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  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!

Lampner in Panel Discussion

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

Well done, Wendy!

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!

Another Award! Fleischer and Newhall Documentary

Fleischer and Newhall Win another Award for Documentary

The documentary film Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County in the First World War won a Leadership in History Award of Excellence from the American Association of State & Local History (AASLH) at their annual conference on Friday, August 30th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to AASLH, the awards are given to “establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history” and “recognize superior and innovative achievements.”

S. Victor Fleischer, University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography, served as lead researcher, co-writer, and co-producer of the film, while Jamie Newhall, Sr. Multi-Media Producer in Design & Development Services, served as videographer/editor.  The film was produced with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens and other community partners with the generous support of a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. 

Congratulations, Vic & Jamie!  Impressive work!

Fleischer and Newhall Help Produce Documentary

Fleischer and Newhall Help Produce Documentary

Victor Fleischer in Archival Services and Jamie Newhall in Design & Development Services helped produce a documentary film last fall.  Titled “Lost Voices of the Great War: Summit County in the First World War,” the film recounts the story of Summit County residents’ experiences at home and overseas during the “War to End All Wars.”  The documentary aired on PBS 45/49 last fall and can be seen online at  DVD copies can also be checked out at Bierce Library.

Fleischer served as researcher, writer, and co-producer, while Newhall served as editor and filmed much of the reenactment footage that appeared in the film.  The documentary was produced in partnership with Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

Nicely done, Vic & Jamie!


Updates and New Stuff for Fall

Based on feedback gathered during space study surveys in the Spring, we’ve updated and upgraded several services and programs for students this fall.

Highlights include:

  • MakerStudio Move Relocated to the ground floor of Bierce, the expanded MakerStudio is a great place to explore and work collaboratively
  • Media Collection Featured on First Floor Browse the DVDs, CDs and newspapers in their new location in the first floor Learning Commons in Bierce
  • Refreshed Study Rooms Each study room in Bierce got a new coat of paint and freshly cleaned carpets
  • New Equipment for Lending More calculators, cameras, tripods, and fresh laptops for checkout
  • New Furniture One person tables and new chairs for quiet individual study on the 3rd floor of Bierce and bean bags on the ground floor. Plus four mobile whiteboards on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
  • New Lockers at the Science and Technology Library. Program your own code and use one of the nine lockers throughout the day.
  • New Learning Management System Brightspace, formerly Springboard, is our upgraded web-based course management system.
  • New Series of Events Gather @ the Library is a series of events curated by the University Libraries. Weekly events range from workshops and author talks to discussions.

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

Kaufman selected for OTNSI

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.