Franks Provides Business Support

In his role as business librarian, Jeffrey Franks assisted with a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of the board game industry and provided support in the development of a new board game.  Tyler Novak, a two-time UA alumnus, and founder of The Novak Gaming Co. is producing a tip of the tongue word game “Goes Both Ways”.  In the process, Joe Mulea, took on developing a marketing program for the Company as an independent study project during the spring semester, prior to earning his MBA.  That’s where Jeff’s assistance was important.  To read more about “Goes Both Ways”, see the July 10, 2020 UA-Digest.

Nicely done, Jeff!

Tosko’s Been Busy

Mike Tosko has been elected to the Dean’s Review Committee for UL.  In addition, he has the following reviews published:

“Encyclopedia of the Black Arts Movement.”  Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. vol. 57, no. 3, Nov. 2019.  p. 286.

“Bobby Maduro and the Cuban Sugar Kings.”  Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. vol. 57, no. 1, Sep. 2019.  p. 76.

“Breaking Barriers:  A History of Integration in Professional Basketball.”   Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. vol. 56, no. 10, June 2019.  p. 1276.

“Encyclopedia of African-American Writing: Five Centuries of Contribution: Trials and Triumphs of Writers, Poets, Publications and Organizations.”  Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. vol. 56, no. 7, Mar. 2019.  p. 855.

“Invisible Ball of Dreams:  Literary Representations of Baseball Behind the Color Line.”  Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. vol. 56, no. 6, Feb. 2019.  p. 741.

Impressive work, Mike!

Kennedy Published

Sean Kennedy, along with his co-presenters (including UL alums Garewal and Wisneski) were invited to write a chapter in the annual conference proceedings monograph for the Charleston Conference. The book is open access and was just published a few days ago online at https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/f7623f16x?locale=en

Our chapter is titled Springing into Collections: Best Practices for Inheriting an Academic Library Collections Budget.

Great collaboration, Sean!

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!

Tosko’s Reviews Published

Mike Tosko has had the following reviews published:

 

“Atlas of Empires: The World’s Great Powers from Ancient Times to Today.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 18, May 2018, p. 15.

“The Jewish Joke.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 16, Apr. 2018, p. 14.

“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 15, Apr. 2018, p. 35.

“Pocket Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 13, Mar. 2018, p. 12.

“English U.S.A. Every Day: A Fun ESL Guide to American Culture and Language.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 11, Feb. 2018, p. 8.

“Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400-1900: Europe, Africa, and the Americas in an Age of Exploration, Trade, and Empires.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 11, Feb. 2018, p. 13.

“Nationalism & Populism: (320 BCE-2017 CE). Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 5, Jan. 2018, p. 594.

 

Nice work, Mike!

 

 

Gersch Presentations

Beate Gersch is busy getting out there professionally.  As part of a Northeast Ohio Regional Library System event on May 3, 2018, she will participate in the Critical Conversations Mini-conference: Tolerance is Not Enough: Libraries Respond to Hate.  According to the website, she will kick off the day with an interactive presentation entitled “Library staff and information professionals as cultural brokers: Celebrating the joys and tackling the challenges of cultural diversity and inclusion.”

In addition, she and Stephanie Dawson Everett will share an encore of their ALAO presentation from last fall for a Race Card Project webinar this April.

This presentation demonstrates the evolution of the “race card project,” inspired by Michele Norris (www.theracecardproject.com) and describes how the project got started at Bierce Library within the context of the annual Rethinking Race event. They will share the simple steps of setting up a race card wall and monitoring the comments, as well as the challenges that are involved with a sensitive topic like this, particularly when dealing with a diverse student body.

Here is the full text from the ALAO announcement:

This presentation demonstrates the evolution of the “race card project,” inspired by Michele Norris (www.theracecardproject.com), at a large public university. We describe how the project got started within the context of the university’s annual campus and community wide diversity awareness programming. We will share the simple steps of setting up a race card wall and monitoring the comments, as well as the challenges that are involved with a sensitive topic like this, particularly when dealing with a diverse student body. Finally, we will outline our efforts to incorporate this outreach event into the curriculum through collaboration with faculty. The audience for this presentation will be able to a) plan this outreach event on a very low budget, b) anticipate potential challenges based on the characteristics of their own institution, and c) identify partners for collaboration outside their library.

Nicely done!

 

 

 

 

McCullough’s Additional Responsibilities

Ian McCullough, Assistant Dean, Research and Instruction Services

In January, Ian McCullough was named an Assistant Editor for refereed articles by the journal Issues in Science and Technology Libraries, where he had been a peer-reviewer for several years.

In addition, he was granted the joint title of Assistant Professor, Chemistry starting January 1st, 2018.

Congratulations, Ian!

 

 

Tosko Reviews Published

Dr. Michael P Tosko, UL Research & Learning Services

Mike Tosko recently had the following reviews published:

“The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups.”  Booklist vol. 114, no. 8, 15 Dec. 2017.

“50 Events That Shaped American Indian History: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic.”  Reference & User Services Quarterly  vol. 57, no. 1, Fall 2017.

Nice work, Mike!