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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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!