Staff

Ohio History Connection Staff

Bronwyn Benson is the Quality Control Technician for the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio at the Ohio History Connection. Her responsibilities include preparing microfilm for digitization, reviewing digital content, and creating educational resources featuring our digital newspaper collections. Bronwyn has a BS and MA in History from Central Michigan University. Phone: 614.297.2549. Email: bbenson@ohiohistory.org.

Lily Birkhimer is the Digital Projects Coordinator at the Ohio History Connection. Her responsibilities include managing content and outreach for Ohio Memory, handling reproduction requests and permissions for digital materials, and coordinating short and long-term digitization projects. She also manages the Ohio Memory blog! Lily has a BA in French Language and Literature from The Ohio State University, an MLIS from Kent State University, and a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate from the Society of American Archivists. Phone: 614.297.2558. Email: lbirkhimer@ohiohistory.org.

Duryea Kemp is the Scanning and Microfilm Technician for the Digital Services Department at the Ohio History Connection. Duryea 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. Phone: 614.297.2543. Email: dkemp@ohiohistory.org.

Kristen Newby is the Metadata Coordinator for the Digital Services Department at the Ohio History Connection. Her responsibilities include creating and updating metadata for items in Ohio Memory and managing Ohio History Central. Kristen has a BA in History and Classics from The Ohio State University and an MA in History of Art and Archaeology from New York University. Phone: 614.297.2581. Email: knewby@ohiohistory.org.

Jillian Ramage is the Manager for the Digital Services Department at the Ohio History Connection. Her responsibilities include overseeing Ohio Memory, the Ohio Digital Newspaper Program, Oral History, Multimedia Production and Distance Learning. She also serves as a Community Engagement Center Representative for the Ohio Digital Network (DPLA). Jillian has a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University and an MLIS from Kent State University. She is a 2014 graduate of the History Leadership Institute (formerly the Seminar for Historical Administration). Jillian loves Ohio sports, reading, dogs and the beach. Phone: 614.297.2578. Email: jramage@ohiohistory.org.

Phil Sager is the Digital Projects Developer in the Educational and Multimedia Services Department. He 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. Phone: 614.297.2577. Email: psager@ohiohistory.org.

Jenni Salamon is the Coordinator of the Ohio Digital Newspaper Program at the Ohio History Connection. Her responsibilities include managing the Ohio History Connection’s newspaper digitization and microfilming programs, including the National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, and providing training on newspaper preservation, digitization and research. 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. When not thinking about newspapers, she can be found reading, crafting or spending time with her adorable dachshund. Phone: 614.297.2579.  Email: jsalamon@ohiohistory.org.

State Library of Ohio Staff

Kathy Hughes has been a Librarian Cataloger at the State Library of Ohio since October 1988, and is primarily involved with original cataloging, cataloging federal and state documents, archiving state electronic documents, loading files of bibliographic records, catalog maintenance, and contributing name authority records through the NACO program. She holds a BA in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Connecticut and a MLIS from Kent State.

Shannon Kupfer 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 and a MLIS from Kent State University.

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