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May 2013Nature.com and the German version of Scientific American (under the umbrella of the Nature Publishing Group) officially launched a blog by SLIS alumna Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, on their SciLogs website on May 10, 2013. The blog is titled "Scientific and Medical Libraries." http://www.scilogs.com/scientific_and_medical_libraries/
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was interviewed for and contributed to a case study for “Serials Solutions, web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.” The case study is available at http://www.serialssolutions.com/assets/resources/Case_Study_Case_Western.pdf.
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2013 Indiana Online Users Group event, “The Many Faces of Technology,” held May 3, 2013 ( http://www.iolug.org/conferences/2013spring/2013spring.html). His speech was titled “A New Service Model through Technology."
SLIS alumna Kristen Hallows, M.L.I.S. ’12, wrote an article currently in production with Taylor & Francis. The article, "Health Information Literacy and the Elderly: Has the Internet Had an Impact?" has an estimated publication date of June 28 (online) and July 19 (print) in The Serials Librarian.
SLIS alumna Carolyn Hank, M.L.S. '04, has been appointed assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. She joins the UT faculty from McGill University where she was assistant professor and acting coordinator for the archival studies program. As a member of the Digital Curation Professional Institute faculty, she also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hank was awarded her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was titled Scholars & their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, & Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. Hank received the Academic Achievement Award for the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (UNC) in May of 2012 and the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (UNC) in May of 2011. In June of 2010 she was awarded the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu. She began teaching at UT in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT.
SLIS alumnus Don Jason III, M.L.I.S. '12, M.S.-IAKM '12, has been accepted into the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program. Jason was one of the first graduates of the schools health informatics program, which began in fall 2010.
Laura Barry, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Alexandria, Va., had a paper presentation accepted to the Inclusive Museum Conference which will be held in Denmark in April 2013 ( http://onmuseums.com/the-conference).
Joseph M. Dudley, M.L.I.S. '05, of Cleveland, Ohio, is presenting his paper titled “Maintenance and Development of the Library Web Portal at Bryant & Stratton College Cleveland Downtown Campus” in April at the 2013 Teaching, Colleges, and Community Worldwide Online Conference; the paper will be published in the conference proceedings.
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, contributed a chapter titled “Using Google Voice and Chat for Reference at the Kelvin Smith Library” in Designing and implementing virtual reference services: A LITA guide, ed. B.C. Thomsett-Scott (Chicago: American Library Association, 2013). Available at http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=4252
A new book by SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, Build a Great Team: One Year to Success, has just been published by ALA Editions (2013). She also recently published a chapter titled “Grant Applications” in Library Management 101: A Practical Guide, ed. Diane L. Velasquez, (ALA Editions, 2013). Her previous publications include Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA Editions, 2011); “Reaching Little Heights,” book chapter in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success, ed. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Editions, 2010); and “Burgers, Baby Showers and Hot Nosh! Success Stories of Community/Library Connections,” book chapter in Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions, ed. Karen Ellis (IGI Global, 2011).
Dana Shreve, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named the Reference Manager at Grand Canyon University, where she was previously the Electronic Resources Librarian. She recently finished writing a book chapter for an introduction to university success class and is awaiting publication.
SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., has several publications forthcoming: “Ambition and Ambivalence: A Study of Professional Attitudes Toward Digital Distribution of Archival Moving Images,” American Archivist, 76, no. 2 (in press, 2013); “The Evolution and Integration of Moving Image Preservation Work in Cultural Heritage Institutions,” Information & Culture 48, no. 3 (in press, 2013); “Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings,” with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and alumnus Laurence T. Skirvin, M.L.I.S. ’11, JASIST (in press, 2013). She also is author of a forthcoming book chapter: “Preservation in a Time of Transition: Redefining Stewardship of Time-Based Media in the Digital Age,” in Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, ed. Michèle V. Cloonan. New York: Neal-Schuman (forthcoming, 2013).
Jessica DeCaro, M.L.I.S. ’09, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is now the assistant user services librarian at Case Western Reserve University in the Cleveland Health Science Libraries. She provides reference and information fluency instruction at the Health Center Library.
Nicole Hollon, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Austin, Texas, was hired full-time in October 2012 as a records management specialist for the University of Texas at Austin.
Jessica Hudson, M.L.I.S. ’02, of Canton, Ohio, has been named director of development, oncology, for the Summa Foundation in Akron, Ohio. Previously she worked in Corporate and Foundation Relations at Kent State University.
Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, music reference librarian, Popular Library Department, Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in Library Journal this month in the first of a two-part article. (See http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/media/music/music-for-the-masses-music-clubs-part-1-march-2013/. He’ll also be in the second part of the article in the next issue.) The article is about a program series he has been running since November called "Listen to This!" as well as similar programs at several other libraries. Kemple’s local alternative newspaper also did a story on the most recent instance of that series, which featured music from North Korea http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-4464-come_hear_your_favorite_north_korean_folk_songs_at.html. He also has been interviewed by Paste Magazine about his Experimental Music at the Library series.
LeeAnn McNabb, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, reference librarian in the Popular Library Department at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, was featured in a March 19 article on the Library as Incubator Project website for her role in organizing the first ever Cincinnati Library Comic Con series. http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=9405IAKM Alumnus Edwin K. Morris, M.S. ’12 (Knowledge Management), of Sierra Vista, Ariz., is the author of an article titled “Culture and Knowledge Operations at the Learning Technology Directorate,” which was recently published in Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin. The article was based on a paper he wrote for Special Topics in IAKM 61095 taught by Iouri P. Bairatchnyi, Ph.D. Morris also recently received Certified Knowledge Management Professional (CKMP) certification from the Knowledge Management Professional Society (KMPro). The CKMP designation is awarded by KMPro to experienced practitioners in the field of Knowledge Management (KM) based upon demonstration of practical application of knowledge management.
Adam Brooks, M.L.I.S. ’01, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., was recently promoted to Director of Libraries & Community Services for Hernando County, Fla.
Caitlin Donahoe, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Lower Burrell, Pa., was hired in November as the Youth Services Librarian at Peoples Library. She works at the library's Lower Burrell and New Kensington, Pa., branches. Her work was highlighted in the local paper; the article can be found at the following url: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/3196201-74/library-donahoe-librarian#axzz2JEiAnAWv
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited webinar speaker for Serials Solutions: Relationship building leads to research success on Feb. 28, 2013. The recording is available at http://bit.ly/ZFwf8r
Amy McCoy, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is now at The University of Akron School of Law as the Technical Services Librarian or Assistant Law Librarian.
JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Akron, Ohio, accepted a job in December 2012, as a full-time children's librarian at the Akron-Summit County Main Library.
Ashlee (Clark) Tominey, M.L.I.S. ‘12, of Columbus, Ohio, has been promoted to the position of Library Development Consultant with an emphasis in special project coordination at the State Library of Ohio. Ashlee’s responsibilities will include coordinating Ohio’s participation in ILEAD USA, supporting Library Leadership Ohio, and helping libraries with the development of strategic plans. She will also help Ohio libraries promote, develop, and assess their workforce development projects and form collaborative relationships with organizations and government agencies supporting workforce development and the economically impacted. Ashlee has been with the State Library of Ohio for the past nine years, serving as Executive Secretary to the State Librarian for the last six. She has also worked at the Ohioana Library Association and Ohio University’s Alden Library. Ashlee also was recently appointed to the Ohio Library Council’s Library Education Committee and is an active member of the 2012 class of Library Leadership Ohio.
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited panelist at ALA Midwinter 2013, on the Summon Customer Panel titled “Web-scale discovery leads to new efficiencies.”
Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has been named editor of “By the Book,” a professional book reviews’ column published in Public Libraries. (Anyone interested in reviewing new library science books can contact Cathy at email@example.com.) She is executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System.
Carolyn Hank, M.L.I.S. ’04, Ph.D., of Chapel Hill, N.C., has been appointed as assistant professor in the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. She joins the UT faculty from McGill University where she was assistant professor and acting coordinator for the archival studies program. As a member of the Digital Curation Professional Institute faculty, she also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hank was awarded her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation was titled “Scholars and Their Blogs: Characteristics, Preferences, and Perceptions Impacting Digital Preservation. She received the Academic Achievement Award for the Epsilon Chapter of Beta Phi Mu (UNC) in May of 2012 and the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award (UNC) in May of 2011. In June of 2010 she was awarded the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu. She will begin teaching courses in the spring 2013 semester and will continue her research focus in digital curation and archival studies at UT.
Steve Kemple, M.L.I.S. ’12, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was featured in an interview in the December issue of Library Journal. http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/12/media/music/making-noise-steve-kemple-december-1-2012-music-for-the-masses/
Kemberly (Meiners) Lang, M.L.S. ’88, of London, Ohio, was recently selected as Curator of Corporate Heritage at OCLC located in Dublin, Ohio. In this position, Kemberly manages the OCLC Archive collections in both their physical and digital formats. Currently, the digital archive is maintained using CONTENTdm with non-restrictive items searchable via the OCLC WorldCat database.
Michelle Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, of Jamestown, Ohio, has been named Assistant Principal of Xenia Christian Middle and High School. She previously worked as the Assistant to the Director of Campus Activities at Cedarville, as secretary to the principal of Xenia Christian High School, and at Greene County Public Library. http://xeniagazette.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=176964&SectionID=2&SubSectionID=4&S=1
Sara Sampson, M.L.I.S. ’04, has been appointed as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. She will be teaching the Law Libraries and Legal Information course. Sara is also the Deputy Director of the Law Library and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Joenna (Wolfe) Cynkar, M.L.I.S. ’07, of Dublin, Ohio, has been named the Program Coordinator for Ohio State University’s Department of Psychiatry. Jo began her LIS career as a Children’s Librarian at the Worthington Libraries (she was hired while doing her practicum there) and was promoted to Manager of Youth Services at Worthington only two years later in 2009. This latest career move represents a step outside of the LIS field but draws directly on the program management skills and experience she gained during her time at the Worthington Libraries.
Gary Gorka, M.L.S. ’96, San Rafael, Calif., has been serving as executive director of the Archbishop Alemany Library, Dominican University of California, since 2007, and recently assumed the position of University Librarian, serving on Dean's Council and reporting to the provost. The library has a total staff of 13 with six faculty librarians involved primarily in information literacy instruction, research assistance, faculty liaison work and electronic resource development. It has recently completed a technology merger with the public libraries in Marin County, California, to create a fully shared academic-public catalog and borrowing consortium. He says he has always enjoyed academic librarianship, teaching and technology and is having a good time helping create a high-tech, high-touch library for the students. Next year the library building celebrates its 50th anniversary and will be embarking on a fundraising campaign to modernize the facility.
SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, was an invited speaker to the Fall 2012 Mohican Technical Services Retreat. His speech topic was “Discovery layers and other Web 2.0 features in OPACs,” and a copy of his presentation is available at http://www.slideshare.net/bcg8/transforming-the-opacweb-20-mobile-and-discovery.
Judy Griggs, M.L.I.S. ’07, Stow, Ohio, is the medical librarian in the Family Resource Center at Akron Children's Hospital in Akron, Ohio.
Jeff Zarate, M.L.I.S. '09, Columbus, Ohio, is an Archives Project member at the Harding Heritage Foundation, which preserves the history of Harding Medical Center, Worthington Foods, and promotes psychiatric and nutritional wellness in the central Ohio area. The project is currently organizing archival materials for cataloging using PastPerfect5 software. Jeff's involvement has been on the technical side, installing the software on new computers, sorting and organizing files and assisting in the policy formulation, and inputting data into the catalog.
Matthew Allison, M.L.I.S. ’04, was pictured in American Libraries Magazine (published by the American Library Association) in a story about damage caused by Superstorm Sandy: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11042012/libraries-weather-superstorm. In the central picture of this article, Allison stands in front of the Book Bus at the Rockaway Peninsula in New York. Allison has been working at Queens Borough Public Library in New York City for the past 10+ years. The worst library damage occurred on the Rockaway Peninsula, just across Jamaica Bay from the JFK International Airport. Five branches of Queens Library had serious flood damage.
SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Sharon (Edwards) Holderman, M.L.I.S '07, was recently hired as the public services coordinator at Angelo & Jennette Volpe Library, Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.
An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and alumna Shelly Miller, M.L.I.S. ’11, “A study of emotional labor in librarianship,” has been published in Library & Information Science Research 2012 (vol. 34). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740818812000965
Two SLIS alumnae have been selected to serve as 2013 board members of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OEMLA): Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09 (East Region) and Victoria Karakasis, M.L.I.S. '00 (Northeast Region). Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '80, is OELMA's immediate past president, and three other alumnae served on the board in 2012: Jennifer Flaherty, M.L.I.S. '07 (Northeast Region), Debbie Reynolds, M.L.I.S. '04 (Northwest Region) and Linda Locker, M.L.S. '93 (South Region).
Michelle Foss Leonard, M.L.S. '95, is the principal investigator for a $298,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create an online, self-directed, interactive game that creates a role-adopting environment in which Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduate students will learn to recognize and avoid plagiarism, falsification of data, and fabrication of data. The online game will be made freely available in November 2012. Read more about this project.
Bonnie Kleinke, M.L.I.S. ’10, of Kent, Ohio, is a pharmacy technician instructor.
Bill Barrow, winner of Herrick Award
Bill Barrow, M.L.S. '98, has received the 2012 Herrick Memorial Award from the Early Settlers’ Association of the Western Reserve for his work as the Cleveland Memory Project’s co-founder, team leader and public spokesperson. Read more about Barrow and this prestigious honor. (Photo: Bill Barrow, M.L.S. '98)
Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93, is co-author, with SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., of FRSAD: Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness (Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2012). The volume is part of the Third Millennium Cataloging Series. The FRSAD model (released by IFLA) allows catalogers to more readily determine the answer to the fundamental question, "What's it about?" and helps users by providing a clear description of library holdings. The cover says this publication was "written by three leading members of the IFLA working group that developed the model."
Pat Tompkins, M.L.I.S. ’09, has been employed by the Iron County Mobile Library and the Utah State Library since September 2011.
William Coup, M.L.S. ’82, has retired after almost 20 years as a reference librarian at the Boynton Beach City Library in Boynton Beach, Fla. He has since moved to Hopkins, S.C., and volunteers at the Columbia Family Search Center helping people research their genealogy.
July 2012Marlene Edge, M.L.I.S. '12, is presenting a poster defining "Document" at the 2012 DOCAM (Document Academy) in August. DOCAM12 is hosted by the faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 15-17, 2012.
Patricia Keats, M.L.I.S ’79, was instrumental in bringing the “Singing the Golden State” exhibit to life at The Society of California Pioneers. Keats, originally from Park Ridge, Ill., received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in medieval and renaissance history and went on to the University of Chicago to complete her master’s degree in medieval art history. Currently she holds the position of Director of Library and Archives for The Society of California Pioneers, a museum and library located in downtown San Francisco. Read more about this project.
Laurence Skirvin, M.L.I.S ’11, became the third person in his family to pursue a career in library and information science. Skirvin, originally from Villa Rica, Ga., received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of West Georgia in 2005. Both Skirvin’s grandmother and aunt were librarians; his grandmother, Elizabeth Neidert Skirvin, was a 1964 Kent State SLIS alumna. Read more about Skirvin.
Angela Wojtecki, M.L.I.S. '09, has received the 2012 Emerging Leader award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The award is given each year to one or two librarians in the state who show leadership and potential in the field. She'll receive the award at the OELMA annual conference this fall. For the past two years, Angela has served as district librarian for Streetsboro City Schools. This fall she'll assume her new position as Director of Library Media Services for Nordonia Hills City Schools.
Leni Anderson, M.L.I.S. '09, has been selected to be the new Director of the Education Curriculum Center at The Ohio State University-Newark campus. He will be leaving the Columbus Metropolitan Library-Franklinton Branch where he was an Adult Services/Reference Librarian.
Tracie Kreighbaum, M.L.S. '98, of Tualatin, Oregon, is a Ph.D. student at Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management, and is teaching for ESU- Portland as a S.L.I.M. cohort.
Krista Taracuk, M.L.S. '90, the 2012 Ohio Educational Library Media Association Past President, has been appointed to the State Library of Ohio Board.
Mary Weick, M.L.S. '51, has retired from her position as a school librarian in Keauhou, Hawaii.
Amy Yuncker, M.L.I.S. '12, was recently name University Archivist for Malone University in Canton.
Catherine Cardwell, M.L.S. '95, has been named Ohio Wesleyan University's new Director of Libraries.
Pamela Cass, M.L.S. '78, has retired from the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction after 28 years. Cass was the recipient of the Correctional Education Association Support Person of the Year 2006.
Grace Brinker, a 2011 SLIS graduate, has recently accepted a full-time cataloging position at the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Parma.
Kristin E. Cole, M.L.I.S., Niles, Ohio, has accepted the position of reference-instruction librarian at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio
Timothy J. Dickey, M.L.I.S., Columbus, Ohio, had his article "Books as Expressions of Global Cultural Diversity: Data Mining for National Collection Analysis" accepted for publication in Library Resources & Technical Services.
SLIS Alumna and Adjunct Instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. '91, has published a chapter titled "Waking Up the Neighborhood: Partnerships with Local Businesses and Art Communities" in the recently published book Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions.
Charles F. Hansen, M.L.I.S., Mount Vernon, Ohio, has been selected as the new director of the Granville Public Library.
Sara Kelley-Mudie, M.L.I.S. '07, and Erica Blasdel, M.L.I.S. '07, were selected to participate in the 2011 American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program.
Amy Laity, M.L.S., Elmore, Ohio, became the new director of the Harris-Elmore Public Library on April 1. Laity was manager of the Genoa Branch Library since February 1995 and was appointed to assistant director in March.
Heidi L. Landskroener, M.L.I.S., '05 Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to Children's Librarian at the Addison Branch of the Cleveland Public Library.
Marjory Mogg, M.L.I.S. '04, was listed in a Plain Dealer article on "The literary year in Cleveland: 10 newsworthy events," on Jan. 1, 2012, for her success in bringing the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to Cleveland in 2012 (Oct. 4-7). According to the Plain Dealer, "Marjory Mogg, intrepid Euclid librarian and mystery lover, scored a coup by luring the next Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to downtown Cleveland, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Big names — such as John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George and Robin Cook — will headline the four-day extravaganza, which Mogg said took her four years of campaigning to bring here. Participants can register at bouchercon2012.com." Mogg is currently Readers Advisory Librarian at Euclid Public Library.
Janice G. Radl, M.L.I.S., Sagamore Hills, Ohio, was recently hired as a librarian in the Science and Technology Division at the Akron-Summit County Library.
Simone R. Richardson, M.L.S., Akron, Ohio, is a librarian at the Summit County Library and recently authored Executive Clemency by Pardon: A Guide to Pardon Success.
Daniel J. Slife, M.L.I.S., Huron, Ohio, is the new director of the Huron Public Library.
Rikki J. Steingass, M.L.I.S., Bluffton, Ohio, received a 2011 YALSA Teen Tech Week Mini Grant for Bluffton Public Library.
Amy Crow, M.L.I.S. '11, was recently hired as the Genealogical Content Manager for Archives.com
Heather McEwen, M.L.I.S. '06, Is now reference librarian at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) and an assistant professor of pharmacy practice. McEwen served as course director for the Evidence Based Medicine I course this fall, with a physician and a pharmacist as assistant course directors. This interprofessional course is taken by first-year medical and pharmacy students. She will also serve as the assistant course director for the EBM II course and has been busy creating library subject guides and presenting posters related to her EBM activities. Copies of her posters can be found here: http://libraryguides.neomed.edu/profile.php?uid=38405. McEwen's brother, William McEwen, a 2005 SLIS graduate, volunteered with the course.