People and Library News


Bowling Green State University
After 34 years of work in libraries, Jeanne Langendorfer retired on November 30, 2014. Jeanne began work at BGSU in June 1999; previously, she worked at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, at Kent State University-Kent, and at Kent State University-Geauga. She also worked as circulation evening and weekend supervisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library, while working on her graduate degree. Jeanne’s recent responsibilities included serials acquisition, e-journal access and maintenance, binding, and print journal collections. Other responsibilities were coordinating government documents processing and government document print and microform collection management. “Working in Ohio in the years prior to and during OhioLINK has been a great experience. Even better has been knowing wonderful colleagues around the state!” — Jeanne Langendorfer

The Bryant & Stratton College – Cleveland campus library is building a special collection of materials addressing the ex-offender’s return to the workforce. The collection is in support of the new on-campus legal clinic and the ongoing community education work of the Career Services department, in partnership with several organizations and community leaders throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area. The collection will be housed in the legal clinic. — Joseph Dudley

Case Western Reserve University
New staff at the Kelvin Smith Library, since July 2014:

  • Rob Cox, Library Assistant, Access & Delivery Team.
  • Evan Meszaros,Digital Research Services Librarian for the Sciences, Digital Learning & Scholarship Team.
  • Jennifer Kremyar Librarian for Acquisitions & Metadata Services.
  • Christine Damukaitis Finance & Assessment Manager.
  • Paul Heyde Team Leader for Acquisitions & Metadata Services.
  • Sarah Jorgenson  Finance & Administration Coordinator, Library Planning, Budgets & Assessment Team.
  • Roger Zender Associate Director for Creation & Curation (previously held the position of Team Leader for Digital Learning & Scholarship)

National colloquium on library special collections:  On October 21-22, 2014, the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University welcomed nearly 200 participants from across the country and Canada for Acknowledging the Past, Forging the Future, a national colloquium on library special collections. Presented in collaboration with River Campus Library at
University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University Libraries and Washington in St. Louis, the two-day event hosted thought leaders in special collections and archives from diverse backgrounds, including library administrators, special collections librarians, serious book collectors, scholars (both faculty and students) and rare book and manuscript booksellers and auctioneers.

Featured keynote speakers were some of the most distinguished voices in the field, including opening keynote speaker, Sarah Thomas (Harvard University) and closing keynote speaker, Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), as well as plenary keynote speakers Stephen Enniss (University of Texas at Austin), Alice Schreyer (University of Chicago) and Jay Satterfield (Dartmouth College). To view the speakers’ slides and speaker and panelist bios, visit

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at Kelvin Smith Library hosted its annual Digital Scholarship Colloquium on November 6-7, 2014. This year’s colloquium, “Pedagogy & Practices,” focused on digital research pedagogy and practices in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.  More information is at the colloquium website at  —Hannah Levy

Cleveland State University
Gail Marredeth retired, effective December 12, 2014, after 35 years at CSU. Gail was the Head of Access Service from 1979-1988, and served as the Nursing, Biology and Health Sciences Librarian from 1988 until her retirement. —Gail Marredeth

Denison University

  • Sasha Griffin came to Denison as the Archivist/Special Collections Librarian from Luther College in Iowa where she was serving as the Interim College Archivist. Sasha has a B.A. in History from Capital University and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.
  • Sarah (Ray) Schaff was recently hired as the new Discovery Librarian. She has been employed since 2007 at Denison as a Library Associate III working with serials and electronic serials. Sarah has a B.A. in Philosophy from Xavier University and will receive her Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University in the spring.
  • Beverly Gage, Library Associate II in Government Documents retired in August after 28 years of service. She and her husband Leon remain active in the Bunkhouse Reelers Square-dance Club.
  • Ellen Conrad, Cataloging Supervisor retired in May after working with us for 13 years. She was hired as a Library Associate III in Cataloging and was promoted to supervisor in 2007.
  • Heather Lyle, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian left at the end of March after 12 years of service at Denison. Heather returned to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area to be closer to friends and family. — Peggy Rector

Lakeland Community College
The Library conducted a year-long study as part of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Assessment in Action (AiA) project. The study assessed the impact of librarian-provided information literacy instruction (ILI) on student success with a research assignment given across 12 sections of English 1110, Composition 1A. The results of the study showed that the ILI had a statistically significant impact on student success with the assignment. Team Leader, Thomas Hyland, presented the study in a poster at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, and he will be part of a panel, “Sustaining Success: Creating Community College Assessment Methods,” with other community college librarians, who participated in AiA, at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon. —Thomas Hyland

Lakeland Community College Librarians provided a workshop for Lake and Geauga County High School and Middle School science teachers at the Holden University Center on October 1, 2014. The workshop was made possible by the Lakeland Foundation’s Faculty Challenge Grant.  The day-long session focused on incorporating information literacy practices and critical thinking skills into assignments, lesson plans, and units aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core. Teachers designed active learning assignments that can be used with their students to teach essential skills required under the new standards. Guest speakers, Lakeland Biology Faculty, presented on college readiness and information evaluation in the sciences. The workshop was the first step toward Lakeland Library creating a sustainable partnership with teachers from local school districts. — Michelle Rossman

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Heather McEwen
graduated from the Research Track Fellowship in Academic Medicine at NEOMED on November 12, 2014. Her project was entitled An Assessment of College of Medicine Learning Objectives Using Bloom’s Taxonomy. Heather recently presented at The Generalists in Medical Education Annual Conference, November 2014, held in Chicago, with several colleagues: Labuda Schrop, Susan; Weiss, Lisa; McEwen, Heather; Basaran, Cristina. Need a More Robust Curriculum Inventory? Consider Bloom. She gave a poster presentation earlier this year as well: Johnson, Rienne; McEwen, Heather; Chyatte, Michelle. Plagiarism Education Using a Flipped Classroom Approach. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Pharmacy Education. Grapevine, TX, July 2014. — Heather McEwen

OLSSI, the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute, held its 13th annual conference at Wilmington College, July 27–29, 2014. Twenty-four classes made up the curriculum, including author James A. Willis as a guest speaker. A drawing for a free registration to ALAO was held, the winner being Crystal Kelley of the Carlson Library, University of Toledo. OLSSI 2015 will be held at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, July 26–28th.the Ohio Library Support Staff Institute will hold its 14th annual conference for library assistants and librarians July 26 – 28, 2015 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. — Michael Bradshaw

Otterbein University
Elizabeth (Betsy) Salt, Cataloger/Metadata Librarian at Otterbein University, will retire December 31, 2014 after 31 years at Otterbein. Betsy hopes to pursue her interests in travel, writing, gardening, and genealogy after her retirement as well as continuing to remain active in four volunteer organizations in Westerville, Ohio. — Lois Szudy

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