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Dr. Nainsi Houston selected to lead innovative University Library

Nainsi HoustonDr. Nainsi Houston has been appointed as the Director of the Roberta A. Smith University Library, a technologically-rich teaching, learning and research center opened to students in 2016. Dr. Houston, the Henry S. and Katherine W. Evans Director of the Library, will also serve as Chair of the Department of Library Science at the University.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Houston to Muskingum,” said Muskingum University President Susan S. Hasseler. “Nainsi brings significant experience and energy to this position, and I am confident that with her leadership, the Roberta A. Smith University Library will continue to provide the research and collaboration tools students need to succeed in an ever-changing world.”

Dr. Houston, an author and scholar with more than 20 years experience in higher education, most recently served as Director of Library Services at Heidelberg University, in Tiffin, Ohio, where she also taught several undergraduate courses. Her work in higher education includes library services roles at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and instruction at the University of Tulsa, Creighton University, the University of Cincinnati and Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Dayton, two master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s in Library Science from the University of Missouri and doctorate in English from the University of Tulsa.

“It is my great pleasure to join Muskingum University and continue the excellent work being done on this campus,” Dr. Houston said. “The Smith University Library offers extraordinary research and collaboration opportunities, and current and future students can expect us to continue to seek out new and innovative ways to facilitate learning.”

The Roberta A. Smith University Library is a 40,000 square foot facility modeled around the modern concept of an information commons, bringing together academic life and social life and infused everywhere with technology. Housing numerous advanced classrooms and collaborative learning environments, the Smith University Library is home to the University’s Education Department and is also a congressionally-designated depository for U.S. government documents. Muskingum University is a member of the OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) and OhioLINK consortia with borrowing privileges at more than 100 libraries throughout Ohio.