Faculty Honors & Awards Reception August 17

You are cordially invited to the University Libraries 2016-2017 Faculty Honors & Awards Reception on Thursday, August 17, 3-4:30 p.m.

This year’s event will honor Tamar Chute, Caitlin McGurk, Daniel Noonan and Wendy Pflug.

The reception will be held at the Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room, 11th floor.

Darnelle Melvin accepts position at UNLV

Submitted by Morag Boyd:  Darnelle Melvin will be leaving OSUL on August 24, 2017 to become the Special Collections Metadata Librarian at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In his new role at UNLV University Libraries, Darnelle will be a tenure-track librarian charged with ensuring Special Collections digital assets will be discoverable.

Darnelle joined OSUL in September 2015 in the two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program. The program started in 1989 to assist graduates in making a successful transition to academic research librarianship and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. Darnelle has made the most of his experience as a Resident, serving in the position of Metadata Transformation Librarian.

As a vital contributor to Digital Collections, Darnelle has had something to do with almost all of the 40,000 items in DC! He worked both independently and with many colleagues to develop efficient workflows to migrate or batch ingest new content in the DC. He also suggested and tested new functionality for the system. In keeping with the goals of the program, Darnelle has leveraged his experience into other areas of research librarianship. He and Dan Noonan have presented on this work at several conferences, including Digital Library Federation and Society of Ohio Archivists. Darnelle is also active in professional service, most notably as program co-chair for the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group.

Good luck to Darnelle, and we look forward to seeing his career progress.

Spot Bonus: Randall McKenzie

Randall McKenzie/HR has been awarded a spot bonus for his work in supporting the 2017 summer internship pilot with the Expanding Visions Foundation.

On short notice, Randall stepped in to coordinate the interview and selection process for the candidates; ensured all five interns were able to complete required paperwork with OHR, and led the onboarding efforts once the interns arrived on campus.  Even though Randall was not a supervisor or mentor, he continued to support the program, serving as a back-up when an intern’s supervisor was absent.

Presentations: Joe Marino

Joseph Marino made two presentations at a Shroud of Turin conference in Washington state July 19-22.  The presentations were titled “Politics of the Shroud C-14 Dating” and “Invisible Reweave on the Shroud:  Evidence For.”

New Public Program and Event Planning Form

Submitted by Quanetta Batts:  As promised in the general meetings this week, we have finalized the new Public Program and Event Planning Form:


Please fill out this form if you would like to organize a program/event to be hosted, sponsored, or co-sponsored by the Libraries. Be sure to review our co-sponsorship guidelines prior to completing this form and keep in mind that OSUL sponsored programs should align with an OSUL strategic initiative, align with a campus initiative, provide support for an underserved community, and/or present a unique opportunity to highlight our collections or services.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call: 614-688-1518.

Autumn Student Hiring

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:  Supervisors can enter HR Action requests for Autumn semester student hires now, even if the student won’t begin working until the start of the semester.

Important Dates:

  • July 25: -First day students newly enrolled in Autumn semester can work with Library funding.
  • August 2: -Last day students who graduated Spring semester can work in student employment. Please remember to submit a termination HR Action request at end of employment.
  • August 20: -First day students can work with FWS funding for Autumn semester. Please remember to submit a hire HR Action request with a completed FWS Referral Form to initiate FWS funding changes.
  • You can view additional student employment dates throughout the year on the student employment calendar.

Are you looking for Federal Work Study students? Do you have trouble finding student applicants? Libraries’ Human Resources is currently planning autumn semester recruitment activities. If you will be hiring students for autumn semester the time to act is now! Please let us know for which jobs you will be hiring, how many students you need to hire, and if you will be looking for Federal Work Study students. We can begin advertising on the library student jobs website and also include the information in our outreach efforts.

Contact Randall at mckenzie.87@osu.edu for more information. 

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  

Job Posting: Prgm Asst, Special Collections

Submitted by Kristin Gall:

Description: The Program Assistant for Special Collections organizes and coordinates operations, procedures, and resources that facilitate collaboration, streamlining, and efficient customer service in Thompson Library Special Collections (THO SC); provides operational support services for the Thompson Library Special Collections Head, curators, staff, visiting scholars, and other patrons.

This position is responsible for administrative support, calendaring and scheduling, correspondence, database entry and management, invoice creation and completion, e-requests, supply ordering, acquisition order submission, event coordination support, donor and stewardship support, equipment inventory and maintenance, and is the first contact for visitors and incoming calls. Some evening and weekend hours required.

This position is a 2-year term position. Please be aware that travel reimbursement and relocation assistance will not be offered with this position.

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Humanities, or Arts or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experience with MS Word and Excel; detail-oriented; excellent planning and organizing skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Desired qualifications: Experience in an academic library or large institution setting; experience working in non-profit organizations and customer service; knowledge of University policies, rules, regulations, and fiscal procedures; knowledge of TAS (The Advancement Systems) or other customer relation management database.

Please apply online at http://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/80224 from July 22 through July 30, 2017.

Job Posting: 18th Avenue Library CR Stacks Manager (Library Associate 2)

Submitted by Kristin Gall: 

Description: Responsible for processing and maintenance of the 18th Avenue Library Reserves Collection. The 18th Avenue Library reserves are the 2nd largest reserves in the library system and the collection includes print and other equipment for loan; manages book stacks maintenance and weekly paging and re-shelving operations for the library. Provides collection support; hires, trains, and supervises student employees; acts as primary back up for circulation desk operations and support for other operations as necessary; performs other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent certificate; 600 hours of training in library practices and procedures (or six months of experience); 100 hours of training in management/supervision (or one month of experience); or equivalent.

Desired qualifications: Ohio Link and/or Sierra experience; personal computing experience including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; excellent communication skills and attention to detail; At least six months of direct customer service experience.

Please apply online at http://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/80221 from July 22 through July 30, 2017.

Discovery Project Update

Submitted on behalf of Michelle Henley:  As we enter the third quarter of 2017, a new phase of the Discovery Redesign Project has begun.

Read more about the project on the IT Blog: https://library.osu.edu/blogs/it/discovery-project-update/\\

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