In his role as business librarian, Jeffrey Franks assisted
with a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of the
board game industry and provided support in the development of a new board game. Tyler Novak, a two-time UA alumnus, and
founder of The Novak Gaming Co. is producing a tip of the tongue word game
“Goes Both Ways”. In the process, Joe
Mulea, took on developing a marketing program for the Company as an independent
study project during the spring semester, prior to earning his MBA. That’s where Jeff’s assistance was
important. To read more about “Goes Both
Ways”, see the July 10, 2020 UA-Digest.
Hayes, Electronic Services, and Zoe Orcutt, Archives, gave a presentation with
Sidney Gao and James Van Mil from the University of Cincinnati on June 16 at
Society of Ohio Archivists virtual conference. The title of the
presentation was “Initial Steps on a Digital Preservation Policy.”
Wendy Lampner, Director of Design & Development Services,
is participating in a panel discussion this afternoon, June 24, 2020, entitled Transitioning
to an Online Learning Environment ‘On the Fly’ During COVID-19. Described as a vendor agnostic panel
discussion which features higher education LMS thought leaders and LMS owners.
They will focus this discussion on how the existing LMS technology and support
helped prepare higher education institutions to deal with the transition to ALL
online instruction and remote learning, and the implications of doing so.
Panelists will focus on sharing: lessons learned; opportunities for
improvement; best practices that may benefit the research and education
community; and more.
Speakers: Diane Butler, Rice University; John Fritz,
University of Maryland Baltimore County; Wendy Lampner, The University of
Akron; Tom Lewis, University of Washington
Mike Monaco was awarded a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act for a workshop on teaching news literacy for Ohio librarians. The workshop will be taught online by news media literacy expert Michael Spikes (Northwestern University) in September. Mike, Michael, and Amanda Goodsett (Cleveland State University) will assess the workshop’s effectiveness by analyzing a teaching instrument from each participant before the workshop and as revised after the workshop. Thanks to this grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, the workshop will be offered for free.
As you may have read in the UA-Digest, Amy Freels, editorial design coordinator at The University of Akron Press, has won a book cover design award for Brittany Cavallaro’s “Unhistorical” in the Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. This is the second time Freels has won the award for book cover design.
In addition, one of her book covers is a winner of The da Vinci Eye, which is awarded to books with superior cover artwork. Hawk Parable, Tyler Mills, University of Akron Press (cover by Amy Freels; art by Chris Maynard)
Design and Development Services or DDS (Steve Kaufman, Rene
Molenaur, Jamie Newhall, Ling Qian, Patrick Tabatcher, and Wendy Lampner)
received the Ziptastic award in May. Here’s what they said:
Congratulations! We are honored to inform you, the amazing group of
employees in Design and Development Services department, that you, as a group
are the recipients of the SEAC Ziptastic Award for the month
of May. All of you were nominated by the faculty and
staff from Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences for the amazing work you
accomplished transitioning UA to online courses in a matter of days. We
are excited to share your dedication to the UA Community.
The Ziptastic Award
was created by the Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC) in October of 2016.
The purpose of the Ziptastic program is to raise awareness of the
contributions of UA employees who are committed to the The University of
faculty and staff of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (through BCC)
collectively (and anonymously) submitted the following nomination…
nominating the entire Design and Development Service department. This is
unusual, but well deserved. It would be difficult to overstate the difference
our colleagues at DDS have made, in every department across campus, as we have
moved all classes online in response to the coronavirus. Among other responses
to this crisis, they have scheduled online workshops for WebEx and Brightspace,
have posted tutorials for other online aids, have answered endless questions
from faculty through email, and have monitored their phones for last-second
difficulties faculty encountered. This is, of course, no surprise. DDS has been
providing thoughtful and engaged professional support for our community for
many years. But in the context of this crisis, we have come to even more deeply
appreciate their contributions to teaching and learning in our classrooms. Many
A well-deserved award to the members of DDS! A great job and CONGRATULATIONS!
The Medical Library Association offered heartfelt
congratulations to Marilia Antunez on her selection as the 2020 Continuing
Education Grant recipient. Her efforts are contributing to MLA’s second century
of excellence and achievement in the health information profession.
Let’s offer Marilia our congratulations as well! Well done!
Mike Monaco presented “The life-changing magic of RegEx” at the Library Collective’s 2020 conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday, March 12. This was a hands-on workshop introducing the attendees to what regular expressions (RegEx) are and how to use them to match different patterns in text or data, using games. His co-presenter, Kathryn Lybarger of the University of Kentucky, was unable to attend this conference due to illness.
In addition, he published:
Report of the Catalog Form & Function Interest Group
Meeting. American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June
2019, Technical Services Quarterly, 37:2, 201-202, DOI:
Student Government, represented by President Amanda Stefin has received
permission to sponsor and install a display for Women’s History Month in both
Bierce Library and the Science & Technology Library. The display, titled
“Women on the Rise” will feature several posters/stories of current
UA female identifying students. Amanda is collecting the stories and University
Communications and Marketing will be formatting them for print. The display
will run March 9-27 (set up may occur March 9-11).
display at Bierce Library will be installed on a large mobile whiteboard and
located in the first floor lobby.
display at Science & Technology will be installed on the existing large
mobile whiteboard near the front entrance and will be located across from the
entrance and adjacent to the Circulation desk.