Gwen Evans was the executive director of OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium from 2011 to February, 2020. Serving 121 member libraries, OhioLINK provides access to over 46 million print items, over 24 million articles, 125,000 e-books and 58,000 electronic theses and dissertations to over half-a-million students, faculty and staff in the state’s public and private institutions of higher education.
Evans previously served as the director of Special Projects at the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH). She came to OH-TECH from her position as associate professor and coordinator of Library Information and Emerging Technology at Bowling Green State University. As the chair of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Management Committee, she spearheaded the successful nominations for the Digital Resource Commons to receive the American Libraries Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy Cutting Edge Technology in Library Services award and a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start Up grant.
She has over 20 years experience working in libraries, including the John Crerar Science Library at the University of Chicago, Mt. Holyoke College Library and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. She has presented on library technology and technology administration at the American Library Association, the Library Information and Technology Association, and Educause, and has published in Library Resources and Technical Services, the Charleston Advisor, Public Services Quarterly and Music Reference Services Quarterly. She also was a founding member of the Association of College and Research Libraries TechConnect blog
Evans received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in 2002. She also earned a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.