From Vice Provost and Director of Libraries Carol Diedrichs:
I am happy to announce that Caitlin McGurk has been named Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM). As most of you know, Caitlin had been serving as the Engagement Coordinator for the BICLM during the past two years. She was selected for this new position following a nationwide search.
In her role as Associate Curator for Outreach and Engagement, Caitlin will work in conjunction with BICLM curator Jenny Robb and subject librarians in developing collaborations with faculty and academic departments to foster the use of BICLM’s distinctive collections and intellectual content to advance teaching and learning. She will work with Jenny and Exhibits Coordinator Erin Fletcher to schedule, plan, design, and install dynamic, educational and user-centered exhibitions in the Sullivant Hall galleries, to further establish the BICLM as a gathering place for intellectual inquiry and to provide lifelong learning opportunities. Caitlin will collaborate across University Libraries and the university to organize, develop, and execute educational programs, such as workshops, lectures, artist’s presentations, and exhibition tours for diverse audiences including students and faculty at Ohio State and the general public. She will also manage BICLM’s docent program; cultivate relationships with the cartoon and comics community, including potential collaborators and donors of funds and gifts-in-kind; advise the curator on aligning collecting with teaching and learning; and assist in collections development.
Prior to her work at BICLM, Caitlin was the Head Librarian at the Schulz Library for the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, and Head Librarian the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center in New York. Caitlin also had an internship with Marvel Comics. She holds an MLIS degree from the Palmer School of Long Island University, with a double certificate in Records Management and Rare Books & Special Collections.
Please join with me in congratulating Caitlin as she continues her work at University Libraries and BICLM.