Melanie McGurr was recently elected Vice-President/President Elect for the Board of Trustees of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) for 2022-23, which means she will be President of the Board in 2023-2024.
Sean Kennedy, Kevin Garewal, and Melanie McGurr recently had an article accepted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services. The title of the article is “Manager perspectives on the prevalence, impact, and management of work-related burnout in academic library technical services workers,” and it will be published in October of 2022.
Marilia Antunez’s submission to a resource review (1000+ word manuscript) of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). JMLA is open access and it is the official journal of the Medical Library Association.
Sean Kennedy (Kent State University), Melanie McGurr, and Kevin Garewal (University of Rochester) will be presenting their preliminary research concerning management of work-related burnout in academic library technical services departments at the 2022 virtual Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) in April.
Sean Kennedy, Gregg Harris, and Melanie McGurr will be presenting at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians in May at the 2022 hybrid conference in Bloomington, Indiana. Their presentation will focus on the use of Excel, Teams, and Sierra along with GreenGlass to streamline a collections merger.
OVGTSL (The Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians) held their 2021 meeting online, and the conference committee was chaired by Melanie McGurr. On a side note, this was the conference we tried to host at UA in 2020 before COVID made that impossible.
Vic Fleischer, University Archivist & Head of Archives and Special Collections, presented “What Else Can Happen?: Disaster Planning and Recovery in the Age of COVID” last week, October 2021, at the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference. Fleischer highlighted the flood that occurred in Archives and Special Collections last March and stressed the importance of having a disaster response and recovery plan in place. He also discussed lessons learned from the flood, which was exacerbated by the pandemic, and the importance of addressing a pandemic and its associated issues in disaster plans.
On October 15th, Mike Monaco presented as part of panel, “Sheltering, Surviving and Thriving in Place: A View From Technical Services.” The presentation was a program for the Ohio Library Council’s 2021 Convention & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The other panelists were Karen Sykeny (Massillon Public Library) and Misty Alvaro (Columbus Metropolitan Library). We spoke about how our libraries, especially in technical services, dealt with the changes to our staffing and work conditions during the pandemic, and what we learned. I was also able to attend the first two days of the conference on October 13-14 because of an ALAO Continuing Education grant I was awarded, which paid for my accommodations and registration.
Labor in Akron, 1825-1945 by John A. Tully describes the story of U. S. labor in Akron, Ohio as it has a history of intense struggle, both between Capital and Labor and between conflicting forms of labor organization. This book was published by the UA Press and is in our catalog. Dr. Tully came to Akron several summers ago to research his books on rubber, according to Jeffrey Franks. In this book, he acknowledges the assistance that he received here at The University of Akron and shares a story about Jeff’s grandfather. Thanks to Thea Ledendecker, here’s the part of the acknowledgments:
I was fortunate in researching for this book to make the acquaintance of a number of very helpful archivists and librarians in Akron and elsewhere in Ohio. Firstly, I must thank the staff at The University of Akron Archives for their help. These include the current director, Vic Fleischer, John Ball, and the former director, John Miller. Sadly, another UAA archivist, Craig Holbert, died far too young in 2017. I missed Craig’s unfailingly helpful and courteous presence when I last visited the archives. Craig was the author of two books and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the local history of his city. I must also thank Jeffrey Franks of Bierce Library at The University of Akron for his help in suggesting readings when I was first gathering material on rubber and the labor movement in the city. Jeff also kindly provided me with details of the life of his grandfather, K. H. Andonian, who came to Akron as an Armenian refugee before World War I and worked for many years at the Goodyear plant.
You can find the story about Jeff Franks’ grandfather and his early days in Akron on p. 133.
Impressive! A very well-deserved acknowledgement and nice representation for the UA!
Melanie McGurr was elected to the Board of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEORLS) as the Academic Library representative for the July 2021 to June 2024 term. Melanie previously served as the Academic Library representative when she was appointed to finish out Dean Aimee deChambeau’s term on the Board from 2020-2021. Melanie will also continue to serve on the Finance Committee as part of her Board duties.
Melanie was also appointed to the Editorial Board of the University of Akron Press. Her three-year term begins August 2021.