Joyce L. Ogburn, SILS alumnus, "One of 30 Women to Watch"

August 8, 2012

Joyce OgburnJoyce L. Ogburn (MSLS '82), dean, J. Willard Marriott Library University Librarian University of Utah and past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, has received the distinction of being selected as one of 30 women to watch by Utah Business Magazine.

The article states that "in Utah, women are natural and effective leaders. Utah women are creative entrepreneurs who start and grow successful businesses; they are seasoned executives who help their organizations exceed goals and achieve greater success; and they are a driving force that propels nonprofit and government organizations to more efficiently and effectively carry out their missions."

"In Utah, 66,300 women-owned businesses contribute $11.4 billion to the state’s economy each year, according to the latest American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. Furthermore, a greater percentage of Utah women participate in the workforce than the national average.
Women and business go hand-in-hand in the Beehive State. And nothing makes that clearer than our annual 30 Women to Watch program, which shines the spotlight on women who are exceptional leaders, entrepreneurs, change-makers, mentors—and shining examples to the men and women who work in their industries.
Please join us in celebrating this year’s 30 Women to Watch."

When describing Ogburn, the article notes that her first role as university librarian was a complex $80 million, multi-year renovation. “Just as the whole building has been transformed, the services and spirit of the place have changed dramatically,” she says. “The library has become more vital than ever to the university and it serves as an anchor for partnerships with other libraries and many other cultural institutions throughout the country. The Marriott Library is a powerhouse of new ideas that build on its strong collections and services.”

Ogburn served as president of the 12,000 member Association of College and Research Libraries professional association. ACRL also "works on behalf of 2,500 academic libraries across the country." In addition to her university and professional obligations, Ogburn serves on the council of the Utah Academic Library Consortium and is a member of the board of the Center for Research Libraries.