Atunez & Stitz Present

Marilia Yesenia Antunez and Tammy A. Stitz presented in August 2020 at a virtual joint conference:

The presentation examined the planning process of a series of workshops supporting honors students in creating their theses. The process was informed by lessons learned from previous workshops. The formation of the series was a partnership of librarians and the honors college to deliver 12 one-hour workshops.

Nice teamwork, Marilia and Tammy!

Carson Elected Vice Chair

From the UA-Digest:

New officers elected by University Council

At their Sept. 14 meeting, members of University Council elected a new slate of officers. Dr. Philip Allen, interim director of research administration and immediate past chair of University Council, called the meeting to order and conducted the election of the UC chair.

  • Dr. Tonia P. Ferrell was appointed by acclimation as the new chair. She was the only person nominated and will serve a two-year term. Ferrell is director of prospect development and campaigns in the Department of Development, and had served as secretary of University Council for several years.
  • Jeanette Carson, Director of Audio Visual and Distance Learning Services, was elected as vice chair.
  • Dr. Kristine Kraft, an associate professor and interim director of the School of Allied Health, was elected secretary.

Congratulations, Jeanette!

Sierra: 5.1 installed on 7/21/2020

The Sierra application and database servers were updated to Sierra 5.1 on 7/21/2020.  Included in 5.1 is the ability to disable the “Remember me on this computer” option, so you may have noticed it missing immediately after the upgrade. By default the option is disabled in 5.1. For now, the “Remember me” option has been re-enabled.

Please take a moment to review 5.1 new features and known issues reported and fixed on the Sierra Share Point.

Please send an email to  for all Sierra requests, problem reports, or questions.

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!

Hayes & Orcutt Present Online

Brittany 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.” 

Great teamwork!

Lampner in Panel Discussion

Wendy Lampner, Director of Design & Development Services, is participating in a panel discussion this afternoon, June 24, 2020, entitled Transitioning to an Online Learning Environment ‘On the Fly’ During COVID-19.  Described as a vendor agnostic panel discussion which features higher education LMS thought leaders and LMS owners. They will focus this discussion on how the existing LMS technology and support helped prepare higher education institutions to deal with the transition to ALL online instruction and remote learning, and the implications of doing so. Panelists will focus on sharing: lessons learned; opportunities for improvement; best practices that may benefit the research and education community; and more.

Speakers: Diane Butler, Rice University; John Fritz, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Wendy Lampner, The University of Akron; Tom Lewis, University of Washington

Well done, Wendy!

Monaco Gets Grant

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.

Nice going, Mike!

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!

DDS are Ziptastic Recipients!

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 Akron community. 

The faculty and staff of the Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences (through BCC) collectively (and anonymously) submitted the following nomination…

We are 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 thanks DDS.

A well-deserved award to the members of DDS!  A great job and CONGRATULATIONS!