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: 

Nice work, Mike! 

Procházka Committee Work

Over the past year, David Procházka served on the planning committee for the 2020 OLAC Conference (  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!

Hayes & Orcutt Present Online

Brittany 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.” 

Great teamwork!

Monaco Gets Grant

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.

Nice going, Mike!

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!

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:

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!