Meet Carrie Preston, Head of Web Services

When the Libraries was in search of a new Head of Web Services, a nationwide search was conducted to find the ideal candidate. Carrie Preston, who has been with the Ohio University Libraries since 2001, stood out among the applicant pool and was assigned to the new role in April, 2013.

Carrie Preston Head of Web Services (Photo by Lauren Pond/Ohio University Libraries).
Head of Web Services Carrie Preston. (Photo by Lauren Pond/Ohio University Libraries)

Having served for a year as Interim Head of Information Technology, Preston was familiar with the operations in the department. A voracious learner, she is self-taught in computer programming languages like HTML, CSS, elementary JavaScript, jQuery, BASIC and AutoIt Windows automation language. Her special aptitude for written communication made her an outstanding candidate for the position, one that functions heavily around using precise language to relay information between the Libraries and the University’s Office of Information Technology.

“It is important to have a person who will do well in representing the Libraries’ cause,” said Eileen Theodore-Shusta, director of planning, assessment and organizational effectiveness.

Having completed a Master of Library Science in Information at the University of Michigan, Preston has a solid understanding of how libraries function.

“Technology is a particularly broad and fast-changing area of library services. The Libraries must manage many pieces – the Libraries Web site, ArticlesPlus, ALICE, various databases, services such as chat reference and interlibrary loan, and the Libraries’ own computers and printers, to name a few – while presenting a unified and user-friendly gateway to our students, faculty and staff,” said Preston. “I hope my library science background helps us to manage our technology staff and services in ways most beneficial to the Libraries.”

According to Preston, the new position has helped her learn more about the complex infrastructure that supports the Libraries Web sites and computing services.

“I’m still learning and hope to increase my computer programming and support skills in the future,” Preston said.

A hearty congratulations and best wishes to Carrie for her new position with the Ohio University Libraries.