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Agency Director & State Librarian Bio

Beverly Cain – State Librarian of Ohio

State Librarian Beverly Cain

Beverly Cain became State Librarian on June 1, 2010.  Ms. Cain has 28 years of library experience in Ohio having served as the Director of the Portsmouth Public Library System from 1997 to 2010 and Branch Manager at the Upper Arlington Public Library Lane Road Branch from 1992 to 1997. Prior to that, she worked at the Medina County District Library from 1986 to 1992, first as a Reference Librarian and then as a Manager of Reference and Adult Services.

As State Librarian, Ms. Cain works with the staff and Board to continue to build and expand library services to all types of libraries and to Ohio residents regardless of their geographic location.

Ms. Cain earned a Master of Public Administration degree in 2009 and a Master of Library Science degree in 1986 from Kent State University. She also has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Akron.  Ms. Cain received the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award from the Ohio Library Council in 1992, the Friend of the Year Award from the KSU School of Library and Information Science in 2012, and she is a member of the COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies) Continuing Education Committee.

Ms. Cain is the Past President of the Ohio Library Council, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Scioto County Law Library Resources Board, and has served as a member or chairperson to numerous local, state, and national committees.

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