Jennifer Austin is the director of Coshocton Public Library (2018- present). She has worked in public libraries 17 years; serving previously as branch library assistant, teen librarian, and then assistant director. Austin earned a MLIS from Kent State University in 2013. During that time, she completed her practicum experience at Licking County Library. In addition to local community involvement, Austin professionally serves on the Ohio Digital Library Advisory Board, OLC Legislative Network, and is a member of Ohio Library Council. She appreciates all opportunities to serve the library community.
Linda Hren started working in her school library when she was in junior high and never left the library world. She has over 30 years of experience as a small library director. In 2015, she helped the Gnadenhutten Library pass an operating levy with the primary goal of joining SEO. Linda believes that membership in SEO allows small libraries to “go beyond books and beyond our walls” to give patrons the service they expect and the resources they need. Linda is probably best known for combining her love of books with her love of dogs by bringing her therapy dogs into schools and the library to help children build reading skills. When she is not reading or training dogs, she writes stories for children based on the animals she grew up with on her family farm.
I have been the director of St Marys Community Public Library since 2016. I have over 30 years of experience working in libraries, with 29 of those years spent in Ohio libraries. I have held many positions in libraries and developed a strong appreciation for consortiums when I was the Technology Coordinator for a consortium in Northeast Ohio. Being a part of the consortium gave me the opportunity to learn from a variety of stakeholders with different needs, including high school libraries, small libraries, and the bit bigger libraries. Every community is different. Every library is different. I am passionate about supporting the needs of every type of library. I am dedicated to ensuring that the library’s services are available to every community member and that the library has the services that its community needs. In my opinion, libraries are truly the heart of the community in which they are located. Eliminating obstacles that stand in the way of the best public service has always been important to me.