Freels Wins Awards

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)

Impressive work, Amy!  Congratulations!

DDS are Ziptastic Recipients!

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 Akron community. 

The faculty and staff of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (through BCC) collectively (and anonymously) submitted the following nomination…

We are 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 thanks DDS.

A well-deserved award to the members of DDS!  A great job and CONGRATULATIONS!

Antunez Receives Grant

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!

Monaco Presents & Publishes

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: 10.1080/07317131.2020.1728135

Nice work, Mike!

McCullough Wins Grant

Ian McCullough won a professional development grant of (up to) $2,500 to attend the two-day Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore this March. This is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic Region and “focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities.” Specifically, Ian will be learning about GitHub and getting a brief introduction to Python.

Well done, Ian! 

Kaufman, Kennedy News

Steve Kaufman, Senior Instructional Designer, was thoughtful enough to share several interesting things going on.  Steve and Sean Kennedy, UL Electronic Services, are representing UA’s Affordable Learning Initiative. 

  • Our Affordable Learning Initiative has been accepted to present a panel on “Designing for Open: Success Stories in Implementing Open Textbooks and Resources” on February 28th at Cleveland State’s OpenCon Cleveland 2020. We will be bringing our faculty development teams to present on the process of adopting an open textbook and share the results of student surveys.

Other UA faculty development teams presenting are as follows:

Intro to Geography
– Meera Chatterjee
– Jeremy Spencer

Management Principles
– Sheri Schulte
– Scott Bible

Intro to Social Welfare
– Michele Thornton
– Naomi White
– Baomei Zhao

Humanities in the Western Tradition
– Rose Eichler

  • Kaufman and Kennedy also submitted a proposal and have been accepted to present at the New Explorations in Teaching Conference (NEXT) on March 13th. Same presentation, different audience.
  • On January 31st, Kaufman will be the keynote speaker for North Carolina’s Quality Matters Consortium kickoff meeting. He will be presenting “Building a Statewide Culture of Quality”, which shows how 60 institutions in Ohio work together to provide professional development and course reviews to our members.

Impressive work, Steve & Sean!

Bloom & Hayes Presentation

Mark Bloom and Brittany Hayes presented at OhioDIG on November 14, 2019 at the Columbus Metro Library.  They gave a PowerPoint presentation titled “Sharing Initial Steps on a Digital Preservation Policy and Program at The University of Akron.”  OhioDIG stands for Ohio Digitization Interest Group.  It meets every other month.  For more information, check their website:  https://ohiodig.org/

Nice teamwork, Mark & Brittany!

Sausmikat & Suarez Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Rita Sausmikat and Laracarina Suarez, Friends of the University Library Scholarship Awardees!

Let’s hear it for Rita and La! As qualified recipients of the 2019/2020 Friends of the University Library Professional Development Scholarship, these future librarians are pursuing their studies in graduate library science programs. They have demonstrated potential for accomplishments in librarianship and each will receive a scholarship to assist with funding their education.

The scholarship recipients will also be recognized at a library ceremony in the Spring Semester 2020, where the recipients’ names will be added to a library plaque. We wish them success!

Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for their thoughtful work:

Marilia Antúnez

Sean Kennedy

David Procházka, Chair

Once again, Kudos to Rita Sausmikat and Laracarina Suarez!