Mary Markland is the new head librarian for OSU’s Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. She moved into the position at the Guin Library in May.
The head of the Guin Library oversees the library facilities, staff and services in support of teaching and research at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), which includes not only OSU-affiliated users but also state, federal and visiting scientists. OSU plans to significantly expand the Marine Science Center in the future, and this position will have a unique opportunity to shape the development of library services for that initiative.
“I’m excited to be able to combine my lifelong interest in the marine sciences with my professional career in library science,” said Markland, and “I look forward to the collaborative opportunities provided by HMSC and the Marine Studies Initiative.”
Markland was formerly a librarian at the University of North Dakota Health Sciences Library. She earned a BS in Biology with a French minor from Iowa State University and an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is just the third head librarian in HMSC’s 50-year history. Markland succeeds Janet Webster, who retired in January 2015 after 25 years in the position, and Marilyn Potts Guin, librarian from 1976 until her death in 1989, for whom the Guin Library is named.
“The OSU Guin Library is central to HMSC’s collaborative, interdisciplinary culture of marine research, especially as OSU launches the Marine Studies Initiative,” said Bob Cowen, HMSC Director. “We look forward to an expanded role for the library, and I am excited to have Mary join us now, bringing her perspective into the planning process.”