Tosko Reviews Published

Mike Tosko has had a number of reviews recently published:

“The Travel Atlas.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 14, Mar. 2019, p. 38.

“Poetry 101: From Shakespeare and Rupi Kaur to Iambic Pentameter and Black Verse, Everything You Need to Know about Poetry.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 13, Mar. 2019, p. 18

“Atlas of the European Campaign, 1944-45.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 7, Dec. 2018, p. 8

“Indian Treaties in the United States: An Encyclopedia and Documents Collection.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 56, no. 3, Nov. 2018, p. 324.

“South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2018.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 56, no. 1, Sept. 2018, p. 42

“The Blue and Gray Almanac: The Civil War in Facts and Figures, Recipes and Slang.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 11, July 2018, p. 1387

“Pop Culture in Europe.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 8, Apr. 2018, p. 943.

That’s quite a list, Mike!  Nice going!

McGurr — ALA & Other

At ALA, Melanie McGurr attended Technical Services related Interest Groups as well as participating in committees.  Melanie is on: ALA Publishing Committee and the LLAMA Technical Services and System Committee.  McGurr also presented at the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award to the University of Florida at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony.

In addition, Melanie McGurr has two proposals accepted (one for an article and one for a book chapter), both coming out in 2020.

“Outsourcing Technical Services in a Health Sciences Library” with Demetria Patrick from NEOMED for a special issue of Against the Grain on Outsourcing Technical Services.

A book chapter “Technical Services Librarians and Faculty Workload” for the book Technical Services in the 21st Century with Aimee deChambeau, Ian McCullough, and Mike Monaco.

Impressive, Melanie!  Nice teamwork!

Monaco Participates at ALA

At the American Library Association 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Washington DC, Mike Monaco was an invited speaker for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) program “MarcEdit: Past, Present & Future” with Terry Reese (Ohio State University; creator of the MarcEdit software) and Bryan Baldus (OCLC) on Sunday, June 23rd. He also moderated a series of presentations for the meeting of the ALCTS Catalog and Metadata Management Section’s Catalog Form and Function Interest Group on Saturday, June 22.

Well done, Mike!

Lerch ACRL Poster Session

Maureen Lerch from Wayne Library will be presenting at a poster session during next week’s ACRL Conference:

“Campus Conversations: Fostering Culture Change through Book Discussion” — Find out how a university branch library planned and facilitated a college wide book discussion series in support of the College’s “Bridges Out of Poverty / Bridges to Campus” strategic initiative to improve the campus climate for first generation and under-resourced students on campus.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. The ACRL Conference is your once-every-two-years opportunity to access the best information, discover new ideas, and stay at the forefront of the profession. The ACRL 2019 will be held April 10 – 13, 2019, at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  For more information:

Nice going, Maureen!

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!


Congratulations, Sean!

Sean Kennedy, Collections and Content Strategy Librarian, is the recipient of a 2018 Against the Grain (AGT) Up & Comer Award!

According to AGT, the award is:

“intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession.  Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks.”

Sean will be recognized at the Charleston Conference on Tuesday, November 6th, acknowledged in the December/January issue of Against the Grain, and will be featured in a podcast interview.

For more information on the award, use the link below:

Impressive, Sean!

Ashby & Monaco Presentations

Susan Ashby and Mike Monaco presented at the Ohio Innovative Users Group 2018 conference on Friday October 12th, at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Susan Ashby presented “Managing Electronic Resource Collections and Batch Loads,” and also helped plan and run the conference.

Mike Monaco presented “Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Create Lists: Matching and More,” and I co-presented “Authority Control Without Tears,” with Craig Boman of Miami University.

Way to get out there, Mike & Susan!




Stitz Chapter Published

Tammy Stitz wrote Chapter 16: Training STEM Students in LaTeX in the following publication:

Renfro, Crystal1, crenfro1@kennesaw.ed., and Elisabeth2, eshield5@kennesaw.ed. Shields. “Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students.” College & Research Libraries News, vol. 78, no. 4, Apr. 2017, pp. 202–205. EBSCOhost,

Nice work, Tammy!