Fleischer Presents at SOA Conference

Vic Fleischer, University Archivist & Head of Archival Services, presented at the Society of Ohio Archivists Conference last week, with Matt Francis, University Archivist at Ohio Northern University.  The presentation was titled “Amplifying Diverse Voices: Documenting the History of Underrepresented Communities at Two Ohio Universities.”  Fleischer’s portion highlighted the numerous projects accomplished by Archival Services of University Libraries during the University’s sesquicentennial year, especially those that documented the voices and stories of underrepresented or marginalized communities.  This included stories in the sesquicentennial book, Hail We Akron!, Facebook posts on Black Lives Matter, the online exhibit for Black History Month on Black activism at UA, and especially the Sesquicentennial Oral History Project that focused on inclusion and diversity. 

Well done, Vic!

Stitz Presenting

Tammy Stitz will participate in two presentations this summer.

1. STS Panel Presentation: Engaging with Virtual Instruction in the Sciences

June 16, 2021 3:00-4:00PM on Zoom

The panel will all answer questions from the moderator. Tammy  will answer:

  • How do issues of equity and access manifest in the online teaching environment for you? What strategies, principles, or methods guide your work in making online learning more equitable and accessible?
  • Have you worked with a lab course online? How did you approach this session?
  • Could you describe an online class that went particularly well? What made it go well?
  • Have you had an online class that didn’t go well? What did you learn from the experience?

2. Accessibility in a Remote World

National College Testing Association 2021 Annual Virtual Conference Aug 10-13

This is a group presentation with Sara Rieder Bennett and Natalie Martin from The University of Akron and Vernée Hemphill from Central Washington University.  Tammy’s role will be to discuss the WCAG 2.1 standards relevant to online testing.

Nice representation, Tammy! 

Kennedy’s Article Wins Award

Sean Kennedy, along with Kevin Garewal, co-authored (“Quantitative analysis of workplace morale in academic librarians and the impact of direct supervisors on workplace morale”) and they were unexpectedly notified that the article won the Best Article of 2021 award from the Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL-NEC). 

What a nice surprise!  Congratulations, Sean!

Lampner Leads

Wendy Lampner, Director of Design & Development Services, participated in an online panel discussion with speakers from leading universities on April 28, 2021. The Internet2 NET+ I2 Online panel discussion was held to help us prepare for the Post-Pandemic Shift in Higher Ed.

As the website describes it: The pandemic has brought sweeping changes to higher education. Universities have learned to rapidly create online courses; faculty have adapted their teaching styles to support distance learning; and, students have learned how to build relationships and engagement spanning long distances. As remote teaching became ubiquitous, students’ expectations changed for what a classroom and learning experience can be. They discussed what the shift means to Higher Education. 

In addition, Wendy was also nominated for Zips Who Inspire.  In case you haven’t heard, Zips Who Inspire is where the UA asked for stories of Akron Zips who’ve inspired others through their work, generosity, or talents. They are recognizing them at https://www.uakron.edu/150/inspire  and so many more, for their hard work and dedication.  Go to the link and read up on Wendy and get inspired!

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Wendy!

Monaco Presentation

On January 20th, Mike Monaco presented a webinar for NEO-RLS: “Getting the Word In: Advocating for Technical Services in a Public Service Profession.”  In this webinar, they looked at how Technical Services (TS) supports the public services. They also trouble shot some common scenarios to help participants advocate for TS by explaining how their work supports the mission of the library.  To read more about the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS), go to:  https://neo-rls.org/ 

Nice work, Mike! 

Ledendecker Learns in Seminars

Thea Ledendecker has had a busy year attending quite a few seminars.  She attended at AUPresses 2020: Virtual Annual Meeting, June 15-26, 2020.  Seminars included:

Publishing Now: Day to Day Challenges & Solutions
Give It Back: Publishing and Native Sovereignty

Ethical Relationships with Vendors

Forecasting the Seasons: Organizing and Managing the Seasonal List across Departments

The Life-Changing Magic of Managing Tasks: Tips and Tools for Workflow Efficiency

Fair Use and Permissions

And she also attended at the ACES Annual National Conference (virtual): April 30-May 1, 2020.  Seminars included:

Unconscious Bias and the Conscientious Editor

Grammar Arcana

What’s New in the AP Stylebook

Developing a Quality Editorial Process End-to-End

Way to keep learning, Thea!

Fleischer Participates in Buckeye Book Fair

University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography S. Victor Fleischer was part of the Ohio History Author-to-Author panel event last Saturday at the 2020 Virtual Buckeye Book Fair.  The book fair, a nonprofit organization, is Ohio’s showcase literary event.  Participation is by invitation only for nearly 100 of Ohio’s notable writers, illustrators, and photographers to autograph and discuss their books.  During the event, Fleischer discussed his new book, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: A Photographic History, 1898-1951, which was recently published by The University of Akron Press. 

Ledendecker Accomplishments

Thea Ledendecker attended a webinar through The ACES Academy entitled “Empowering Editors to Talk About Conscious Language and Representation.”  She also finished a Designing a Book course on LinkedIn Learning. Part of the description reads: This class covers setting up your document, placing and styling text, working with images, creating the book cover, and preparing the book for printing. https://www.linkedin.com/learning/designing-a-book-2/creating-a-book-in-indesign?u=79600362

After she finished the course, she was then able to typeset one of our forthcoming books, Akron’s Daily Miracle.

Inspiring accomplishments, Thea!

Procházka Committee Work

Over the past year, David Procházka served on the planning committee for the 2020 OLAC Conference (http://www.olacinc.org/2020conference/).  It was originally set to be held in Columbus, but had to switch to online delivery, due to COVID.  The conference was held October 13-16, and David moderated half-a-dozen sessions by introducing the speakers, managing scores of questions, and keeping events on schedule.  OLAC is a professional organization for catalogers, which supports the development of expertise in cataloging resources in many formats, including video, audio, and three-dimensional objects, by offering format-specific training. 

Impressive work, David!