Gregg Harris and Mike Monaco gave presentations at the Innovative Users Group Ohio conference (IUG-OH) at the State Library of Ohio on September 22. Gregg presented “Utilizing Payment Data with Excel VBA,” with Luke Avsec (alum of The University of Akron). Mike presented “Enhancing Your Catalog with MarcEdit: Batch-Adding Subject Headings and an OhioLINK Refresh Project” with Paul Heyde of Case Western Reserve University.
Nice work, both of you!
Tammy Stitz, Applied Science Librarian
In the September 2017 ALAO Newsletter, Tammy Stitz had an article published about LaTeX in the column “News from the trenches”. Check out this link for the story: https://newsletter.alaoweb.org/2017/09/15/notes-from-the-trenches-2/
Nice going, Tammy!
Mark Bloom, Archival Services, is now a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. The Academy of Certified Archivists, founded in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined standards such as having a Master’s in Archives Administration or a related Master’s degree with archives specific coursework, completing at least 3,500 hours of work experience in a professional capacity, and passing a Certified Archivist examination. This examination tests the candidate’s knowledge in the following areas:
- Selection, Appraisal, and Acquisition
- Arrangement and Description of Documents
- Reference Services and Access to Documents
- Preservation and Protection of Documents
- Outreach, Advocacy, and Promotion of Documentary Collections and Archival Repositories
- Managing Archival Programs
- Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities
Mark successfully met all the qualifications and passed the examination in July 2017.
On September 11-12, the University Libraries hosted the John F. Kline Jr. Memorial Map Cataloging Workshop. Joy Ramos and Valerie Jenkins attended the hands-on training as did 13 other catalogers from Ohio and five other states, with some coming from as far away as Montana and Alabama! It was taught by Paige G. Andrew, a recognized authority on map cataloging from Penn State University. The workshop was organized by Mike Monaco with invaluable assistance from Stephanie Everett, Melanie McGurr, David Prochazka, and Don Appleby.
What a thoughtful & educational tribute.
We’re launching the Gather @ the Library series this Fall. This is a series of events curated by the University Libraries to help campus share strategies, progress and companionship all in a low-stress environment. Weekly events will feature workshops, author talks, and discussions.
Check out the line-up: GatherFall2017
Marilia Antúnez, Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
In July 2017, Marilia Antúnez attended a systematic review workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about her experience, check out her blog for the GMR (Greater Midwest Chapter of the NNLM). See https://news.nnlm.gov/gmr/attending-the-july-systematic-reviews-workshop-at-the-university-of-pittsburgh/
What an Inspiring Opportunity, Marilia!
Melanie McGurr, Ph.D., Head, Electronic Services
Melanie McGurr has been actively participating in professional activities. She presented “Challenges and Opportunities: One Academic Library, Seven Hospitals and a Consortial Move“ with Demetria Patrick from NEOMED at ALA Annual in Chicago for the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee.
She also joined the ALA Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) Systems and Services Committee for a three-year term and recently started a one-year term as an ALCTS Mentor for a new librarian at a health sciences library.
Closer to home, Melanie is currently serving on The University of Akron Talent Development and Human Resources Committee.
Way to keep busy, Melanie!
Susan Ashby, Electronic Services
Mike Monaco, Coordinator, Cataloging Services, Electronic Services
On May 23rd, Susan Ashby and Mike Monaco presented “It takes a village (and a lot of documentation) : managing electronic resources,” at the 2017 Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Steve Kaufman from the University Libraries’ Design and Development Services has been selected to participate in the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit as one of our regional OhioLINK representatives. He will be part of a state-wide leadership team promoting the use of open texts and open educational resources. Seven regional reps will be attending the institute, and when they return will provide excellent coverage for train-the-trainer workshops and related activities in support of this initiative.
See more about OhioLINK’s OTN intiative.
See more about how institutions, including UA, are promoting textbook affordability.
Jamie Newhall and Jon Endres
Sr Multi-Media Producer
Jamie Newhall, Instructional Services, and Jon Endres, who works part-time in Psychology Archives, received the 2017 Society of Ohio Archivists Merit Award at the SOA Annual Meeting on Friday, May 19 for their work on the wire recorder project. According to the website, the Award is given to individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year. For more info: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/merit_award/
They were also presenters at TEDxAkron 2017 on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the recently refurbished Goodyear Theater. According to the TEDxAkron website, TEDx expands TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, beyond its annual conference by seeding smaller, independent events throughout the nation, called TEDx. TEDxAkron emulates the spirit and ideals of the TED Conference. For more info: http://www.tedxakron.com/
Well Done, Jamie & Jon!