Reception Honors Departing Dean of Libraries
Date: Sept. 7, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News
Dozens of friends and colleagues turned out at a farewell reception Sept. 5 for Dean and University Librarian David F. Kohl. The gathering was held at the Faculty Club, just across the street from Langsam Library, where Kohl has led the administration of University Libraries for 11 years. University President Joseph Steger and Anthony Perzigian, senior vice president and provost for baccalaureate and graduate education, were among those who attended the reception.
Perzigian lauded Kohl for his leadership and vision that brought advances in technology but remained true to the Libraries long tradition of a service-oriented staff. Under his direction, University Libraries became a founding member of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK), a cost-saving consortium that provides Internet access to 76 Ohio university and college libraries as well as the state library of Ohio. The Internet access of OhioLINK creates a super library that's one of the largest in the nation, second only to the Library of Congress.
Perzigian said that under Kohl's watch, the scope and influence of University Libraries grew, and ranged from an entrepreneurial spirit to corporate relations to the University of Cincinnati Digital Press, which converts rare documents and images of Western American history into an electronic format. The Digital Press not only makes these works more accessible around the world, but also preserves rare images and documentations of the nation's early explorers for future generations.
Kohl says he plans to take a year off, promoting the mission of the University Libraries around the nation and around the world, and then return to UC to work at the Digital Press. Kohl added he began his library career in rare works, and says the Digital Press' documentation of the American Experience brings his career full circle.
Victoria A. Montavon will formally become dean of UC's University Libraries Oct. 1. Her appointment was announced in July.