Clara Llebot Lorente, Data Management Specialist, who works with data curation, data stewardship, data management plans, and serves as a liaison librarian for the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will be on sabbatical from August 2023 until August 2024.

Clara will be in Barcelona, collaborating with a consortium (Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya) that provides data services to researchers in Catalan universities. She will be learning new strategies that could be useful for research data services at OSULP. She'll also be reconnecting with family, friends, and sharing the love of where she's from with her kids and husband who are all happily joining her.

Other librarians will graciously be stepping in to provide assistance while Clara's away, but she'll be checking her email occasionally!


Uta Hussong-Christian, Associate Professor & Librarian for College of Health, who focuses on research and design services that enable library users and staff to work more productivity, will be on sabbatical from October 2023 until October 2024. 

Uta will be using this time to transition out of her role as interim LEAD Head and into a more holistic liaison librarian role focused on the health sciences. She is going to create a plan for library support of health-related disciplines across OSU and will be working to build her skill set for supporting evidence synthesis projects, across OSU, particularly in the health-related disciplines. 

Uta is planning on doing a "stay-batical," she'll be in the area and may even pop into the library to work on the new dual-monitors in the Learning Commons and to chat with folks in the library. She encourages folks to send her an email if they'd like to be in touch during this time.


Kelly McElroy, Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian, recently returned from a year long sabbatical. Kelly spent 8 months in Mexico taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes all while documenting the journey. While there, she focused on research around cognitive authority, a union book, and a paper for the La información en tiempos de post pandemia. Investigación, docencia y práctica profesional seminar.

As a zine librarian, Kelly crafted five zines titled "While You Were Out" that gave a heartfelt review of her Spanish classes, travels around Mexico City to Oaxaca de Juarez, the many murals she encountered, libraries she visited, and her thoughts on the trip.


Jane Nichols, Associate Professor and Interim Resource Acquisitions & Sharing Director, returned from an eight month sabbatical this October. Jane's goal was to continue to work on publications, pushing them closer to completion. She also continued to work with Calyx Press as a member of the Board, served on the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, reviewed proposals for the Global Digital Humanities Symposium, as well as many other activities.

While Jane was busy with scholarship and community work, she also took time to travel to Florida, Minnesota, Massachusets, Colorado, and Arizona to visit friends and family.

Posted - November 06, 2023