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!



Tosko Reviews Published

Dr. Michael P Tosko, UL Research & Learning Services

Mike Tosko recently had the following reviews published:

“The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.”  Booklist vol. 114, no. 8, 15 Dec. 2017.

“50 Events That Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly  vol. 57, no. 1, Fall 2017.

Nice work, Mike!




Ashby & Fielding Participate in Workshop


Susan DiRenzo Ashby

Lori Fielding

On Saturday, October 28th, Susan DiRenzo Ashby and Lori Fielding participated in the New-to-Libraries Network Resume Review Workshop held at the NEO-RLS Headquarters in Hudson.  The workshop included a four-person panel session, a Q & A session, and a review of attendee’s resumes and/or CVs.  Susan and Lori presented on the differences between a resume and CV, best practices for both, and tips and best practices for submitting online job applications.

Nice work, Susan and Lori!




Gather @ the Library Series

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

Tosko Reviews Publications

Dr. Michael P Tosko — UL Research & Learning Services

Mike Tosko has been lending his expertise by reviewing the following publications:

“Brazil.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 54.2 (2016): 192-. Web.

“End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 54.5 (2017): 692-4. Web.

“Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military Encyclopedia. 3d Ed.” Booklist 113.4 (2016): 12-. Web.

“Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts.” Booklist 113.13 (2017): 34-5. Web.

“U.S. Conflicts in the 21st Century: Afghanistan War, Iraq War, and the War on Terror.” Booklist 112.18 (2016): 36-. Web.

“The Early Republic: Documents Decoded.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 56.1 (2016): 58-. Web.

“Historic Sites and Landmarks that Shaped America: From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 56.3 (2017): 218-. Web.

Nice work, Mike!


ALAO Representation & More

Results of the recent Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) election find two of our very own representing The University of Akron University Libraries.  Congratulations to Don Appleby, Access Services, who was elected Treasurer and Beate Gersch, Research & Learning Services, who was elected as Board Member-at-Large.

In addition, Beate was just appointed as Secretary of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) /Instruction Section Management and Leadership Committee.  She is excited to be serving the library profession at both the state and national level next year!

Impressive! Thanks for serving!


Garewal presents at the ER & L Conference

Dr. Kevin R Garewal

Department: Head, UL Research & Learning Services

Kevin Garewal, along with Rich Wisneski, gave a presentation on April 3, 2017 at the Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference held in Austin, Texas. The presentation was entitled: Cooperative Collection Management between Universities: Exploring the Possibilities and Potential Pitfalls

Below is the link to more information on the presentation as well as a link to the related PowerPoint.

Congratulations on the presentation.  Nice work, Kevin!



Gersch Wins Visionary Award

Dr. Beate Gersch

UL Research & Learning Services

Dr. Beate Gersch, Coordinator of Instruction Services and Bibliography and Undergraduate Outreach Librarian is this year’s winner of the Distance Learning Visionary Award as announced by the Distance Learning Interest Group of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).

Noted for presenting internationally at ACRL, LOEX, DLS, ECIL and IFLA on topics such as archival research, collaboration, the Framework, library outreach with students and administrators, and assessment of academic libraries’ web pages. She currently has book chapters in press and has published journal articles and conference papers on these same topics. She recognizes the importance of intercultural communication as it relates to information literacy instruction as well as collaboration within the university and assessing impact.

Beate will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming DLIG Workshop on Friday June 9, 2017 at the Voice of America Learning Center of Miami University, West Chester, Ohio.

Congratulations on receiving this award, Beate!  Outstanding work!