The Arkansas State Library is pleased to announce that Karen O’Connell will be joining our staff as Coordinator of the Arkansas Center for the Book. She will begin her duties on July 29. Karen will replace Zoe Butler, who retired in April.
Karen comes to us from Georgetown University Library where she currently serves as Head of the Preservation Services Unit. Over the years at Georgetown, Karen’s responsibilities included preservation planning and programming, managing the rare book collection, and curating exhibitions for the Special Collections Research Center. Past exhibitions include “007 at 20007: Spy Fiction at Georgetown” and “Covering American Literature: The Irving Levy Collection and 19th-Century Bookbindings.” She has twice been awarded the Lauinger Library Award for Excellence.
Karen holds an MLS from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, a Certificate in Preservation Management from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.
We are delighted to welcome Karen to the Arkansas State Library and look forward to continuing to bring excellent reading programs to libraries throughout the state of Arkansas.