Position Title: Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries
Employer: The Ohio State University
Degree/Year: MLIS, 1981
Carol Pitts Diedrichs
"Working at a university library inspires me every day – I know we make a difference."
As the Director of a major research library system, Carol believes one of the keys to her success was being lucky enough to know very early on that she wanted to be a librarian. She completed her undergraduate degree in Library Science from Baylor University and went directly to UT for her master’s in Library and Information Science. While pursuing her masters, Carol’s passion for librarianship continued to grow.
During her studies at the iSchool, Carol had every intention of becoming a medical librarian. However, one fateful semester she enrolled in Cataloguing with Dr. Layton Murphy. She remembers Dr. Murphy asking her, “have you ever thought about a career in cataloging?” As she began looking for a job, she found that her lack of a science background was a real barrier to getting a medical librarian position, and remembering Dr. Murphy’s words, she turned her focus to the cataloging world. Her first position was as a temporary cataloger at the University of Houston, where she was promoted to Head of Acquisitions within her first year of employment. Carol loved technical services work and thrived in the acquisitions arena, and her passion allowed her to quickly move up to the Assistant Director level.
Carol is now the Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University System. She provides administrative and operational leadership for the 16 libraries on the OSU campuses, has an operating budget of more than $30 million, and employs more than 250 employees. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction and policy direction of the Libraries. She also has a university-wide leadership role in the development and implementation of information technologies and digital library capabilities.
For Carol, being an academic librarian lets her see firsthand the difference she and her employees make in the students’ and faculties’ lives. Her work is vital to student success in school – whether it’s providing special collections materials to spark interest in a field or teaching them how to use and evaluate information on the web more critically. For faculty, her team is fundamental to their teaching and research – providing extraordinary collections and working in partnership with faculty to support their research. For Carol, working in an academic library means making a positive impact on students' futures.