as they dealt with unprecedented COVID-19 changes, OhioLINK announces a reorganization that promotes three long-time staff to leadership. Judy Cobb, Joanna Voss, and Theda Schwing will move into newly created Associate Director roles.

“Judy, Joanna, and Theda stepped up to guide OhioLINK and its member libraries through pandemic-created challenges with their technical expertise, strategic thinking, and empathy,” said OhioLINK Executive Director Amy Pawlowski, who assumed directorship in February after serving as Deputy Director since 2013. “I’m confident in their capacity...

Chancellor Gardner appoints Pawlowski as OhioLINK executive director

Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner has named Amy Pawlowski executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium, effective immediately. Pawlowski joined OhioLINK in 2013 as deputy director for operations and e-licensing. She has served in an interim capacity since February.

Amy Pawlowski
Amy Pawlowski

“Amy has proven her leadership through this challenging pandemic environment,” said Chancellor Gardner. “Her valuable expertise in libraries and technology will ensure that OhioLINK continues to find innovative ways to make higher education more accessible and more affordable for Ohio’s students.”

In addition to her new role as executive director, she will continue to lead negotiations with publishers and information vendors to acquire shared electronic resources for OhioLINK’s...

Meet the Staff: Nichole Frederick

Nichole Frederick, Systems Librarian, is the most recent addition to the OhioLINK team. Nichole received her degree from Ohio State, and her Masters of Library Information Sciences from Kent State. Before joining OhioLINK, Nichole worked for the Ohio State University libraries.

OhioLINK recently spoke with Nichole about her professional responsibilities as well as her favorite books, her many hobbies and how she enjoys spending her free time.

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Where did you grow up?

I was born in Kettering but moved to Columbus when I was 8 years old. I grew up in Dublin.

In what subjects did you receive your degrees?

I have a BA in English with a focus on English Literature and...

Frederick joins OhioLINK as systems librarian

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 11, 2017) – OhioLINK is pleased to welcome a new member to its team. Nichole Frederick joined OhioLINK on May 1, 2017 as the OhioLINK systems librarian.


In this role, Frederick will work closely with OhioLINK’s coordinator of catalogs, with personnel from OH-TECH, and with OhioLINK member institutions to assist in planning, implementing, and managing central library catalog functions. She will provide support for OhioLINK’s library catalogs and the integration of local systems; the print lending system; and the OhioLINK link resolver and associated services.

“We’re very excited to have Nichole join us,” OhioLINK Deputy Director Amy Pawlowski said. “Nichole provides stability for key catalog functions and improves OhioLINK service to...

Meet the Staff Profile: Judith Cobb

Judith Cobb, OhioLINK’s digital curation coordinator, is the newest member to join the team. A librarian at heart, Cobb has spent many years working in library services. Prior to joining OhioLINK, Cobb spent over a decade at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center Inc.), most recently as a product manager for digital collection services.
In her new position, she will be building OhioLINK’s Digital Preservation Program from the ground up, by managing the implementation of Ex Libris Rosetta, a digital preservation platform. Cobb earned her master of library science from the University of Buffalo and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Houghton College.
Judith recently talked with OhioLINK about how library services have changed over the years, her accomplishment of teaching...

Meet the Staff Profile: Amy Pawlowski

Amy Pawlowski is OhioLINK’s deputy director and eResources licensing coordinator, though she claims she likes to think of herself as OhioLINK’s .exe file. Amy holds two degrees in music performance, which are a unique contrast to her master’s degree in library information science from Kent State University.

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Amy came to OhioLINK from the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), where she was the web applications manager and oversaw projects and eResources for CPL and the CLEVNET consortium.

Amy recently talked with OhioLINK about her background in music performance, her love for sewing and her surprising interest in regency romance novels.

How long have you been with OhioLINK?

I just celebrated my two-year anniversary...

Meet the Staff Profile: Erin Kilkenny

Erin Kilkenny, OhioLINK’s cataloging assistant, earned her undergraduate degree in art history & visual culture from Denison University and is currently working on a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University. Erin came to OhioLINK from Southwest Public Libraries, where she was an adult reference assistant.

Erin recently talked with OhioLINK about her goals for after graduation, her passion for dairy and her unexpected bookmark collection.


How long have you been with OhioLINK?

I’ve been with OhioLINK for three months – I was just hired in July!

What are your responsibilities as OhioLINK’s cataloging assistant?

I assist my manager, Emily Flynn, in copy cataloging resources that OhioLINK purchases. I also...

Meet the Staff Profile: Stefanie Cunningham

Stefanie Wolf Cunningham, OhioLINK’s executive assistant, earned her bachelor’s degree from Capital University where she majored in English. In addition to her time at Capital, she spent two years studying abroad at the Center for International Education in Moscow.

Cunningham, who worked as a library shelver throughout college, also has worked in University Press publishing. Before joining OhioLINK, she was a library specialist at Columbus State Community College and a collections and exhibitions intern at the Columbus Museum of Art.Stefanie Wolf

Stefanie recently sat down to talk about what led her to a job with OhioLINK, her study abroad experience in Russia, and her passion...

Meet the Staff Profile: Jennie Thomas

Jennie Thomas, OhioLINK’s Electronic Serials Clerk, earned her bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University where she double majored in history and government, and education – and her master’s in library science from Kent State University.

Jennie, who came out of retirement to join OhioLINK, previously worked as a public services librarian at The Athenaeum of Ohio, a Catholic seminary in Cincinnati. She also held two positions at the Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati as its serials librarian and interlibrary loan librarian.

Jennie Thomas, OhioLINK's Electronic Serials Clerk

Jennie recently talked to OhioLINK about the changes she’s witnessed in librarianship, her current library position, and her joys of being a grandmother.

How long have you been...

Meet the Staff Profile: Theda Schwing

Theda Schwing, OhioLINK’s Catalog Coordinator, earned her bachelor’s degree in integrated mathematics education from Miami University and her master’s in library science from Kent State University.Theda Schwing

Most recently she was the Technical Services Librarian at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she worked closely on her library’s migration to Sierra and their implementation of the EBSCO Discovery Service. Theda, who comes from a family of librarians, is following in their footsteps. 

OhioLINK recently talked to Theda about her passion for the job, her marathon accomplishments, and her surprising talent for juggling. 

What are your responsibilities as OhioLINK’s catalog coordinator?

My main responsibility is to maintain...