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“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.

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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.

“Situated Learning in the Library: Using Reference Services to extend Teaching and Learning” webinar April 25

Submitted by Nick Wilkenson:  Interested in exploring the intersection of teaching and learning and reference services? Join us for a public viewing of ALA’s “Situated Learning in the Library: Using Reference Services to Extend Teaching and Learning”  webinar. This webinar will assist in building strategies to improve both teaching and reference interactions by viewing both activities as part of the same instructional continuum.

The viewing will be held Tuesday, April 25, 1-2 p.m., in 18th Avenue Library, Room 070. No registration is required, so feel free to drop in. Additional time for discussion has been booked after.

This webinar will be available as a recorded session for any unable to make this viewing. If you would like to recommend another public viewing, or have a direct link to view this individually, please contact Nick Wilkenson .

USAC to host REACH Training

Submitted by Lila Andersen:  On Wednesday, April 19, from 8:30-10 a.m.,  USAC will host a REACH Training session (OSU Suicide Prevention training program) at the Thompson Library, Room 150, open to any staff member.

Please RSVP to Trina Beebe at if you wish to participate.

“Cooperative Advantages: The Benefits of Scale and Partnerships for Effective Stored Print Operations” April 20

International expert and consultant on shared print programs and high density storage operations Jacob Nadal will visit the Libraries and offer his views on scale and partnership in the management of print collections at 2 p.m. in Thompson Library, Room 150A, on Thursday, April 20.

Jacob Nadal is the Executive Director of ReCAP: The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, a partnership among Columbia University, The New York Public Library, Princeton University, and Harvard University. ReCAP manages over 14 million items in a highly optimized preservation environment and delivers materials to hundreds of thousands of researchers each year. Mr. Nadal has led preservation programs at major US research libraries and serves as an advisor to the several national print archives planning groups, including the HathiTrust and Ivy Plus; to preservation initiatives including the Library of Congress’ National Digital Stewardship Residency and Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program; and he serves on the board of the US Committee of the Blue Shield, which works with affiliates around the world to protect cultural heritage materials in the face of armed conflict or natural disaster.

Mr. Nadal received his BA from University of Puget Sound and his MLS from Indiana University.

Manager Development Conference Update

We received an incredible response to the manager conference from across the university. For this first conference, we have a limit of 100 participants. We will confirm with the first 100 people who registered that they will be able to attend, and turn to the wait list to fill any seats that become available.

We invite you to peruse the leadership/management development section on our Gateway to Learning website for additional information, classes and resources. Popular manager resources on G2L include “Strategies for Great Managers,” “Developing Your Employees,” and these resources for difficult conversations:

Gateway to Learning – Difficult Conversations
   • 8-minute video with tips for handing challenging conversations
   • 8-minute guided meditation to help you prepare for a difficult conversation

New resources will be coming shortly. Since there is much interest in the conference theme of influence, we will post resources on this important topic.

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