People and Library News

Ashland University News

Please join Ashland University Library in welcoming Anita Slack to the AU Community. Anita is a reference and instruction librarian and will be the library liaison for Dietetics, Nursing, Health Sciences, Communication Studies, English, and Journalism & Digital Media.

Anita comes to us from Ursuline College, where she served as a Reference & Instruction librarian for three years. In addition to her Masters of Library and Information Science, she also possesses a Bachelor and Master of Arts in English with a concentration in literature and writing. Prior to Ursuline, Anita was an Information Services Librarian at Vincennes University.
Janice Marotta, Ashland University


Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland News

Joseph M. Dudley (Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland) co-presented “Developing Shared eBook Collections” with Paul Mitchell (Bryant & Stratton College, Eastlake) at the BSC system office in Buffalo, NY, to an audience of librarians from across the BSC four-state system on August 30, 2016.  The presentation noted Grigson’s (2011) position that standard library cataloging is not the most efficient way to market library eBooks (“Making e-book collections visible to readers”) and then detailed the work being done by the BSC Ohio librarians to create subject-focused mini collections, drawn from BSC’s existing eBook collection, which can be posted to LibGuides pages and shared across multiple library sites.  The presentation concluded with an invitation to BSC librarians outside of Ohio to share their subject expertise by contributing to the project.
Joseph M. Dudley,  Bryant & Stratton College, Cleveland, ALAO Webmaster


Case Western Reserve University News
Beloved Music Librarian Stephen Toombs Passes

On August 17, 2016, Stephen Toombs, director of the Kulas Music Library at Case Western Reserve University, passed away. Toombs, survived by Jean, his wife of 31 years, and a brother, sister and two nieces, is known for his selflessness to the music community at CWRU. “For me, his defining characteristic was quiet generosity,” says David Rothenberg, chair of the Department of Music. “While never calling attention to himself, he worked tirelessly to help our faculty and students make use of the resources in our music library. He was an invaluable resource and will be missed dearly.”

Toombs began at Case Western Reserve University in 1988, serving as the research services librarian for the performing arts (music, dance and theater) and classics, responsible for developing the collections, providing reference services and instruction in library resources, as acting as the library’s liaison to those departments. He was also a professional lutenist and played baroque guitar, with a special interest in chamber music and song of the 17th century.

Kelvin Smith Library Welcomes Mark Clemente

Cleveland native Mark Clemente returned to his hometown after spending at MIT in their scholarly communications role. He has joined CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library as the new Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian, providing education and support on scholarly publishing, copyright, open access and research data management.

KSL Celebrates 20 years

Kelvin Smith Library is celebrating 20 years this October! Events slated for the anniversary include:

A Night with Tom Bachtell: KSL will host the famed The New Yorker caricaturist in a talk at 4:00 on Monday, October 10, followed by a light reception.

“Innovating a Career in Games”: Phillip Orbanes [CIT ’70], who is the founder of Winning Moves Games and was senior Vice President for Research and Development at Parker Brothers, will be delivering a speech at Kelvin Smith Library on Friday, October 14, from 2o-3:30 p.m. Orbanes has written books about the board game Monopoly and the history of Parker Brothers. .

Open House: The Homecoming Open House centers around gaming, in honor of guest speaker Phillip Orbanes.In addition to games tailored around KSL resources and services, the event includes refreshments, prize drawings, tours and more.
Rachel Trem, Case Western Reserve University


Cleveland Institute of Art News

Laura M. Ponikvar, who was previously the Instructional Services and Image Librarian, is now the Library Director of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library.

 Jackie Lagunzad has also joined the library staff as our new Library Assistant.
Laura M. Ponikvar,Cleveland Institute of Art


Defiance College News 

Defiance College has added some Ohio primary source documents to its DC
Memory website.  What would become Schauffler College was founded in
Cleveland in 1886 and moved to Oberlin in 1954.  After Oberlin closed
its theological department, Schauffler’s archives came to Defiance

Defiance digitized two of Schauffler’s publications, The Bible Reader
(1892-1905) and The Schauffler Memorial (1906-1930), as well as a
collection of tracts advertising Schauffler’s graduates’ work with
European immigrants in the Cleveland area and beyond.  These
publications provide primary source material on American attitudes
towards immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Besides these documents, others related to Schauffler’s history are
also available, such as yearbooks and Commencement programs.  Here is
the link to the Schauffler material that has been digitized:   Once on that page, you can select a
subcollection, such as publications, yearbooks, etc.  For further
information, contact the Library staff:
Barb Sedlock, Defiance College


Denison University News

Denison University is pleased to announce a quartet of new librarians:

Amy Elliott joined us as Humanities Liaison Librarian last September. She has her M.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.S. from the University of Tennessee. Her past gigs include OCLC (the worldwide library cooperative), Georgia State, Boise State, Pellissippi State, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut.

Melissa Engleman has been our Assistant Director for Education & Research since January 2016. Melissa’s M.S.L.S. is from the University of Kentucky, and her M.A. was earned at Murray State. Melissa brings library and teaching experience from Murray State, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, and Credo Reference.

Yiming Guo is our new Sciences Liaison Librarian. With his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his M.L.I.S. from McGill, Yiming brings a breadth and depth of experience. He joined us on August 18 and is originally from China, but has lived and worked in North America for 12 years, including Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Missouri, and Iowa.

Stephanie Kays, our Fine Arts Librarian, received her M.A.S. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of British Columbia. Stephanie has been working in libraries since 2001, and at Denison since late June. She has plied her trade at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Tate Gallery in London, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the University of Oregon, and Wright State University.
BethAnn Zambella, Denison University


John Carroll University News

Cindy Lenox, Business Librarian at Grasselli Library & Breen Learning Center received the 2016 Distinguished Member Award from the Business and Finance Division of the Special Libraries Association.
Cindy Lenox, John Carroll University


Marietta College News 

Jeffrey Cottrell is the new Serials Assistant at Marietta College.  He comes to Marietta College’s Legacy Library from the library at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Douglas Anderson, Marietta College



David Green Honored with OPAL Service Award


The 2016 OPAL Conference recently held at the Roberta A. Smith Library on the Muskingum University campus culminated in a recognition of OhioNET staffer David Green with the OPAL Service Award.

The OPAL Service Award recognizes efforts “above and beyond” normal commitments made to the consortium.  This year, David worked with the newly-created OPAL Community of Interest for Website Revision to produce a brand-new website for the OPAL consortium.

David joins a long and illustrious list of past award winners (
Christine Morris, OhioNET


Ohio Northern University News

Bethany Spieth has joined Heterick Memorial Library at Ohio Northern University as the Instruction and Access Services Librarian. She is originally from Beavercreek, Ohio, and holds a BA in German and Creative Writing from Ohio University, as well as an MLIS from the University of Illinois. She is so excited to be back in Ohio and part of the amazing Ohio library community.
Jennifer Donley, Ohio Northern University


Ohio University News

Paul Campbell has been hired on as the Subject Librarian for the Social Sciences at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  In this position he will be the subject liaison for political science, psychology, and public administration.  He began this new position on June 20, 2016

His previous position was with Ohio University Lancaster as the Instructional Librarian/Instructional Designer.  And prior to that, he was the Reference & Instruction Librarian at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
Paul Campbell, Ohio University


Southern State Community College

Southern State Community College Librarian, Angel Mootispaw, has accepted the responsibility of Distance Education Coordinator the institution. Her title will remain Librarian but her job will now be a balance between distance education and library functions. Her role in the library will focus primarily on the oversight of Collection Development, Acquisitions, and Cataloging.
Angel Mootispaw, Southern State Community College, ALAO Secretary


The Ohio State University, Lima Campus News

Reference librarian, Calvin Cleary, and library director Tina Schneider co-authored a book chapter that came out just recently in the ACRL publication The Small and Rural Academic Library:  Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations. 

Schneider, T. and Cleary, C. (2016).  Strengthening the small library: creating opportunities for archives development. In K. D. Kendrick and D. Tritt (Eds.), The small and rural academic library: leveraging resources and overcoming limitations(pp. 23-38). Chicago: ACRL.
Tina Schneider, The Ohio State University, Lima Campus

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