People and Library News


The University of Toledo


Alice Crosetto, Laura Kinner and Lucy Duhon had the article “Assessment in a Tight Time Frame: Using Readily Available Data to Evaluate Your Collection” published in Collection Management. Vol. 33, No. 1/2, 29-50. George Lupone, recently retired from Cleveland State University Libraries, was the guest editor of this all Ohio issue which is titled, Assessment of Collections in a Consortial Environment: Experiences from Ohio.

Laura Kinner and Christine Rigda presented “Merging Library Catalogs: the Plan that Worked for The Medical University of Ohio and The University of Toledo” at the Eastern Great Lakes Regional Innovative Users Group annual meeting at the University of Akron on September 28, 2007.

Laura Kinner served on the panel discussion “Influence the Future! Encourage Future Academic Librarians by Supervising On-Site Practicum Experiences” at the 2007 Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio on October 25, 2007.

Laura Kinner and Christine Rigda presented “Is Your System Haunted by Past Codes? It’s Time to Be a Code Buster!” at the 2008 Innovative Users Group annual meeting in Washington D.C. on April 27 & April 30 2008.

Daniel E. Feinberg and Alice Crosetto presented the paper “Serving Tradition: Using Jewish Cookbooks and Jewish Websites to Preserve the Multifaceted Jewish Culture” at the 43rd Association of Jewish Libraries Annual Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on June 22-25, 2008.

Daniel Feinberg, Bridget Faricy-Beredo, and Elaine Reeves have all been hired as Lecturers, Information Literacy Librarians at the University of Toledo.

Christopher Plotts and Katie Mihaly have joined the staff of the Access & User Services Division of Carlson Library, University of Toledo Main Campus, as Library Media Technical Assistant 2’s.  Chris is responsible for the OhioLink and Document Delivery services.  Katie is responsible for evening supervision of the Circulation Desk, evening information assistance, and also assists with the processing of Reserve materials. She comes to us from the Mulford Library on the University of Toledo Health Science Campus.

Misa Mi has been hired as the Medical Librarian at the University of Toledo.  She previously worked as a medical librarian at the Medical Library of Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University.

Starting in August 2008, the Mulford Library at UT’s Health Science Campus will be open 24 hours Sundays through Thursdays during fall and spring semesters.


Cleveland State University


Ann Marie Smeraldi was hired as General Education/ Freshman Experience Librarian. A recent graduate of Kent State, Ann Marie had been working part-time at Lorain County Community College Library.

Kathy Dobda was appointed to the position of Assistant Director, Public Services.

Barbara Strauss was promoted to Assistant Director, Technical Services.

John Hubbard and Brigid Connor were hired as Classroom Technology Specialists.

Three CSU faculty were awarded Information Literacy Small Grants to work with librarians to incorporate information literacy in their classes this fall.

The University Library sponsored many events for CSU’s first Common Reading Experience on campus. The events, including film screenings, brown bag speaker series, and displays, were based on Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, whose main character is a mathematically-gifted autistic teenager.  The selection for 2008/2009 is Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a timely and timeless story of a young girl’s life under the Islamic Revolution, by Marjane Satrapi. 

In April 2008, the Cleveland State University Library, together with the Department of Health Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, held a dedication ceremony in memory of Preston White who passed away unexpectedly in October 2007.  Preston was the Coordinator of the Library Computers @ Learning Commons (LCLC) and the Adaptive Technology Lab.  A memorial fund was also established in his honor.  For more information, visit

Also in April, the Friends of the Cleveland State University Library, in partnership with the Department of History, held a Reading Circle in honor of Dr. William I. Shorrock who passed away in November 2007 following a brief illness.  Dr. Shorrock was the President of the Friends of the CSU Library and a professor emeritus of History at Cleveland State University.  The books chosen for discussion were favorites of Dr. Shorrock:  Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky, an extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation—recently discovered and published 64 years after the author’s death in Auschwitz and Lest Innocent Blood be Shed, by Philip Hallie, a story of courage and faith set in World War II. 


Bowling Green State University


Steve Charter is a familiar member of the University Libraries community. Until recently, he held the position of Reference Archivist in the Center for Archival Collections.  He now serves as the University Archivist and Head of the Center for Archival Collections.  Steve has a master’s degree in library and information science from Brigham Young University. He is happy to be at the University Libraries in his new role and is looking forward to working with students and faculty.

Amy Fyn is our new Reference and Instruction Librarian in the department of Library Teaching & Learning. She recently arrived from Owens Community College where she was a writing center tutor. Amy was also an instructor and teacher trainer for Kaplan Test Prep. Amy holds a master of science in library science from Wayne State University.

Elizabeth Wood was approved for promotion by the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees. Wood, who serves as a Reference and Instruction Librarian in the Department of Teaching & Learning, was promoted to full professor.  Wood joined BGSU University Libraries in July of 1979 in a tenure track position at the rank of instructor. Active in service, instruction, and scholarship, Wood enjoys a national reputation based on her publications, the latest of which is Beyond Survival: Managing academic libraries in transition.

Sara Bushong is currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean and Chair for Archival Collections and Branches at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Bowling Green, Ohio where she has worked since 2000. Prior to her interim role, she served as Head Librarian for the Curriculum Resource Center.   Bushong was the District Elementary Librarian and Technology Curriculum Coordinator for Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools and formerly a choral music teacher in Whigham, Georgia.


University of Akron Science and Technology Library


Bonnie Chojnacki began work as an Assistant Professor of Bibliography in the Science and Technology Library on May 19, 2008.  Her areas of specialty are instruction, intensive reference and collection development in the life and allied heath sciences including Allied Health Technology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Nursing.

Tammy Stitz, Library began June 1, 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Bibliography in the Science & Technology Library.  Her areas of concentration are instruction, intensive reference, and collection development in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geology, and Mechanical Engineering. She will also assist with general reference. Tammy worked as a graduate assistant in the Architecture Library and the Fashion Library at Kent State and completed a practicum in technical services.  She worked in industry as a systems engineer for several years before finding her “true calling,” librarianship.


Washington State Community College


On September 24, The Carson K. Miller Library at Washington State Community College in Marietta offered 20-30 people to be borrowed as “books” in its first ever Living Library. The idea, which comes from Denmark, is simple: instead of books, readers come to the library and borrow a person for a 30-minute chat. The human “books” feature a variety of occupations, talents, and skills. We plan to offer a police officer, an auto mechanic, a nurse, clergy, musicians, a deaf person, scientist, building contractor, master gardener, artist, coach, principal, mayor, grandmother, grandfather, geek, vegan, and others.

Borrowers may browse our “catalog” which will describe the attributes of our “books.” Patrons may select their “book” and library staff will locate the individual for check out. All “books” will be located on our reserve shelves and must be “read” in the library. No titles will be available through OhioLINK! People from the community as well as campus staff and faculty have volunteered to be a part of our collection. We anticipate a high circulation rate for our living library.

Bryant & Stratton College

The Bryant & Stratton College Virtually Library committee will is beginning work on an electronic reserves portal to serve the research needs of students enrolled in classes at the Professional Skills Center, located at the Parma campus.  Librarians from the Parma and Cleveland Downtown campuses are working with the Library Director to establish the portal prior to the start of the fall 2008 semester.


Ohio State Marion/Marion Technical College

Photo of young artist Sara Flinchbaugh and her altered books

The Marion Campus Library hosted an exhibit of “Altered Books” created by children, aged 8-13, during the month of July. The library partnered with Kids College, an OSUM outreach program for kids that offers workshops on a variety of topics during the summer, to mount the exhibit. The “Altered Books” workshop, conducted by Anne Quilter, a local school art teacher, taught kids creative ways to reuse and recycle old books into new art.  Eleven children over three days created interesting new works. The library exhibited the works and then provided a thank-you letter and a bag of gifts to each child who allowed us to display their artwork.


Case Western Reserve University


Jennine A. Vlach is the Training and Operations Manager at  the Freedman Center.

Danica Schroeder is the Student Supervisor at the Circulation Desk.


Wittenberg University


Kristen Gibson was recently appointed to the position of Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian/Information Literacy Coordinator at Thomas Library.  Kristen started at Wittenberg in August of 2007 as a visiting librarian. Originally from the Mansfield area, Kristen spent her undergraduate years at John Carroll University and completed her MLS at Kent State University in 2005.

Thomas Library was awarded a grant from Nextbook and the American Library Association to host Modern Marvels, a series of book talks based on five graphic novels with Jewish themes.  Ken Irwin, Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian, spearheaded the grant writing effort.  Matt Smith, Associate Professor of Communication at Wittenberg, will be leading the talks.  


Shawnee State University


Shawnee State University, Clark Memorial Library’s new director is Connie Stoner Salyers, who previously served as associate director.

Ann Marie Short, previously the circulation librarian, is the new associate director. 

David Rodgers, who has served as the technical services librarian for the past 8 years, married a former colleague earlier this summer and is moving back to Texas to be with his bride, Denyse Seaman Rodgers, who is the Head of Library Information Systems at Baylor University in Waco.    


Cleveland Public Library


The Cleveland Public Library has been selected to receive the 2007 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. This annual award is presented jointly by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and Heritage Preservation.

The Cleveland Public Library is the first public library to receive this prestigious national award since its inception in 1999. Previous recipients have included art museums, historic sites, research libraries, and archives.


Ohio University Libraries


Kelly Broughton accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Research & Education Services at Ohio University in August 2008. She was formerly the Associate Dean for Assessment and Technology at Bowling Green State University.

Ohio University Libraries also welcomed Araba Dawson-Andoh (Africana Librarian), Alexander Ciarlillo (Programmer/Analyst), Jessica Hagman (Reference and Instruction Librarian), Jessica Kantner (Accounting Associate) and Sandra Gekosky (Reference & Instruction Librarian). The Libraries bid Farewell to Susan Knoer (Librarian/Archivist) and Char Booth (Reference and Instruction Librarian).


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