Jane Wildermuth named head of Special Collections and Archives

Jane Wildermuth has worked at the University Libraries for 22 years.

Jane Wildermuth will be the new head of the Special Collections and Archives Department in the Wright State University Libraries.

Wildermuth has worked at the University Libraries for 22 years. Her first seven years were as an archivist in Special Collections and Archives, providing reference and outreach services, teaching classes in the Public History program and processing collections.

In 2006, she created and became the department head of the Digital Initiatives and Repository Services Department, responsible for maintaining CORE Scholar, the Libraries’ institutional repository, including collecting, preserving and disseminating digital materials, and digitizing historical collections.

In her new role, Wildermuth will combine her experience in both areas as the talented staff and outstanding services of both departments merge under her leadership.

“I look forward to leading this new department for the University Libraries,” Wildermuth said. “I have been afforded a wonderful opportunity to work with a hardworking and knowledgeable staff. I am also excited to return to my roots and work with the archival and aviation communities.”

During her tenure at Wright State, Wildermuth has been active in both the archives and the institutional repository communities. She has served as both president and treasurer of the Society of Ohio Archivists and currently serves on the society’s nominating and marketing and communications committees.

Since 2014, she has organized Ohio Institutional Repository Day, a semiannual event in Columbus for information professionals who manage online collections of digital material. As the first chair of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Management Committee in 2008, she worked with library professionals throughout the state to develop standards and practices for institutional repositories. She also implemented the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons and the Digital Commons from bepress at Wright State.

In 2019 Wildermuth was honored for distinguished service by the Academic Library Association of Ohio when she received a TEDDY Award from the association’s Technical Electronic and Digital Services Interest Group. The TEDDY Award recognizes significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields.

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