People & Library News

Ashland University News

Ashland University Library has hired a new Technical Services Librarian, Chloe Bragg, who is a recent graduate of the Kent State University iSchool.  Welcome to AU Chloe!

-Anita Slack, Ashland University, Communications Editor

Case Western Reserve University News

3rd National Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Conference | March 21-22, 2018

We here at Kelvin Smith Library are proud to host this important gathering for academic leaders from across the United States and Canada. The conference is the first and only of its kind in the country that focuses on all aspects of the first year student experience and the personalization of outreach and services for incoming students. Additionally, the conference is centered around creating sustainable library initiatives, assessing service and resource outcomes, and building collaborative relationships between the library and across the academic enterprise.

Register today:

Kelvin Smith Library Introduces Two New University Library Workshop Series

In the Fall of 2017, Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University launched two new workshop series to 1) support faculty as they prepare for the promotion and tenure process and 2) show graduate students how to best demonstrate one’s value in a research field. The workshops will help faculty and students navigate the evolving publishing landscape from copyright law, marketing research, online presence, to negotiating publishing contracts.
Increasing your Scholarly Impact for Faculty: Navigating Promotion & Tenure
Increasing your Scholarly Impact for Graduate Students: Getting Publications Recognized

Kelvin Smith Library Announces Launch of Freedman Student Fellowship in Digital Scholarship

This new scholarship is one of the first in the nation funded by private donations which provides direct grants and employment to students in the digital scholarship field. The first two recipients of the scholarship are Case Western Reserve University students: Vishnu Akella, a third-year undergraduate student, and Wen Min, a third-year medical student.

This year’s theme, “Urban planning in Modern America,” focuses on KSL’s Ernst J. Bohn collection. Using these resources, the Freedman Student Fellow projects look at policy and how they impact equity and sustainability in Cleveland communities:

  • Vishnu Akella’s project, “Dream Neighborhoods: Examining Cleveland’s Refugee Housing Communities,” looks at alternative modern solutions to refugee housing, such as Cleveland’s International Village.
  • Wen Min project, “Public Housing and Cleveland’s Health: Impacts Over Half a Decade Later,” explores the correlation between health trends and public housing. For example, despite the moratorium on the use of lead paint for almost 40 years, Min has found that 14.2% of children in Cleveland still test positive for lead poisoning.

For more information:

Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison have committed $250,000 to initiate a major new endowment for this fellowship with a challenge to secure the matching funds in the next 3-5 years.

If you are interested in contributing to the matching funds, please contact Christine Klecic, Director of Library Development, by phone at (216) 368-3510 or by email at

-Corina Chang, Case Western Reserve University

Help Start a Two-year and Community College ALAO Interest Group

Do you work in a two-year, community, junior or technical college?  Would you be interested in an ALAO Interest group focused on the work being done in two-year or community colleges?  So are we! Contact Sara Klink, Assistant Director of Library Services at Stark State College, or Julie McDaniel, Student Success Librarian at Sinclair Community College,, to let us know you are interested and to sign the application for Interest Group status within ALAO.  We hope to have everything put together in time to present it to the ALAO Board at the February meeting.

We are also seeking suggestions for a name for the proposed interest group.  “Two-Year, Community, Junior & Technical College Libraries Interest Group” just doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.  Send us your recommendation for a name for the group.

-Sara Klink, Stark State College
-Julie McDaniel, Sinclair Community College

Hiram College News

After 33 years, Jeff Wanser is retiring from his position as Government Documents & Collection Development Librarian at Hiram College. Jeff began working there in 1984, after receiving his M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held a variety of titles over the decades, including Head of Reference, Interim Director, and Interim Cataloger, as well as being an Adjunct faculty member in the Dept. of Sociology and the M.A.I.S. Program.

-Jeff Wanser, Hiram College

Oberlin College News

Oberlin College is seeking an Associate Director of Libraries, following the retirement of Alan Boyd last year.  The job posting is in the final stages of approval.  Look for it here: Jobs at Oberlin, in the Professional Staff category.

-Alison Ricker, Oberlin College, Procedures Manual Coordinator

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