People and Libraries News

Bowling Green State University
Patricia K. Falk, Special Collections Cataloguer and Stefanie Hunker, Digital Resources Librarian, Bowling Green State University, have recently co-authored a book entitled Cataloguing Outside the Box: A Practical Guide to Cataloguing Special Collections Materials.

The book is a practical guide to cataloguing and processing the unique special collections formats in the Browne Popular Culture Library (BPCL) and the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives (MLSRA) at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) (e.g. fanzines, popular sound recordings, comic books, motion picture scripts and press kits, popular fiction). It also assists professionals and students in Library and Information Science facing the same cataloguing challenges. Additionally, name authority work for these collections will be addressed.

Bryant & Stratton College-Downtown
Joseph M. Dudley (Librarian and Chair, Virtual Library Committee, Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland Downtown) will present “Library Web Sites Reconsidered: Philosophy and Best Practices” at the 15th Annual TCC Worldwide Online Conference, “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Communication, Collaboration, Communities, Mobility and Best Choices,” April 20-22, 2010.

Case Western Reserve University
“The American Library Association is announcing the Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, as the 2010 recipient of the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant. The award is presented annually to a library or library organization demonstrating the greatest need for a staff development program furthering the goals and objectives of library services. The award is donated by the H.W. Wilson Company and consists of a citation and $3,500 to assist with the development of a library staff-training program.

The Kelvin Smith Library will use the award to support professional development for the Traveling and Training with Technology (T3): a Tool Kit for Staff Development. The library will develop a flexible traveling training program that builds upon the library’s established CaseLearns training and will bring continuing education directly to staff members located in libraries beyond the walls of the Kelvin Smith Library.” – from an ALA press release

Brian Gray, Engineering Librarian,  presented a virtual poster session with sound at the 8th Annual International Online Conference (IOC) for Teaching and Learning, which took place March 17-19, 2010. It is called “Energy Collaborative Platform, Partnership in Energy Research & Education”.

New Hire:  Suzhen Chen has been hired for the Cataloging Librarian-Quality Control and Maintenance Librarian 1 position.

Cleveland State University
Diane Kolosionek, Education & Urban Affairs Subject Specialist Librarian and Kiffany Francis, Metadata/Communication Librarian, were promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, effective July 1, 2010.

Barbara Strauss, Assistant Director for Technical Services and a Master Gardner, together with Carolyn Hufford, a recent Kent State University library school graduate and Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections volunteer, displayed their exhibit, Feeding Cleveland, at the Library in March.  The exhibit, first displayed at the Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D. Exhibition Gallery in the CSU Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, in May 2009, explores the role urban agriculture played in feeding Cleveland beginning in the early Twentieth Century.  Ms. Strauss and Ms. Hufford carefully crafted this montage on the Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program using photographs from the Library’s Cleveland Memory Project.

Their online exhibit, Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture, was created using photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection, The Ohio State University, Extension, Cuyahoga County, New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, and an historic collection of materials from Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

On March 24, Ms. Strauss gave an illustrated talk in the Library on the history of the working men’s farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens of World War II, the community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement as examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties and opportunities. Mark DiDonato, vermiculturist extraordinaire and teacher in Cleveland Public Schools, demonstrated the construction of an indoor worm bin, which is suitable for composting cooking scraps and creating outstanding soil.
For more information, contact Barbara Strauss at 216-687-2362 or

Five Colleges of Ohio
The Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc. – a consortium consisting of Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster – has been awarded a two-year, $600,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to integrate digital resources into the curriculum.

The grant, “Next Steps in the Next-Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum,” recognizes the continuing transformation of academic libraries through digital technologies and the critical importance of ensuring that liberal arts college libraries remain integral to their institutions’ academic programs and to student learning. “We are grateful that the Mellon Foundation has so generously acknowledged the potential of this project to advance collaborative librarianship and the academic use of local digital collections,” said Susan Palmer, executive director of the Five Colleges of Ohio. “Our 15-year partnership with the Mellon Foundation has been invaluable in enriching the liberal arts experience for all members of the five-college community.”

The five objectives of the grant are to (1) help faculty to identify, build, and integrate digital collections into their courses through a partnership with librarians; (2) enhance access to scholarly endeavors of both faculty and students; (3) create a professional development program for library staff to enrich their technological sophistication and implement innovative efforts; (4) establish a digital infrastructure to improve support for new initiatives; and (5) develop a portal that will function as a gateway to digital collections and a site for accessing digitization procedures and training documents.

The emphasis will be on digital collections centered around faculty research interests, materials from the colleges’ special collections and archives, and student publications. “The grant will provide free and open access to digital documents that were once only available on our individual campuses, sometimes to a very limited number of people,” said Mark Christel, project director and director of libraries at The College of Wooster. “Digital publishing is an important next step for college libraries and taking that step collaboratively, with our outstanding Ohio Five partners, seems like the perfect way to proceed.”
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Marietta College
Douglas Anderson, Director of the Legacy Library at Marietta College, is serving as Chairman of the OhioNet Board of Trustees.

OHIONET Spring Preview for Academic Libraries
OHIONET is pleased to announce the annual Spring Preview of eResources for Academic Libraries, which will begin on April 1, 2010.  Please visit the preview website for free trial access to over 100 eResources, including many new titles.  For more information about the Preview, please contact Mary Conroy at OHIONET.

OHIONET eResources Pavilion – September 10, 2010
Mark your calendars now!  OHIONET is partnering with the Ohio Library Council to offer the first-ever eResources Pavilion at the OLC Expo on September 10 at the Ohio Expo Center’s Lausche Building in Columbus.  The OLC Expo is a long-standing event that draws hundreds of librarians from around the state to meet with vendors of  library equipment, supplies, and services.  This year, OHIONET is coordinating efforts with OLC to bring additional eResource vendors to the event.  The Expo is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with e-resource as well as a wide variety of library vendors without traveling to a costly national conference.  We hope you’ll join us here to start conversations with vendors in anticipation of the ALAO 36th Annual Conference in October.  Please contact Christine Morris at OHIONET for more information.

Recycling and Free-cycling at OHIONET
If you have visited OHIONET lately, you may have noticed that we have new recycling containers and have expanded our recycling efforts.  We are recycling cans, plastics, and paper.  For several months we had an arrangement with SWACO, who lent us bins and picked up our used office-grade paper for quality paper recycling, at no cost to us. During this time, we made extra efforts to clean out our old files and filled the large blue recycle trash bins to overflowing.  However, SWACO’s free program for small businesses ended this month, so staff volunteers are again handling removal.  We are now looking for a replacement service to pick up recyclables — any suggestions?
While cleaning out our closets for paper, our Green Team noticed that we had miscellaneous useable items we no longer needed.   This lead us to the Waste-not-Center in Columbus, which also has counterparts in other cities.  It is a perfect place to “free-cycle” surplus odds and ends. Anyone can donate there, and for a small membership fee,  teachers, artists and non-profit organizations can get free office supplies, art, school, and crafts materials. Among the things we found to donate were cups and binders from companies that no longer exist! Maybe they’ll be turned into cute vases and scrapbooks!  To inspire more free-cycling, we’re planning staff “white elephant” swaps, where one person’s trash can be another’s treasure? We’ll exchange decorative items to celebrate spring in March, and have a book and media swap in honor of National Library Week in April.

Ohio Northern University
In February, Kathleen Baril joined Heterick Memorial Library at Ohio Northern University as the collections and electronic resources librarian.  Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and her master’s in library and information science from the University of Iowa.  She also has a master’s in elementary education from Teachers Colleges, Columbia University.  She started her library work life as a library assistant at the Iowa State University library and has worked as a librarian at academic libraries in Minnesota and New York.  A native Ohioan, she is happy to be back in her home state working at a small college.

The Ohio State University at Marion/Marion Technical College
Betsy Blankenship, Director, has been appointed member, ACRL National Conference Workshops Committee, 2009-2011.

Ohio Wesleyan University
Xudong Jin, Associate Director of Libraries and Head of Technical Services at Ohio Wesleyan University, will lead a five-librarians team from other libraries to Chengdu, Chongqing, and Guangzhou in China to conduct a 15-days program in March, 2010. This is a part of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library’s IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Grant Project, Think Globally Act Globally. CALA (Chinese American Librarians Association, an ALA affiliate), for which Xudong serves as current President, has participated in the Project since 2009.

Ohio Library Support Staff Institute (OLSSI)
Michael Bradshaw has finished his term as Chair of OLSSI (Ohio Library Support Staff Institute). He is the first person to be elected Chairperson twice and the only person to serve in all 5 Officer positions on the OLSSI Steering Committee.

OLSSI is also announcing scholarships for the upcoming conference:

OLSSI 2010: July 25 – 27, 2010 @ Baldwin-Wallace College ~ Berea, Ohio
Scholarship Contest: March 15 -April 16
Early Bird Registration ($200): April 1 – May 1
Regular Registration ($225): May 2 -July 6

OLSSI also gives a free scholarship/registration to ALAO to give to the winner of their Award of Excellence (Support Staff of the Year Award).

Owens Community College
Owens Community College Library, Toledo Campus, is pleased to announce that we have a new reference librarian, Jane Berger.  Jane is a recent graduate of Wayne State University’s library science program and has worked in various library support staff positions.  Jane is replacing Sharon Stein, who retired in December 2009.

University of Cincinnati – Clermont College
Kathleen H. Epperson was promoted last September from Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian.

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