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“How to Think (and Act) Like a UX Librarian” online program October 17

Join the UX Cohort from noon to 1 p.m.  on Tuesday, October 17, for an ARCL-sponsored program “How to Think (and Act) Like a UX Librarian.” We’ll meet in Thompson 150 A&B to watch online. You don’t need to be a member of the UX Cohort to attend – everybody’s welcome!

In the past few years, many university libraries have hired user experience (UX) librarians to evaluate and improve library websites, services, and systems. But what exactly is a UX Librarian? What does their workday look like? And do you have to be a UX librarian to do user experience work? Three experienced UX librarians from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Arizona will share how their jobs have evolved over time and what they see as the biggest challenges and opportunities for UX work within academic libraries. Learn ways you can (and should!) incorporate UX thinking and processes into your daily work, even if UX isn’t in your job description.


  • Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries
  • Josh Boyer, Department Head, User Experience, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Emily Daly, Head of Assessment & User Experience and Librarian for Education, Duke University Libraries

Using Teamwork Projects October 3

Submitted by Sue Rahnema: Training Committee invites you to join us on October 3 in Thompson Library room 165 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to learn about how the team in the Research Commons is making use of Teamwork Projects. Teamwork Projects has everything you need to track a project from start to finish. The flexibility, combined with the intuitive features the app offers mean your team will not only become better collaborators but they will massively increase their productivity on a daily basis.

Research Commons’ team will share with you:
   • Josh Sadvari – Research Commons project prioritization and personal task management
   • Nicole Hernandez – Research Commons student use
   • Sharon Sadvari – Data Management Services use
   • Inal Elbeyli – Using board view

To share or add this event to your calendar please visit

Creating Accessible Presentations Webinar September 27, 12-1 p.m.

Submitted by Emily Shaw:  Carli Spina, Head Librarian for Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries, will explain how to design presentation materials that are accessible, including providing demonstrations of the accessibility features of popular presentation softwares, and how to ensure that your presentation is accessible for all of your audience members. Sponsored by the Digital Library Federation’s Forum Planning Inclusivity Subcommittee.

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities in BuckeyeLearn

Submitted by Kristin Gall:  There are several professional development trainings in BuckeyeLearn. Below are upcoming sessions from the Office of Human Resources:

Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy
Members of the university community have the right to be free from all forms of sexual misconduct. 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.
• Tuesday, September 19, 1-3 p.m.
• Thursday, November 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Discover Your Personal Leadership Brand
Learn why creating a professional brand is important, and how to create a brand that goes beyond your strengths, skills and character to convey your leadership ability. This in-person workshop includes reflection on your personal presence, how you use your strengths in your role, how you engage others, and your outcomes and results.
• Friday, September 22, 9-11 a.m.

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.
• Friday, September 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
• Friday, October 6, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
• Friday, November 3, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

“Affordable Learning and University Libraries at Ohio State” session September 7

Submitted by Amanda Folk:  Education can’t be excellent if students aren’t fully equipped. The cost of textbooks shouldn’t be a limiting factor to their success, especially when high quality open and affordable alternatives to conventional, high cost textbooks exist.  Affordable learning is more than just saving students money; it’s an opportunity to reflect on course design, assignments, and pedagogy.

Learn more about Ohio State’s Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) and the support that liaison librarians have been giving to ALX-grant recipients at “Affordable Learning and University Libraries at Ohio State,” Thursday, September 7, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Thompson Library, Room 165.  Presenters at the program include:

Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX)

  • Ashley Miller, Program Manager for Affordability and Access
  • Alexis Duffy and Michael Shiflet, Educational Technologies

University Libraries

  • Danny Dotson, Head, Geology Library
  • Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Latin American Studies Librarian
  • Amanda Folk, Head, Teaching & Learning
  • Cyndi Preston, Liaison Librarian

Ohio State’s Affordable Learning Exchange was created to help instructors take ownership of their courses and content. ALX funds projects that help bridge this gap while promoting excellent pedagogy and maintaining ownership of teaching and learning tools with the experts–Ohio State’s world-class faculty. It helps faculty navigate the waters of affordable resources and find creative solutions that promote students savings. This includes re-imagining the textbook, encouraging faculty innovation, and empowering faculty through grants and training opportunities to adopt, adapt, create and share open educational resources.

The ALX partnership includes:

  • University Student Government (USG)
  • University Libraries
  • Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE)
  • Office of Academic Affairs (OAA)
  • University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT)

September 6 UX Cohort Meeting: Experiences with User Experience Methods

Join us for the fall semester UX Cohort kick-off on Wednesday, September 6,  1 p.m.  in Thompson Room 150A & B. Three OSUL colleagues will talk about how they applied user experience principles to their work prior to joining University Libraries and how they continue to approach user experience design in their current roles.

  • Anita Foster, our Electronic Resources Officer, conducted observational user research on search behavior for electronic resource discovery during her time at Illinois State University and has published her findings in the Journal of Web Librarianship and the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.
  • Phoebe Kim came to AD&S from OSU’s College of Engineering and, prior to that, HSL’s Center for Knowledge Management. In both roles, Phoebe has grounded her front end development work with user-centered design.
  • Before joining AD&S, Jason Michel was user experience librarian at Miami University where he tested LibGuides usability, redesigned the library website and developed engaging digital exhibits.

MAPS programs support management, leadership skills

Submitted by Erica Jonak:  The Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) Program offers training seminars that build management and leadership skills. In support of professional development, University Libraries has once again purchased a membership to the MAPS Program for the upcoming year.

The 2017-2018 MAPS Seminar Schedule is available on the Document Registry at: and online at:

For more information or to register, contact Christine OConnell, Administrative Associate II for University Libraries, at Supervisor approval is required prior to registration.

CarmenWiki Training August 24

Submitted by Sue Beck:  Do you want to know more about CarmenWiki?

On Thursday, August 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Thompson Room 150, Michelle Henley will provide a crash course in how to wiki. We’ll discuss how to create content, collaborate with colleagues, and much more.

Please join us, and we’ll look at some real examples of how people use CarmenWiki, and explore how it can be a great tool for your content creation and collaboration.

August 17 Webinar: Make and Use Open Resources with Tools and Support from the Affordable Learning Exchange

Submitted by Beth Snapp:  Thursday, August 17, 12- 1 p.m.
Online Registration Link:

In this webinar, Mike Shiflet from ODEE’s Affordable Learning Exchange will describe and demonstrate ways to incorporate open materials and digital publishing activities in online and hybrid courses at Ohio State. Learn how to customize and regain ownership of your course materials and save students money (and ensure they can all afford to take part) by finding and using high-quality OER. Learn how to create engaging authentic assignments by framing them as collaborative, multi-media publications – without needing to know how to code or even what HTML stands for.

In addition, the ALX team will describe how to apply for the latest round of ALX Grants (RFPs due 9/8/2017<>), which provide recipients with financial and project support for exemplary projects. 

Universal Design for Learning/Accessibility Virtual Think Tank: August 16

Wednesday, August 16, 12-1 p.m. 


-Challenge #1: Empowering conference/workshop/lecture facilitators to create universally designed content in accessible formats. (Amber Sherman, Programming Chair for Ohio State’s Innovate Conference).
-Challenge #2: Finding the best and most efficient ways to make content accessible. (Rahim Abdi, Ohio State’s Accessibility Analyst)
-Challenge #3: Finding and using research to support the value of universal design. (Eric Moore, University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Universal Design for Learning Specialist.)

This event will use a virtual collaboration tool called Zoom. Please use access information below.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,,273525578# or +16465588656,,273525578#
Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 273 525 5
International numbers available:

Jessica Phillips, Office of Distance Education and eLearning


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