Ohio History Connection Staff

Jen Cabiya, Digital Projects Coordinator, manages our newspaper microfilming and digitization services; coordinates short and long-term digitization projects; trains and supports Ohio Memory partners. Jen has a BA in Psychology from Kenyon College and previously worked on the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio (NDNP). Jen uses they/them/theirs pronouns and is happy to chat about newspapers, gardening, video games and cats.

Duryea Kemp, Scanning and Microfilm Technician, joined the organization to work on our original newspaper microfilming project. He also worked in the Audio/Visual Department before joining Digital Services. Duryea has an Associate Degree from the United Electronics Institute in Charleston, West Virginia.

Phil Sager, Digital Projects Developer, works on Ohio Memory and and a number of other digital projects within the Ohio History Connection. He has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MLS from UW-Madison, and a Specialist Degree in Digital Libraries from Indiana University. He has been involved in numerous initiatives, including an online interactive tutorial for a virtual university, project development for Ohio Memory, the Ohio Digital Newspaper Program and general database development for the Ohio History Connection.

Jenni Salamon, Manager, Digital Services, oversees Ohio Memory, including rights and reproductions, digitization and microfilming services; web properties such as Ohio History Central and the Ohio History Connection’s collections catalogs; and virtual events. She also coordinates and provides outreach and training on digitization and related topics. She serves as a Community Engagement Center Representative for the Ohio Digital Network (DPLA). Jenni has a BA in English from Ohio University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists. Jenni loves reading, dachshunds, crime TV and crafting.

Katelyn Toms, Digital Projects Coordinator, manages Ohio Memory program outreach; trains and supports Ohio Memory partners; and coordinates short and long-term digitization projects. She has a BA in Classical Studies from Virginia Tech and a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She loves exploring new restaurants and small towns with her husband, walking her dog, Otis, and reading with her cat, Hamilton, nearby.

Aimee Truitt, Catalog and Metadata Coordinator, plans for and supports catalog and discovery services as well as creates and manages Ohio Memory metadata. She has her MLIS from Kent State University, with a specialization in digitization and was previously employed at Columbus Metropolitan Library (Dublin Branch) where she worked as an Adult Services Librarian for 12 years. She has a passion for history and worked closely on the Dublin Memories Project and served on the board of the Dublin Historical Society, for 3 years. She and her husband Dan have a dog, Ellie, and cat, KitKat. Outside of history, Aimee’s interests include travel, running, reading, and playing music.

State Library of Ohio Staff

Shannon Kupfer-Trausch has been employed by the State Library of Ohio since 2007 and oversees digitization projects as well as being the library’s go-to for rare books. She holds a BA in History from The Ohio State University, as well as an MLIS and Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Library Science from Kent State University.

Elissa Lawrence is a reference and cataloging librarian at the State Library of Ohio. Elissa harvests, archives and catalogs born-digital Ohio documents. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University and an MLIS from Kent State University.

Nicole Merriman is the Head of Research and Catalog Services at the State Library of Ohio. Nicole manages the reference and cataloging staff and collection digitization projects at the State Library. She has a BA from The Ohio State University and an MLS from Kent State University.

Stephanie Michaels is a librarian at the State Library of Ohio. In addition to cataloging and helping patrons with research, Stephanie contributes posts to the Ohio Memory blog. She has a BA and BS from Miami University and an MLIS from Kent State University.

Ann M. Watson has been the Associate State Librarian for Library Services at the State Library of Ohio since 2014. Ann oversees all aspects of the Library Services Division, including the IT Department. She has a BA in History from West Virginia University, an MLIS from Kent State University and an MA in Education from The Ohio State University. Before coming to the State Library, Ann worked in academic libraries for eighteen years.