Kaitlin Crotty

Rogers State University alumna Kaitlin Crotty assumed the role of Associate Library Director at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library July 1.

Before assuming the role, Crotty served as the Access Services and Distance Learning Librarian for three and a half years.

In this new role, Crotty said her focus will be library assessment.

“We already do some internal assessment,” Crotty said, but there is more that can be done. “Evaluating the things that we are doing and the resources we are offering, the events, the outreach, how we are serving the RSU community, and learning different ways we can improve to bring it full circle.”

Crotty said the addition of study rooms is a good example of how the library will continue to assess and respond to needs in the student body, faculty and community.

While a student at RSU, Crotty was a student worker at the library.

“She was one of the best, if not the best, student workers we’ve had here in my 36 years,” said Library Director Alan Lawless.

Crotty has eight years of professional experience as a librarian and library manager in addition to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies and a laundry list of professional activities, award and honors.

Special distinctions include recognition for distinguished capstone and as an outstanding graduate during undergraduate studies at RSU and participating in the Oklahoma Library Association’s Gold Leadership Institute.

“My time here made me realize what I wanted to do,” Crotty said. “When I graduated and I couldn’t be a student worker anymore, I went on to grad school to get that degree, because I knew I wanted to come back.”

“I’m excited, and I hope to be here for a very long time,” Crotty said.

“We are super happy to have her here,” Lawless said.