In 1984, The Donohue Group, Inc. (DGI) began as many small companies do – in someone’s basement. Christine Donohue, a professional librarian, had a vision to fill the need for specialized staffing services in libraries. She also had an empty basement. Our early clientele ranged from school and public libraries to corporate, college and university libraries. DGI’s expertise in MARC record creation and data manipulation brought us work with libraries that are still our clients over 30 years later. By 1989, DGI had added publishers to its clientele and was providing A/V cataloging for many audiobook and e-book vendors.
By the 21st century, we had developed a method for providing Information Audits to institutions that were struggling with the collection, storage and usage of information gathered from a variety of sources and in multiple formats. This expansion of service added many non-library institutions to DGI’s client base. We added native-language catalogers to our professional cataloging staff in response to a new direction in collection development policies directed toward stronger foreign language resources within American libraries. DGI confidently provides high-quality records in a variety of languages.
The year 2007 brought major changes to the company. Our corporate headquarters relocated to a beautiful, restored factory space in the center of Windsor, CT and our Boston operations were consolidated into the home office. Christine Donohue’s retirement coincided with our move. Ownership of the company passed on to longtime employees Audra Zimmermann and Bob Geoghegan, who continue DGI’s commitment to service and value for the library community. Audra and Bob take pride in retaining DGI’s high-quality staff and responding in a timely and professional manner to our clients.
We look back fondly to our basement origins, but as we look to the future, we welcome the challenge of changing and growing along with the library profession.