Head, OSU Libraries Thompson Library Special Collections
Professor, The Ohio State University Libraries and Department of Theatre
Nena Couch is Head of the OSU Libraries Thompson Library Special Collections, and Professor, The Ohio State University Libraries and Department of Theatre. Her publications include “Choreography and Cholera: The Extended Life of Dance Notation” (A Tyranny of Documents, PAR 28); Documenting: Lighting Design (co-edited with Susan Brady, PAR 25); The Humanities and the Library (co-edited with Nancy Allen); "Dance Collections" (Managing Performing Arts Collections in Academic and Public Libraries); articles in The International Dictionary of Modern Dance, A Core Collection in Dance, and others. With Karen Eliot, Nena adapted Alexander Pope's poem The Rape of the Lock as a Baroque-style ballet, and she was a founding member of the Baroque dance company, Les Menus Plaisirs. Awards include the Harvard Theatre Collection’s Howard D. Rothschild Fellowship for Research in Dance, the CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow, and the TLA Distinguished Service in Performing Arts Librarianship. She is on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS), and has served on the board of the Theatre Library Association.