People and Library News

Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland News
Joseph M. Dudley will present “Website Design for Student Usability: Implementing LibGuides at the Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Campus Library” at the Teaching, Colleges, and Community (TCC) Virtual Conference, April 19 – 21, 2016.  The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings volume, which will be available online from the Education & Information Technology Digital Library.
Joseph M. Dudley, Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland, Webmaster

Case Western Reserve University News
Kelvin Smith Library welcomes five new members to their team:

Liz Bernal, Assessment Officer
Richard Shrake, Team Leader of Digital Learning and Scholarship
Christine Torrence, Finance and Assessment Manager
Amber Stout, Access & Delivery Services and Library Assistant
Rachel Trem, Marketing and Communications Manager

Rich comes to KSL with a background in information and technology management in public and academic libraries, corporate archives and independent research libraries. Rachel joins Case with extensive editorial and design experience, both in a marketing capacity.

Proactive Reference Help
Brian Gray (Team Leader Research Services) presented at the Going Out of Bounds with Reference Services Online Conference (Amigos Online Conference). His presentation, titled “Targeted Research Support – Efforts Influenced by the Business World,” focused on how reference/research support can be proactive and move way from the traditional reference desk.
Rachel Trem, Case Western Reserve University

Defiance College News
From Defiance College Archives:  Court News Ohio, a communication service of the Ohio Supreme Court, visited the Defiance College campus recently to do a feature video on the Hermann Wiebe collection of Ohio courthouse paintings housed in the Pilgrim Library. Wiebe created oil paintings of all 88 Ohio county courthouses, plus the Ohio Statehouse. The story features interviews with director Michelle Blank, archivist Barb Sedlock, Judge Joseph Schmenk and Hermann’s son, Harry Wiebe. The story can be viewed here:
Barb Sedlock, Defiance College

Denison University News
Forthcoming article, preprint available:

Shannon Marie Robinson. “Artists as Scholars: The Research Behavior of Dance Faculty.” Accepted: January 13, 2016; Anticipated Publication Date: November 1, 2016.

Formerly at Denison University, Shannon was a 2013 recipient of an ALAO Research and Publications Research Grant.
Heidi Gauder, University of Dayton, Research and Publications Committee Chair

Kent State University News
Kent State University Libraries Provide Access to Kent State Shootings Audio Archive

Over 100 reel-to-reel audio recordings pertaining to the May 1970 Kent State shootings and their aftermath are now accessible through the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives’ digital repository. Some of the recently digitized items include previously inaccessible audio recordings of radio call-in forums, a speech by University President Robert I. White the day after the shootings, a press conference with six students who met with President Richard M. Nixon just days after the shootings, the Scranton Commission hearings, and a speech made by Dick Gregory at the Kent State Memorial Service in 1971.

The digitization project started in spring 2015, after the Kent State University Libraries were awarded a $2,000 Ohio Archives Grant for the proposal, “Providing Access to the Kent State Shootings Audio Archive.” The Ohio Archives Grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, an arm of the National Archives and Records Administration through their State and National Archival Partnership Grants program. Kent State University Libraries faculty members Cara Gilgenbach, Virginia Dressler, and Lae’l Hughes-Watkins prepared the successful proposal.

Gilgenbach, Head of Special Collections and Archives noted, “As we head toward the 50th anniversary of this pivotal event in American history, we seek to provide expanded access to unprocessed portions of the collection, especially audio-visual materials, which are highly sought by researchers.” The audio recordings are available online and are accessible worldwide.
Cara Gilgenbach, Kent State University

Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) News
Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Internships

Do you have a project that you would love to get started but need some extra help? Is there something on the back burner in you library that you would like to see addressed? Perhaps a graduate student in the Kent State University MLIS program would be a good fit for your library. The Internship program requires 150 hours of service and students are eager to roll up their sleeves to help out and gain much valued hands-on experience in an academic library. Students are able to help with a wide variety of work such as weeding and collection analysis projects, preparing and assessing instructional materials, creating Libguides, working with library social media platforms, providing reference services, or reviewing and drafting policies. The Internship is an important part of our students’ professional formation and we are grateful to all the libraries that support our program – and the profession – by working with Internship students. For more information about the program or to discuss possible Internship or volunteer opportunities, please contact Miriam Matteson (
Miriam Matteson, Kent State University SLIS, Board Member

Miami University Middletown News
Jessica Long was awarded continuing contract and promoted to Associate Librarian by the Miami University Board of Trustees.  She has been the Public Services Librarian for the Gardner-Harvey Library since 2010. She holds an MLIS from Kent State University and completed the coursework for a Master of Medieval Archaeology from the University of York.
John J. Burke, Miami University Middletown

Shawnee State University News
Congratulations to Zachary Lewis, previously Clark Memorial Library Access Services Specialist, who was the successful candidate in Shawnee State University’s Access Services Librarian search.  Zachary’s MLIS is from Kent State.  Zachary has been with Clark Memorial Library since 2011; while a Shawnee State undergraduate, he worked as a Reference Assistant.  We welcome Zachary and look forward to his management team contributions.
Mary E. Cummings, Shawnee State University

Ursuline College News
Congratulations to Rebecca Plock, who recently joined Ursuline College as the Technical Services Librarian. Rebecca earned her BA from Pratt Institute’s School of Art & Design and MSLIS from Pratt Institute’s School of Information & Library Science.  Rebecca has catalog, library, and archival experience from her work at Southold Free Library, Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn Museum, and Shelter Island Historical Society.
Anita J. Slack, Ursuline College, Communications Editor

Xavier University
Anne Davies and Vicki Young (Xavier University Library) will be presenting “The Research Hour: A Partnership between Librarians, Faculty and the Writing Center” at WILU (Workshop for Instruction in Library Use) in Vancouver, Canada May 30-June 1, 2016.
Vicki Young, Xavier University

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