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.”
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.
As you may have read in the UA-Digest, Amy Freels, editorial design coordinator at The University of Akron Press, has won a book cover design award for Brittany Cavallaro’s “Unhistorical” in the Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. This is the second time Freels has won the award for book cover design.
In addition, one of her book covers is a winner of The da Vinci Eye, which is awarded to books with superior cover artwork. Hawk Parable, Tyler Mills, University of Akron Press (cover by Amy Freels; art by Chris Maynard)
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
faculty and staff of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (through BCC)
collectively (and anonymously) submitted the following nomination…
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
A well-deserved award to the members of DDS! A great job and CONGRATULATIONS!
The Medical Library Association offered heartfelt
congratulations to Marilia Antunez on her selection as the 2020 Continuing
Education Grant recipient. Her efforts are contributing to MLA’s second century
of excellence and achievement in the health information profession.
Let’s offer Marilia our congratulations as well! Well done!
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:
Ian McCullough won a professional development grant of (up to) $2,500 to attend the two-day Library Carpentry Workshops in Baltimore this March. This is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic Region and “focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities.” Specifically, Ian will be learning about GitHub and getting a brief introduction to Python.
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
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.
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: https://ohiodig.org/