The Miami University Board of Trustees approved promotion to Principal Librarian to Jessie Long during their meeting on Friday, Feb. 25. Long is the Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Gardner-Harvey Library on the Miami University Middletown campus.
“It is a privilege to work alongside Jessie Long,” said John Burke, Library Director. “She has a tremendous positive impact on students and their research — all while also promoting the publications of Miami Regionals faculty members.”
Long’s scholarship is particularly focused on online instruction and improving online library services for students, and she has given presentations on these topics at numerous library and academic conferences. Her past service includes roles as co-coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning and co-chair of the Distance Learning Interest Group of the Academic Library Association of Ohio.
She is also the creator of heavily used online subject and library guides including citation guides for APA, MLA, and AMA styles, as well as a popular collection of resources to help students avoid bad or fake news.
“I am so happy for her promotion and look forward to her future accomplishments on behalf of our library community,” said Burke.
Principal Librarian is the highest rank within the Miami University Libraries — a recognition of the contributions of a librarian at the national or international level. The rank of Principal is similar to a faculty member attaining the rank of “Full”. Evaluation is conducted by the Libraries’ personnel committee, the librarian’s supervisor, the Dean and University Librarian, and the Provost. Upon recommendation from the President, the Board of Trustees ultimately votes whether to confer continuing contract.