Kennedy’s Article Wins Award

Sean Kennedy, along with Kevin Garewal, co-authored (“Quantitative analysis of workplace morale in academic librarians and the impact of direct supervisors on workplace morale”) and they were unexpectedly notified that the article won the Best Article of 2021 award from the Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL-NEC). 

What a nice surprise!  Congratulations, Sean!

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!

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! 

Ledendecker Learns in Seminars

Thea Ledendecker has had a busy year attending quite a few seminars.  She attended at AUPresses 2020: Virtual Annual Meeting, June 15-26, 2020.  Seminars included:

Publishing Now: Day to Day Challenges & Solutions
Give It Back: Publishing and Native Sovereignty

Ethical Relationships with Vendors

Forecasting the Seasons: Organizing and Managing the Seasonal List across Departments

The Life-Changing Magic of Managing Tasks: Tips and Tools for Workflow Efficiency

Fair Use and Permissions

And she also attended at the ACES Annual National Conference (virtual): April 30-May 1, 2020.  Seminars included:

Unconscious Bias and the Conscientious Editor

Grammar Arcana

What’s New in the AP Stylebook

Developing a Quality Editorial Process End-to-End

Way to keep learning, Thea!

Fleischer Participates in Buckeye Book Fair

University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography S. Victor Fleischer was part of the Ohio History Author-to-Author panel event last Saturday at the 2020 Virtual Buckeye Book Fair.  The book fair, a nonprofit organization, is Ohio’s showcase literary event.  Participation is by invitation only for nearly 100 of Ohio’s notable writers, illustrators, and photographers to autograph and discuss their books.  During the event, Fleischer discussed his new book, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: A Photographic History, 1898-1951, which was recently published by The University of Akron Press. 

Ledendecker Accomplishments

Thea Ledendecker attended a webinar through The ACES Academy entitled “Empowering Editors to Talk About Conscious Language and Representation.”  She also finished a Designing a Book course on LinkedIn Learning. Part of the description reads: This class covers setting up your document, placing and styling text, working with images, creating the book cover, and preparing the book for printing.

After she finished the course, she was then able to typeset one of our forthcoming books, Akron’s Daily Miracle.

Inspiring accomplishments, Thea!

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!

Stitz Poster Presentation

As part of the 2020 ALAO Annual Conference, Tammy Stitz participated in creating the poster is “Ensuring your Microsoft Word created PDFs are Accessible”.   To see the short video about the poster, use the following link.


Nice going, Tammy!

Fleischer Presents on Panel

University Archivist and Head of Archival Services S. Victor Fleischer presented on a panel titled “Archives During COVID: Local Perspectives” at the Cleveland Archival Roundtable Meeting on October 15, 2020.  Fleischer presented with John Bowen, Director of Archives at the Cleveland Clinic, and Pamela Eyerdam, Fine Arts and Special Collections Manager at Cleveland Public Library. Fleischer and the panel presented and led a discussion on COVID and its effects on archives and the archives profession.  

Timely work, Vic!