Mrs. Beverly Lane, MLS, Appointed Director of Library Services​

The Pontifical College Josephinum is pleased to announce that Mrs. Beverly Lane has been named its new Director of Library Services, effective March 15, 2021.


Mrs. Lane has served as Assistant Librarian at the Josephinum’s A.T. Wehrle Memorial Library since 1990. She holds a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University and worked in the Editorial Library at The Columbus Dispatch before joining the seminary staff.


In her role as director, she succeeds Mr. Peter Veracka, who held the position for 45 years until his retirement in January 2021. “It is an honor to serve the Josephinum community in this new capacity and I am grateful to our Rector/President, Father Steven Beseau, for providing me with this opportunity,” she said. “Peter Veracka was a wonderful mentor for 31 years and I look forward to building upon his legacy of commitment and service to the institution.”


The A.T. Wehrle Memorial Library provides a full range of reference and instruction services to seminarians – more than 300,000 books, e-books, bound periodicals, audio-visual pieces, and newspapers. The library is a member of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries consortium of 26 libraries, and OhioLINK, a state-wide consortium of 116 libraries. Through these consortia, seminarians have access to more than 120 databases and core electronic resources, and delivery of resources from major research universities throughout Ohio.


There are many aspects of working at the Josephinum that have contributed to Mrs. Lane’s long-time commitment to the seminary. She has taught research classes to seminarians and contributed to many faculty committees, in addition to promoting the library’s technological advancement and digitizing the Josephinum’s extensive Special Collections. “Working at the Josephinum has afforded me countless opportunities to be involved in so many aspects of library work,” she said. “Reference work, instruction, electronic services, cataloging, digitization. There are always new challenges and opportunities that keep the work very interesting.”