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Winter 2022 Magazine
DML Careers

Holly Richards

Collection Development Director

Holly Richards

Blending an undergraduate degree in economics, a love a spreadsheets, and decades of experience in librarianship, it's no wonder that Holly Richards thrives on the "supply and demand" side of library work. Holly holds a BA from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Kentucky. After starting her library career with positions in youth and public service, Holly gained experience managing collection development at library systems in both Clermont and Hamilton County before joining Dayton Metro Library in 2017 as the Collection Development Director. In her role, she coordinates selection, maintenance, and deselection of books, audiovisual materials, periodicals, and online resources. Using a data-driven approach and analytical tools, Holly helps to build and maintain strong physical and digital collections for Dayton patrons.

Holly has been an active volunteer in support of the library profession, including service on the Southwest Chapter Action Council of the Ohio Library Council as Coordinator and Membership Representative, SWON's Strategic Planning Committee, and SWON's teen review group, ROYAL. Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for OPLIN, the Ohio Public Library Information Network. Outside of libraries, Holly is an active hiker, and she enjoys spending time traveling abroad.

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