Ohio History Connection Staff
Lauren Kennedy, Digital Projects Coordinator, manages newspaper digitization, original microfilming and microfilm duplication projects; trains and supports Ohio Memory partners; and coordinates short and long-term digitization projects. She has a BA in history from The Ohio State University, and an MA degree in public history from Temple University. She has a passion for history and creating accessibility in the field and has worked closely on the Revolutionary City project as it prepares Philadelphia for the 250th. Beyond history, Lauren’s interests include reading, crafting, and hiking/swimming with her dog, Bernie!
Katelyn Muraleetharan, 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.
Ashely Rodriguez, Digital Projects Coordinator, manages internal and external digitization requests; trains and supports Ohio Memory partners; and coordinates short and long-term digitization projects. Ashely has a BA in English from The Ohio State University and MLIS from Kent State University. She previously worked for Southwest Public Libraries as an Information Assistant. Ashely enjoys reading historical fiction and philosophy of pop culture, sewing, crafting, and table games.
Phil Sager, Systems 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; and management of Ohio History Connection’s collections catalogs. 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.
Aimee Truitt, Catalog & 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.
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.