Get to know Jennifer Rice

Jennifer Rice arrived at NEOMED in August as the University’s new electronic resources librarian. Jennifer sat down with The Pulse to discuss her previous work at Kent State, what she looks forward to in her new role, her love of dogs and more!

Why did you want to become part of the NEOMED community?

After 22 years with the Kent State University Libraries, I wanted to continue to advance my career in academic libraries. NEOMED is close to my home, the staff is wonderful, and the students are very engaged in their learning. I’m excited to be here!

What are your primary responsibilities in your role?

I determine the library collection strategy, coordinate the library’s collection development process and support budgetary resources or decisions. I also maintain and ensure access to print and electronic resources for faculty, students and staff of NEOMED and the NEOMED affiliated hospital libraries through the library’s catalog and other methods of access. I help to collaboratively maintain the library system management and ensure that the collection meets the current and future needs of the University.

What is something you enjoy most about working in a library setting?

I really enjoy working with students and faculty to explore how library resources can meet their needs and enrich their research.  Librarians are the heart of any University and the small team here at NEOMED is outstanding.

What is something most people don’t know about your position or the type of work that you do?

Librarians don’t just check out books or help you find journal articles; we are also the first line of defense for the technology help desk. The staff here in the library can help you with your technology problems or put you in contact with someone who can.

Are you originally from Northeast Ohio? If not, where are you from?

Yes! I grew up in Alliance and now reside in Hartville.

What are you most excited about in your first year at NEOMED?

Engaging with our students and discovering their needs and expectations for the library. 

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work? 

I raise and show Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I’m also very involved with Portage County 4-H, several local dog clubs, and the Marlboro Township Historical Society. If I’m not at work, I’m probably volunteering somewhere (much to my husband’s chagrin).

Where’s your favorite place to spend time in Northeast Ohio? 

I love spending time with family and friends. We enjoy a lot of live music; my current favorite venue is the Robins Theatre in Warren. 

I love visiting wineries; we live right by Maize Valley so that’s definitely a favorite.

Northeast Ohio is a wonderful place to live. There are so many options for anything you may want to do.

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