State Library of Ohio bids farewell to Kathy Hughes
It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to Lead Cataloger Kathy Hughes. She retired on December 31, 2018, after 30 years of professional cataloging services to the State Library, benefiting state government employees, the Ohio library community, and Ohio residents. At their December meeting, the State Library Board passed a resolution on behalf of the Board, staff and customers congratulating Kathy on her retirement, thanking her for 30 years of dedicated and exemplary service, and expressing appreciation for her contributions to the services and programs of the State Library of Ohio.
As she assumed an increasing level of responsibility in technical services over the years, Kathy became the State Library’s cataloging expert. Her career spanned many industry changes from paper-oriented systems to computer-based cataloging, acquisitions, and digital archiving methods. Her meticulous work helped staff and patrons in the discovery of State Library of Ohio content, spanning from rare and antique material in Special Collections to born-digital material in Ohio Memory.
Kathy worked with a singular dedication to the State Library of Ohio, its staff, and its collections while amassing an impeccable reputation for her knowledge and skill in the art and science of library cataloging and classification. Her commitment to teamwork included training numerous staff on cataloging and classification and sharing her incredible depth of institutional memory and expertise.
During a small reception in her honor, Kathy’s supervisor Nicole Merriman presented her with a resolution from Ohio Governor John Kasich. Speaking for her staff in the Research and Catalog Services Department, Nicole wished her well and shared they would miss her immediately and immensely upon her retirement.