Carol Pitts Diedrichs
“Carol Diedrichs has the experience, knowledge and vision to be the next strong leader of UK Libraries. I look forward to working with her as she helps add to the already excellent record of achievement that is enjoyed by the UK Libraries.”
--Michael Nietzel, Provost
Feb.14, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Carol Pitts Diedrichs, an assistant director at The Ohio State University Libraries, has been named dean of libraries at the University of Kentucky. The appointment, pending approval of the UK Board of Trustees, is effective July 1.
Diedrichs, assistant director for technology services and collections at Ohio State Libraries, will oversee UK Libraries, including the William T. Young Library, the Chandler Medical Center Library, the College of Law Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Margaret I. King Library, and other units.
“Carol Diedrichs has the experience, knowledge and vision to be the next strong leader of UK Libraries. I look forward to working with her as she helps add to the already excellent record of achievement that is enjoyed by the UK Libraries,” said UK Provost Michael Nietzel. He said the selection of Diedrichs resulted from a national search.
As assistant director of Ohio State University Libraries since August 2000, Diedrichs administered the Technical Services Division and the libraries’ $9 million budget for materials. She coordinated the activities of more than 45 collection managers, directly supervised five department heads, oversaw the building and maintenance of the libraries’ online catalog and electronic information resources, and assisted in preparing and administering the libraries’ $22 million annual budget. She has been with Ohio State’s library system since 1987.
A faculty member at Ohio State since 1987, Diedrichs became a full professor of library science last July.
Diedrichs has published scholarly work in numerous professional and academic journals, and in 2001 she was selected as a participant in the University of California at Los Angeles Graduate School of Library and Information Services’ Senior Fellows Program.
She received the 2000 Presidential Citation and the 1999 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services of the American Library Association (ALCTS/ALA). The ALCTS/ALA also presented her with the Esther J. Piercy Award in 1991 in recognition of her contributions to technical services by a librarian with less than 10 years in the profession.
Diedrichs earned her bachelor’s degree in library science from Baylor University in 1980 and her master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981.