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UL Book Acknowledgement

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:   

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!

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McGurr Serving on Boards

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.

Nice representation, Melanie!

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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!

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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. 

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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. https://www.linkedin.com/learning/designing-a-book-2/creating-a-book-in-indesign?u=79600362

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

Inspiring accomplishments, Thea!

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Fleischer’s Book Published

University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography S. Victor Fleischer’s book, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: A Photographic History, 1898-1951 has been recently published by The University of Akron Press. Copies can be purchased for a 30% discount on the University Press website at www.uakron.edu/uapress with the code AIRSHIPS.  Vic will be doing a book signing and book talk at the Summit County Historical Society on Saturday, October 17th from 1:30-3:00pm and at the Ellet Public Library at 6:30 on Tuesday, October 20th.  He’s also scheduled for a book signing at the Learned Owl in Hudson on Sunday, November 15th and will appear at the online Buckeye Book Fair as part of an author to author talk on Saturday, November 14th at 6:30pm. 

Nice work, Vic!

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Freels Wins Awards

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)

Impressive work, Amy!  Congratulations!

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Freels Reappointed

Amy Freels, University of Akron Press, has been reappointed to the UC Communications Standing Committee for 2019-2022 as an at-large representative for Staff Employee Advisory Committee (SEAC)  which serves as an advisory committee to the President of The University of Akron.

Congratulations, Amy!

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Miller at P2L3

Jon Miller, Director, The University of Akron Press, recently spoke at the P2L3 Summit in Detroit, Michigan. 

“How to Encourage Faculty to Author Educational Resources.” P2L3 Summit, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of University Presses. Detroit, June 2019.

Nicely done, Jon!

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Miller Presentation

Jon Miller — Director, The University of Akron Press

In June 2018, Jon Miller gave a presentation, “Opportunities of a Skeleton Crew,” at the Association of University Presses conference.

Well done, Jon!