Photo of Nicole Merriman, Phil Willke, and Ann Watson
Nicole Merriman, Manager, Research & Catalog Services; Phil Willke, Electronic Resources Librarian; and Ann M. Watson, Associate State Librarian for Library Services
November 19, 2019

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Electronic Resources Librarian Phil Willke recently received the 2019 Up & Comers Award at the Charleston Conference: Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition. Sponsored by ATG Media, the award is intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. According to ATG Media, “Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks. They are future library leaders and change makers, and we are excited to celebrate them with this award.”

“While most of my library work is focused in Ohio, I feel truly honored to be recognized at a well-respected national conference,” expressed Phil. “I look forward to what the future has in store for me, as well as what the future has in store for the entire library world.”

Phil is one of ten Up & Comers recognized at the Charleston Conference reception. They will also be featured in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and in a series of podcast interviews.

“A big congratulations to all of our award winners,” says Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Conference. “I’m so pleased to see all of the innovation and the many accomplishments that are displayed here, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for these bright rising stars.”

The other 2019 ATG Media Up & Comers are:

  • Negeen Aghassibake, University of Washington Health Sciences Library
  • Lindsay Barnett, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University
  • Elizabeth Cope, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Meghan Cook, University of South Florida Libraries
  • Moon Kim, Ohio State University Libraries
  • Jocelyn Lewis, George Mason University
  • Colin Nickels, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Ariana E. Santiago, University of Houston Libraries
  • Victoria Seng, University of Kentucky

About ATG Media: ATG Media is a new umbrella group that includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, “Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals,” and “Charleston Voices,” perspectives from the annual Charleston Conference. ATG Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of ATG, LLC.

About the Charleston Conference: The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov