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Franklin University Announces New Library Director

Columbus, OH (December 3, 2015)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce the selection of Alyssa Darden as the Director of the Franklin University Nationwide Library.

As Director, Alyssa will assure that the Library is a catalyst for discovery that fuels both teaching and learning in a vibrant, global community, and will support the pursuit of academic success, scholarship and lifelong learning. Alyssa will also lead the University’s efforts to provide reliable access to Library resources and services; offer relevant materials and high-quality instructional materials; cultivate a space conducive to the contemplation and discussion of ideas; foster and support contemporary research strategies; and promote the pursuit of knowledge through access to information resources for our diverse and expanding community of scholars.

Alyssa joined the University in September 2013 as the Reference and Assessment Librarian and has served as Acting Director of the Library since May 11. As Acting Director, she set library goals; managed the library’s operational and capital budgets; initiated data driven approaches to operational improvements; customized library services for diverse library patrons; and created an interactive, engaging library presence through library programming, advocacy and community engagement, as well as improvements to the online library presence.

Alyssa holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in TESOL from Wright State University. Prior to joining Franklin, she worked at OCLC as a research assistant, and as an access services assistant at the Ohio Dominican University Library. She has also taught Business English in Germany and conversational English in Japan.

Franklin University's Nationwide Library
The Franklin University Nationwide Library is rich with services and resources for Franklin students, faculty and staff, online or on campus. From real-time chats with librarians to significant links with libraries across Ohio, Franklin’s library provides cutting edge technology to help you get the most out of your research and study time.

Franklin’s library joined the OhioLINK consortium of Ohio Colleges and Universities in 2002, enabling access to the wealth of locally provided and OhioLINK services and resources via the Franklin Library Web page.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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