Rethinking Race

Join us for these can’t-miss events, part of a larger schedule of events during Rethinking Race:

Monday, February 2nd
The film, To cross An Ocean Four Centuries Long, will be shown at 2pm in room 154 Beirce Library. Join this mystical captain as she takes you on a journey through time with the assistance of beautifully arranged spirituals and African dance. Meet Phillis Wheatley, Hannah, servant to John Woolman, and John Jay’s Abby all enslaved but determined to be free.  Recording of a performance of the play, written by Dr. Amanda Kemp. View the film’s trailer.

Thursday, February 5th
Sister Friend:  Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner on Freedom, Love and the Divine.
7.30pm Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall.

This one-act play by Dr. Amanda Kemp explores Phillis Wheatley and Obour Tanner’s assertions of freedom, dignity and faith. The play blends narrative with African American spirituals, exquisitely rendered by tenor Deborah Billups and soprano Vanessa Ballard. You don’t want to miss this story that will make your toes tap and your heart soar.

For more information about the play visit Dr. Kemp’s website. Or view the play’s trailer.

Thursday, February 12th
The film, A Lot Like You, will be shown at 12 noon in room 154 of Bierce Library. A Lot Like You is a documentary film that explores the complex intersection between mixed race identity, culture and home. It follows Eliaichi Kimaro, who is a first generation American of Korean and Tanzanian ancestry back to Tanzania upon her parents’ retirement. After the film, stay for a discussion with Dr. Toja Okoh on the topics of race and identity. View the film’s trailer.

For questions about any of these events, please contact Lisa Lazar.

View more Rethinking Race events.

New white paper on linked data models available from OCLC and LC

The Library of Congress and OCLC just released a white paper comparing the linked data initiatives at both institutions:  LC’s BibFrame and OCLC’s  To find out more, follow this link:  It’s short:  only 12 pages!

OHIONET’s Fundamental of Cataloging Series is Now Online

Last summer, OHIONET relaunched the long-running training series, Fundamentals of Cataloging, with a new format, a new instructor, and new content.  Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 13th, OHIONET will be offering an online version of these sessions.  The day-long format has been converted into two-hour blocks, with guided practice and searching time, brief quizzes, and other learning engagement opportunities.  Now you can brush up on your cataloging know-how from your desk!  Sessions will be offered weekly.

Introduction and Basic Description:  Jan. 13th, Jan. 20th, & Jan. 27th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on each date.

Serials: Feb. 3rd, Feb. 10th, & Feb. 17th, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on each date.

Common AV Formats: Feb. 24th, Mar. 3rd, Mar. 10th (DVDs & digital video), & Mar. 17th (CDs & digital audio)

Each session will be presented live using the webinar software Citrix GoToWebinar.  Sessions will be recorded and all attendees will receive a link to the archived file within 1-2 business days following the scheduled date/time.  Please note–the sessions in each series build upon each other.

CLICK HERE to be taken OHIONET Training Calendar to sign-up for these sessions and to browse all the current CE options.

OCLC Scheduled downtime, Jan 3rd

On Saturday, 3 January 2015, OCLC has scheduled a technology upgrade to support system performance and reliability.

During this upgrade, all OCLC services will be unavailable on 3 January 2015, from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm, U.S. Eastern Standard Time (approximately 15 hours).

Cataloging Appointment

Michelle Mascaro, Electronic Services

Michelle Mascaro has been formally appointed to the ACRL/RBMS Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials Task Force to create an initial version of a consolidated Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM) standard based on RDA (Resource Description and Access).



MLIS Online Course

Tammy A Stitz, Science & Technology

Tammy A. Stitz has been teaching an Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals 3-credit core course in the MLIS program at Kent State University this past semester.  It was a condensed 10 week option that was 100% online with students enrolled from across the country. This course instructs students in a variety of technical expertise including hardware and software that librarians need to be aware, an introduction to HTML and relational databases, and an awareness of emerging technologies including current trends in discovery systems and new generation catalogs.






Presentations, Reviews & More

Bonnie Chojnacki, Science & Technology

National Presentations at Scholarly Conferences:

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Affordable Care Act Panel:” Breast Cancer, Affordable Care, and Politics.” Annual Conference of the Association of Politics and the Life Sciences. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2014.

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Health Care and Public Health Panel. “Patenting Life: Law, Biology, and Health.” Annual Conference of the Association of Politics and the Life Sciences. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, October 2013.

Book Review:

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Derkx, Peter and Harry Kunneman, eds. Genomics and Democracy: Towards a ‘Lingua Democratica’ for the Public Debate on Genomics. Amsterdam-New York, NY: Rodopi, 2013. 355pp. US $99.00. ISBN 978-90-420-3719-9. Politics and the Life Sciences. Forthcoming

Blind Reviewer:

World Medical and Health Policy (Wiley). August 2014-

Elected Representative:

University Libraries, Liaison to Akron Chapter, American Association of University Professors, 2010-2015 (elected annually).

Akron Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Liaison Council Member at Large to the Executive Committee, 2012-2015 (elected annually).

Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and Business Meeting, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Akron Chapter, 2010-2014 (elected annually).