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Director of Rice Library eager to implement new initiatives

Director of Rice Library eager to implement new initiatives

12/3/2012 | University Communications

Marna Hostetler, the new director of David L. Rice Library, was attracted to USI because of its size and personal feel.  “You can meet the president and get to know students,” said Hostetler. “I was enticed by the fresh, energetic campus and the bright future for such a new institution.”

Hostetler, along with her husband Dennis and five-year-old son Casey, also welcomed the opportunity to move back to the Midwest and closer to extended family.

Prior to coming to USI in October 2012, Hostetler was the associate dean of libraries and director of the Thomas Cooper Library, the main library, at the University of South Carolina. She also served as head of Access Services and the Interlibrary Loan Department at USC, overseeing circulation, collection maintenance, educational films, reserves, and the Library Annex, an off-site storage facility. She also was interlibrary loan and public services librarian at Hollins University in Virginia for two years.

Hostetler has made presentations at professional library conferences on such topics as electronic tools for sharing resources and electronic article delivery. She has been a panel member discussing OCLC ILLiad, a software management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions within the Interlibrary Loan Department, and her work has been published in Against the Grain, a publication for librarians, publishers, and library vendors.

She is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

She earned her master’s degree in library science and her bachelor's degree at Indiana University.

In her new role, Hostetler will focus on developing Rice Library into a more patron-centered operation. By providing support for the Interlibrary Loan unit’s document delivery service for quick access to journal articles not owned by Rice Library, she hopes to improve the research process for faculty members in need of current journal articles. In addition, she will continue to enhance the Ask-A-Librarian program, which now allows patrons to chat with or text a librarian.

During final exams week, assistance will be available to students at Rice Library.  In addition to its regular services, the building will be open until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, Thursday, December 6, Sunday, December 9, Monday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 11.  Archibald Eagle will make two visits to provide sugar infusions (candy) and moral support, there will be “Rant & Rave” boards in the computer labs, and earplugs will be available for students who prefer total silence. Puzzles and coloring books also will be available on the first floor for students needing a study break. 

One of Hostetler’s new initiatives is to add more prominent physical and virtual suggestion boxes for feedback on library services and policies. She wants students to know that the library staff is working to meet their needs.

Hostetler is most excited about managing one efficient library at USI. In her position at USC, she worked between five campus libraries and was intrigued by the fact that Rice Library operates as a single facility.   

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