McGurr & Monaco Collaborate for Presentation

Melanie Jolynn McGurr, UL Electronic Services
Michael J Monaco, UL Electronic Services

As chair, Melanie McGurr, and vice-chair, Michael Monaco, of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Catalog and Metadata Management Section’s Catalog Form and Function Interest Group, they organized the interest group session at ALA in New Orleans.  Mike helped with some of the planning and the slides and Melanie moderated the session.  The presentation topics included right-sizing collections and making changes to your Integrated Library System at the Naples Regional Library, adding archival finding aids to the catalog with Marc Edit, and how the Dallas Public Library uses Linked Data.  More than 80 people attended the session.

We also presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries Technical Services Interest Group, also at ALA. Our presentation was titled “Even You Can Afford Affordable Learning!: Grace Under the Pressure of Open Educational Resources” and followed the Technical Services workflow challenges faced when dealing with Open Educational Resource textbook processing.

Nice teamwork!

 

 

 

 

Stitz Presents

Tammy Stitz presented Making your PDFs Universally Accessible at the 2018 Code4Lib Midwest Meeting on June 7, 2018.  This presentation discussed the features of accessible PDFs based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 showing how to correct some issues using Adobe Acrobat DC when using a few different programs to generate the PDFs.

Nice work, Tammy!

 

OVGTSL 2018 Conference Presenters

 Melanie McGurr presented “So Much to Do and So Little Help: Migrating a Small Consortium,” with Demetria Patrick at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) 2018 Conference at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, on May 14.

Mike Monaco presented “Automating Authority Control,” also at the OVGTSL 2018 Conference on May 14th.

Nicely done!

 

 

Tammy Stitz Honored with 2017-18 Exemplary University Service Award

You may have noticed in a recent UA email that announced Achievement Awards winners, that one of our very own is being honored.  Tammy A. Stitz is this year’s faculty winner of the 2017-18 Exemplary University Service Award.    Tammy was nominated by both Ian McCullough and Marilia Antunez.  Here are some excerpts from their award-worthy nomination letters.

Ian McCullough on Tammy Stitz:

Her work ethic is frankly astonishing and absolutely unmatched in my experience – at Akron and all jobs before.

 

She has created and maintained several high quality and much needed workshops to help STEM graduate students. The first is her long-running and respected LaTeX training series, which several professors send their new graduate students to.

 

… she created a new series of workshops in the last year or so to improve the ease and quality of graduate work, hosting seven seminars in person and five online in addition to all of her regular library instruction.

 

An example of her pushing us to be better is her most recent research has been on accessibility – both electronic and physical. She has done what a good faculty librarian will do – she studied the literature, determined best practices, and brought back that knowledge to the library for implementation.

Marilia Antunez on Tammy Stitz:

Tammy has collaborated successfully with other units on campus by initiating and working with technical writing faculty to combine the strengths of the academic program with that of the UA Libraries to best meet the students’ needs.

 

She applied and received funding from the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) to develop workshops to help engineering and computer science students in this essential graduation requirement.

 

At the international level, Tammy offers free and valuable resources to all learners. She created an online guide with thousands of views worldwide . . .

 

From day to day responsibilities to represent the University at the international level, Tammy is often the first and last person to leave work.  Tammy is intelligent, innovative and works very hard to do the best she can for the UA community including our primary users—UA students.

In addition, Tammy’s work on the Accessibility Committee, which is a Faculty Senate Subcommittee may have played a role.  She shared her and Shelley Blundell’s research which resulted in the creation of the wiki-space that was created for all web authors about web accessibility. They wrote an article to be published by the Journal of Accessibility for all in the near future.  Shelley and Tammy provided a workshop for faculty during disabilities week last November.  Jamie Newhall, Patrick Tabatcher, and Tammy will provide a workshop about video accessibility next week as part of the Library Gather Series.

Congratulations, Tammy!  Very impressive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

McGurr’s Professional Activities

Melanie McGurr, UL Electronic Services

Melanie McGurr has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the American Library Association’s Publication Committee starting in July of 2018. The committee oversees publications coming out of ALA in all formats. More information can be found here:

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/committees/ala/ala-pb?year=2018

She will also be teaching a two credit Honor’s colloquium in Fall semester. The course, A Cultural History of the British Country House, will concentrate on all aspects of the history of the Country House (architecture and art, politics, economics, and social class) from Tudor times to the present.

Quite impressive, Melanie!

 

 

 

 

 

McCullough’s Additional Responsibilities

Ian McCullough, Assistant Dean, Research and Instruction Services

In January, Ian McCullough was named an Assistant Editor for refereed articles by the journal Issues in Science and Technology Libraries, where he had been a peer-reviewer for several years.

In addition, he was granted the joint title of Assistant Professor, Chemistry starting January 1st, 2018.

Congratulations, Ian!

 

 

Group Participation

On February 13, 2018, Susan Ashby, Frank Bove, Sean Kennedy, Mike Monaco, and David Prochazka presented “OhioLINK Material Type Implementation @ The University of Akron,” at the 2018 OhioLINK Summit in Columbus. They discussed why and how they implemented the material types, shared their lessons learned, and discussed how the material types are utilized in the OPAC, with tips for other libraries considering doing the same.

Nice teamwork!