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Performance Goals Writing Workshops August 7 & 8

Submitted by Erica Jonak:  The University Libraries’ HR team is pleased to announce our “Performance Goals Writing Workshops.” These workshops will serve as a “writing lab”, in which participants will review, evaluate, and develop goals for the upcoming year’s performance period.

The purpose of these sessions is to ensure goals are “SMART” (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound) and action plans will produce successful results. The outcome of the workshop will include enhanced goal writing skills and will help set the stage for Step 1, Planning and Goal Setting, which is due on August 25.

Attendance is limited and registration is required. Please contact Kristin Gall  to register for one of the sessions by Friday, August 4.

  • Monday, August 7, 2:30-4 p.m., Thompson Library, Room 150A/B
  • Tuesday, August 8, 12:30-2 p.m., Library Tech Center, Room 121/122  

Professional Development Opportunities in BuckeyeLearn

Submitted by Kristin Gall:

Following are upcoming sessions from the Office of Human Resources:

Working Through Difficult Conversations
This in-person workshop provides tools and practice to help increase skills and comfort in engaging in difficult conversations. Learn how to prepare in advance, start the conversation effectively, and maintain a productive environment.
• Tuesday, July 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
• Thursday, August 10, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy
This in-person workshop provides participants key legal and policy details, how to recognize sexual misconduct, how to file a complaint or make a report, support resources, and how to prevent sexual misconduct in the work and academic setting.
• Wednesday, July 26, 9-11 a.m.
• Tuesday, September 19, 1-3 p.m.

CPR/First Aid/AED training July 26

Submitted by Brent Lewis:  The Libraries are offering CPR/First Aid/AED training for faculty, staff and students.  Each session will last approximately 3 ½ hours, and is free. This session if for a refresher/recertification if you have been certified within the last two years. If you have not been certified within the last two years please contact me and we will look into providing the full class in the coming months.

  • Thompson Library:  Wednesday, July 26 at 9 a.m. – 1230 p.m. in Room 150 A&B

If you are interested in attending, please contact Security Manager Brent Lewis,  lewis.1834.  If you had signed up earlier this month and now find you are unable to attend because of the dates/times of the sessions, please let Brent know so we can open up the sessions to those who are able to attend.

Catalog and Discovery Systems Forum June 14

Submitted by Morag Boyd:  There will be a Catalog and Discovery Systems Forum: Wednesday, June 14,   1 p.m., Library Tech Center, room 122.  Anyone with cataloging responsibilities or an interest in the catalog or discovery environment is welcome to attend.

The agenda includes:

  • Policy updates:
    – 945 for electronic resources that do not require authentication
    – Locations and material types for electronic resources
  • ETD Batch loading Project: Terry Reese and Magda El-Sherbini will present on the project to work with OhioLINK to develop a batch-loading process and the record enhancements for OSUL to load thousands of digitized dissertations to the OhioLINK ETD Center
  • Sierra Material Type Project: Michelle Henley will share her presentation from the Innovative Users Group meeting on our materials types updating project
  • OSUL Discovery Project: Terry will discuss this major library initiative, emphasizing the interests of catalogers

“Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies” workshop June 7

Submitted by Sandra Enimil:  Please join the Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee for a 90 minute workshop from the American Library Association (ALA) entitled “Offering Service and Support to the LGBTQIA Community and Allies Workshop,”  Wednesday, June 7, 2:30 p.m., with presenter Jessica Jupitus. The program will be viewed in the Thompson Library, Rooms 150 A/B.  A 30-minute discussion will follow the viewing.

Librarians are always thinking of ways to reach more users, make the library a more welcoming environment, and provide patrons with better services. With the increasing visibility of gay, queer, transgender, and gender non-binary issues, it has been evident that more people are interested in better understanding these communities and how to offer services that are both respectful and helpful.

Information on sexuality and gender identity can be hard to find, and sometimes patrons are uncomfortable asking and discussing these topics. In this workshop, Jupitus will provide you with informative ways on how you can create a warm and welcoming space with visible allies to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community and help develop your library services all at the same time. You’ll come out of the session with great programming ideas and strategies to get your administration and community on board.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about different programs and guidelines to serve people who identify as LGBTQIA
  • How to create a safe and welcoming space
  • Community partnerships and local tie-ins to increase your reach
  • The importance of offering these services and how to persuade administrators and others in your community to be supportive of these new initiatives

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Send emails to Sandra Enimil to confirm attendance.

Training Opportunity – Paper and Bytes: Policies, Best Practices and Resources for Managing Ohio State Records, July 10

Submitted by Kristin Gall:  Become more knowledgeable about university policies, legal requirements and best practices concerning the retention, management and disposition of records in their care during the in-person session on Monday, July 10.

Visit to register.

May 15 UX Cohort Meeting

Submitted by Robyn Ness:  Mark your calendars for the next UX Cohort meeting on Monday, May 15, 1-2 p.m. in Thompson Library 150A. We’ll be doing a cardsort exercise, discussing our recent UX testing with undergraduates, and breaking into small groups to talk about our focused projects.

If you haven’t participated before, you’re still welcome to join us to see what the UX Cohort is working on. There will be snacks.

If you have questions, please email Robyn Ness  or Meris Mandernach.

Save the Date: Research Commons Collaboratory July 12

Submitted by Meris Mandernach:  Mark your calendars for the Research Commons Collaboratory on July 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The morning will be filled with updates about Research Commons services and trends of use. Lunch will be provided. Individuals can select various afternoon sessions for demonstrations and hands-on use of the spaces and its services.

This event is intended for professional development of library faculty and staff only. More details and RSVP forms to follow.

Questions? Ask

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) in May

Submitted by Darnelle Melvin:  This is the first of many messages coming over the next few weeks.  I am very excited and wanted to share with you about the ALCTS Exchange.  The  Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. 

The Exchange program activities, resources, and conversations are already beginning, and starting next week, ALCTS will begin its “live stream,”  facilitating an interactive multi-day virtual event which will include presentations, lightning rounds, poster sessions, panel discussions, and activities associated around topics like collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, and preservation. University Libraries will be represented in the program.  Our colleagues Sandra Enimil and Maria Scheid from the Copyright Resources Center will be presenting a poster entitled Clearing Free to Ride: A Lesson in Providing Copyright Support in All Stages of Creation

In addition to the activities, the presenters will incorporate interactive features into their presentations, such as pre-event assignments/readings, pre-event surveys, live session polling, and live or asynchronous question and answer sessions.  You can register now and see additional information about the event at

The libraries has paid for a group registration and as the group leader, I encourage all library faculty, staff and student workers within and outside of technical services to set up a personal login and participate in this event.  There is literally something for everyone.  Live streaming of the events will take place at the Library Tech Center in Room 122 on May 9, 11, 16 and 18, from 1-5 p.m.  Bring your own device to engage with other participants.

If you are interested in seeing the participant resources, participating in this event or have any additional questions, feel free to send me an email at and I can set you up with access instructions.  I will also be onsite at the Library Tech Center a few hours before the event kickoff, to setup the room and help troubleshoot any technical issues. 

I  encourage you to participate in the ALCTS Exchange.

Critical Pedagogy and the Practice of Critical Information Literacy April 26

Wednesday, April 26, 3-4:30 p.m., Thompson Library, Room 150B

Speakers:    Dr. Todd Suddeth, Director of the OSU Multicultural Center;  Dr. Maurice Stevens, Associate Professor, Comparative Studies

All library staff are encouraged to attend this presentation and brief workshop on critical pedagogy and its implications for libraries.  

As we consider more deeply the educational role of our organization, this session focuses especially on the rich traditions and emerging practices of critical pedagogy and how it might inform how we engage with students, helping them understand more completely the systems of power that are present in the information ecosystem, whether through the processes of peer review, publishing monopolies, algorithms in search engines, social media news dissemination, or other features of the world of information that present partial or distorted views of scholarship and information.  

This presentation will identify pedagogical practices that empower students and faculty alike, broaden conversations in the classroom and in other learning environments, and suggest ways of rethinking our instruction to develop students’ critical response to the world of information they live in.

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