Mrs. Mary P. Key, February 27, 1929 - January 4, 2010
Mrs. Mary P. Key was a University Libraries Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. Before retiring from the Agriculture Library in 1998, she served as the first chair of the University Libraries’ Diversity Committee, which oversaw the implementation of the Diversity Residency Program (from 1989-1998). She was the second African American Librarian to head a department at The Ohio State University Libraries. She received her MLS from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University). Mrs. Key passed away on January 4, 2010, at the age of 80, but her legacy lives on with this important initiative.
The Mary P. Key Residency Program, initiated in 1989, is designed to assist recent library graduates in making a successful transition to academic research librarianship and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in University Libraries' areas, including public services, digital initiatives, and administration.
The Ohio State University has a strong commitment to diversity and is actively seeking to increase such diversity by encouraging all interested applicants to apply. The University Libraries' Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program is one component of the Libraries' commitment to diversity and is intended to increase the diversity of librarians at The Ohio State University and to further the development of unrepresented librarians.
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