People & Library News

Bryant & Stratton College News

Joseph M. Dudley has been promoted to the role of System Librarian and will be providing reference and technical services for campuses in Ohio, western New York, and Wisconsin.

-Joseph M. Dudley, Bryant & Stratton College

Case Western Reserve University News

After a conference back in 2019, Andrew Mancuso (Preservation Officer, Scholarly Resources & Special Collections) was approached by a researcher at the Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and asked if the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) had any interest in participating as a test institution for a grant they were working on. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) indeed awarded their Research Grant proposal to build a low-cost, end-to-end multi-spectral imaging system; and so RIT built it, named it MISHA, and sent it on the road to its first field testing site (KSL). Since then, Naomi Langer (Digitization Technician Digital Learning & Scholarship) and Andrew have been imaging known palimpsests in KSL’s collections, processing the data, and writing feedback for RIT and the NEH about the system and software. Naomi and Andrew just wrapped up a whirlwind tour of collaborating with 8 different institutions across the state of Ohio, imaging collections objects, and providing them the raw data to process and make their own discoveries with.

Results from a test strip of effaced parchment and from a worn manuscript bound volume from visits to The Preservation Lab at the University of Cincinnati and a visit to the Thompson Library at OSU.

CWRU Personnel News

Kelvin Smith Library hired Olivia Hobbs as a Research Services Librarian to support various disciplines in the arts & humanities and the social sciences. Olivia is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee (Master of Science in Information Science). She recently worked in Delaware for the Dover Public Library and Kent County Public Library.

Ben Gorham (Kelvin Smith Library) was elected to the ILiADS (Institute for Liberal Arts and Digital Scholarship) Steering Committee in the position of Academic Partnerships Coordinator. This is a 2-year term position in which Ben will work with academic institutions and ILiADS to prepare for and run the annual, weeklong digital scholarship event and conference. The annual ILiADS summer institute draws participants from around the country to collaborate on and advance digital scholarship projects and is now in its sixth year of operation.

Learn more about Yolanda Cooper, new vice provost and Lindseth Family University Librarian, with this recent interview:

Josie Cotton was recently awarded a Library Education Scholarship from the FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries Scholarship Committee. She is currently pursuing a Library Science graduate degree at Kent State University.

Brian C. Gray, Case Western Reserve University

University of Toledo News

The Health Science Campus of The University of Toledo is celebrating its 17th year as host of the Artist Showcase. The show features a variety of creative works from faculty, staff, and students in the health sciences at the university. In the past, shows were physically displayed, and accompanied by an artists’ reception and a speaking event. The COVID-19 pandemic made a traditional show impossible, and so for 2021 the artwork was available to view digitally. This year the show is available to view both in person and online; a decision was made by the show’s committee to exclude the speaker and reception due to the continuing presence of the virus. The 2021 event and current show may be viewed here: Video of two guest lecturers (The Marriage of Art and Science and Create Your Own World) can be viewed at

-Gerald Natal, ALAO President Elect/ Interim President, The University of Toledo

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