People and Library News

Bowling Green State University

Amy Fry will join the University Libraries faculty in her new position as Electronic Resources Coordinator on May 1, 2009.  Amy previously held the Electronic Resources Librarian position at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, where she managed access to and renewal of databases and e-journals, as well as led a number of projects designed to improve user access to digital resources.  As Electronic Resources Coordinator for the BGSU University Libraries, Amy will provide leadership and vision for the promotion and use of electronic resources, enhance user access to electronic resources, train the UL staff in the use of electronic resources, and provide reference and instruction services among other responsibilities.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Cardwell as Interim Vice Provost for Academic Programs in the Office of the Provost.  Ms. Cardwell joined Bowling Green State University in 1998 as a faculty member in the University Libraries. In 2003, she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. That same year, she became the Chair of the Department of Library Teaching and Learning. She has served as the Co-Director of the General Education Program and was one of the co-authors of the 2004 white paper Strategic Direction for General Education at BGSU. She also served as the Co-Interim Dean of the University Libraries in 2006-07. Throughout her career, she has received grants totaling more than $350,000. 

Ms. Cardwell will have oversight responsibilities for the Office for Advising and Academic Success, Honors Program, Office of General Education, Office of BG Experience, Office for Service Learning, ROTC, and the Center for International Programs. We are very pleased that Ms. Cardwell has agreed to fill this critical position in the Office of the Provost.

Case Western Reserve University,  Kelvin Smith Library

Shu Guo was hired as the Science Librarian.  She came from Central Michigan University where she was an instructor in the Chemistry department.

Stephanie Pasadyn was hired as Library Assistant 3 for Approval Plans in the Acquisitions Dept.

Virginia Dressler has been promoted to Digital Library Programs Librarian.

Bill Claspy, Librarian, has initiated a series of author interview podcasts with Case Western Reserve faculty authors.

Nora Blackman, Special Collections Archivist, has completed the first podcast of CASE Stories, a series that will initially include interviews with retired university administrators.


Columbus State Community College

The Educational Resources Center (ERC) of Columbus State Community College is pleased to announce the promotion of two Coordinators into the administrative ranks of Supervisors.  Angel Gondek, who previously served as Coordinator of Circulation Services , has been promoted to the position of Supervisor of Circulation Services (and the new Digital Media Support Center.)  Jane Breitmeier, who previously served as Coordinator of Technical Services, has been promoted to the position of Supervisor of Technical Services.  One of Jane’s key responsibilities will be to manage the development and implementation of a college-wide Document Management System.  Our hearty congratulations to our esteemed colleagues.


Kent State University

Four Kent State University librarians have been awarded the 2009 Ilene Rockman Award for their book, A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians (Libraries Unlimited 2007). Administered by ACRL’s Instruction Section, the award recognizes an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment and honors the contributions of Ilene F. Rockman to the scholarship of information literacy education. Authors Carolyn Radcliff, Joseph Salem, Julie Gedeon, Kenneth Burhanna and Mary Lee Jensen (also formerly of Kent State) will be honored during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago in July.

 Rockman Library Award


Marietta College

Marietta College opened its new library building, the Legacy Library, as the Spring semester began on January 12, 2009.  The 53,000 square foot building is located on the site of the former Dawes Memorial Library at the center of campus.  On its main floor the new library features an Information Commons for technologically intensive research, combining a traditional reference desk with numerous Internet workstations and IT support.  Additionally the facility offers other useful features, including expanded space for Special Collections storage and research use; the new Center for Teaching Excellence, with an experimental classroom and a program of support for instructional technology; a hands-on computer classroom for library instruction; expanded and comfortable space for student study, including several group study and media viewing rooms; and compact, moveable shelving to maximize space for other functions.


The Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College Library:

Betsy Blankenship, served as “Pronouncer” for the Marion County Spelling Bee on February 10, 2009. 24 students in grades 6,7,8 from four area county schools participated.

Pat Wood, has been promoted to “Library Services Coordinator.” In her new duties, she will supervise other staff, coordinate the services of the library Delaware Center service site and oversee library operations.

The Marion Campus Library has been awarded a Picturing America grant, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Picturing America” introduces citizens of every age to the nation’s history and culture by bringing great works of American art into classrooms and libraries. The award includes a collection of 40 high-quality reproductions of American art, along with a Teachers Resource Book.

The library should receive the collection in March or April 2009. For further information about the program and to see the art to be received, visit


Shawnee State

Shawnee State welcomes Katy Mathuews as our new circulation librarian. Katy’s undergraduate degree is from SSU, and she holds both an MLIS from Kent and a Masters in Applied Economics from Ohio University.  In addition to her library position, Katy is an adjunct instructor of Economics and is an active member of the Women’s Center at SSU.

Shawnee State welcomes back Tess Collier, who has returned to the position of circulation clerk after an absence of two years during which she gave birth to baby Braedon.

Shawnee State’s Clark Memorial Library, partnering with the Portsmouth Public Library and other community organizations to promote the local Big Read of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, is sponsoring a lecture by Charles Shields, author of the Lee biography, Mockingbird.


Southern State Community College

In March of each year in honor of Women’s History Month, we have had a Women’s Tea. The ladies love this. The event is free but we do ask for reservations because we have the meal caterered. We honor a lady in our community who has done great things in her community and there is a speaker selected for this event.

In April comes National Library Week. We start off on Monday with a trivia contest between the LRC (Library) staff and the Adult Opportunity Class. We have selected staff and faculty come up with the questions for the contest. This event is a fun time where we can laugh and joke with each other. Sometimes students don’t see the library staff as people who can have fun. The losers cook a meal for the winners and then we set a time so we can all eat together.  It has been a great time to get to know each other. Each team has taken their turn in the winner’s slot.

We have a variety of events each day starting on Monday at 8:00 am and ending on Thursday at 8:00 pm. Some of our events for this year include “Dressing for Success/Interviewing Skills”, “Poetry Session”, “Liberty Band” (the oldest brass band in Ohio is based in one of our counties), “Blue and Gracie” (pet therapy dogs), “Body Language”, “Personality Assessment”, “Piano Concert”, “Jewelry Making”, “Wild Carrot”, (performers from Cincinnati), “Southern Idol” (new this year, it is a student talent contest) and many more.

Everything that we do is free and open to the public.  Of course, we always making sure that we have some kind of food at each event.


The University of Toledo

Alice Crosetto, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Collection Management, is a recipient of the ALAO Professional Development Committee’s Continuing Education Grant for 2009.

Arjun Saberharwal was recently hired as an Assistant Professor and Digital Initiatives Librarian for the Canaday Center. He will be digitizing collections for the University Libraries as well the University community.

Connie Maguire moved from the Scott Park Learning Resource Center to the Carlson Library Serials Department.

Sue Chomyczen moved from the Scott Park Learning Resource Center to Academic Support.

“Visual Thinking and Learning Applications: Educational and Commercial Communities” was presented at the University System of Ohio’s “Libraries, Learning + Technology 2009” conference on March 3rd by Brian Hickam (Librarian for the College of Health Science and Human Service, The University of Toledo); Jeff Jablonski (Senior Instructional Designer, The University of Toledo); Laura S. Johnson (Learning Specialist with The University of Toledo Learning Collaborative); and Tom Crawford (CEO of VizThink).

“Filling the Void: The Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk Archiving Project,” a paper by Brian Hickam and Thomas Atwood (Coordinator Information Literacy & Library Instruction, The University of Toledo) was presented at the “Heavy Fundametalisms: Music, Metal and Politics” conference on November 4, 2008 in Salzburg, Austria.  This archive is housed at Bowling Green State University’s Sound Recordings Archive.

The Canaday Center recently received two awards for its exhibit, From Institutions to Independence: A History of People with Disabilities in Northwest Ohio:

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo’s 2008 Community Access Award

Ohio Public Images Award, 2009

 The exhibit has been extended through May 8, 2009.

The Carlson Library (Main Campus) and Mulford Library (Health Science Campus) are proud to be collaborating with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library. TLCPL is graciously providing for checkout over 400 copies of current best sellers for students, faculty and staff on both campuses.





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