Planned maintenance for HR and student systems this weekend

Planned maintenance with additional downtime begins Saturday (9/23) at 5 p.m. for PeopleSoft Human Resources and Buckeye Link (Campus Solutions/Student Information System). Affected services include Employee Self Service, Student Center functions accessed through Buckeye Link and Faculty Center. Other applications, such as eTime and eLeave, and the Ohio State app will not be affected.

All services resume Sunday (9/24) at 11 a.m.

Questions should be directed to the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or though Self Service. Please reference change number CHG0026302.

Welcome: Sean Moodie

Submitted by Erica Jonak:  Sean Moodie joins University Libraries September 25 as Production Assistant in Publishing Services.  In this role, Sean will perform publishing services across multiple software platforms on multiple simultaneous projects.  Production work will include submitting content, creating metadata, layout editing, author proofing workflows, and scheduling and supervising the production work of student assistants.

Sean is a 2017 graduate of Ohio State, with a bachelor in History of Art.  He previously worked at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum as a digital imaging specialist.  Sean also was a Collections and Exhibitions intern at The Columbus Museum of Art.

Please welcome Sean to the Libraries!

Ninth Annual Preview Night Thursday, October 19

Submitted by Jolie Braun:  Rare Books and Manuscripts Library’s Ninth Annual Preview Night will showcase recent acquisitions from the 12th through the 21st centuries.
The program and reception are Thursday, October 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the Thompson Library Creighton Reading Room.

The event is free and open to the public.

“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

Passings: Vera Enesey

Submitted by Morag Boyd:  Former University Libraries colleague Vera Enesey passed away September 14. She retired from OSUL this spring after 50 years of dedicated service as a cataloger. Vera will be missed by her many colleagues.

Vera’s funeral mass will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Upper Arlington Thursday, September 21 at 11 a.m.

Vera’s obituary is available here:\\

Published: Chris Younkin

Chris Younkin recently had an article about the University Libraries published in the Buckeye Parent, a Parent and Family Relations’ newsletter. The article reinforces the “start with us” message Teaching and learning has been sharing with incoming students and their families at orientations this summer.

You can read the article here: .

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.

For more information:

Call for Librarian Participation

Submitted by Diana Ramey:  Note: We’ve made changes based on your feedback. These are communicated at the end of this call for participation.

Students in the Libraries’ online credit course, “Arts & Sciences 2120,” need to meet with a librarian to conduct a 20-30 minute interview as one of their assignments. These interviews are scheduled according to your availability during a four-week period in the course. The assignment is intended to help students gain a more nuanced understanding of best practices for conducting research online. We need as many of you as are willing to participate in this to do so!

What you do:

  • Tell us how many interviews you are willing to do during Session 1 (8/29-9/25) and/or Session 2 (10/24-11/20) of Fall 2017
  • Respond to individual student(s) when they contact you via email to coordinate a meeting time. (i.e, you don’t need to start this process.) Students will be emailing their assigned librarians between 8/23-8/28 for Session 1 and 10/17-10/23 for Session 2.
  • Spend 20-30 minutes responding to student interview questions (there are seven questions).This can be done in person (preferably) or by phone (if need be).
  • Let us know if one of the students who is assigned to you does not exhibit professional behavior (i.e. unprofessional emails, doesn’t show up to interview or cancels at the last minute). More information will be shared if you volunteer.

 What we do:

  • Provide the student with your email address so he/she can begin the process of setting up the appointment.
  • Provide you with a list of questions that we know the students will ask (they devise two of their own). These are questions that all librarians will be able to answer, regardless of the area of the library in which you work. In fact, the diversity of positions is very instructional for our students!
  • Thank you profusely for your participation!

Your feedback matters!

We’ve made some changes to the course based on the feedback that we’ve received from many of you. Students will now be given a grade for professional behavior. If you volunteer to participate, we will send you information about how to report unprofessional behavior. If your students behave professionally (which, of course, we hope that they do!), you will not need to report that.

Thanks so much, and please indicate your willingness here!

We look forward to hearing from librarians who have not participated in this activity previously as well as those who have! If you have questions, please contact Amanda Folk or Beth Black.

September 18: “Till the Boys Come Home: World War I’s impact

Submitted by Kevlin Haire:  

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, panelists will discuss facets of the war’s violence on the battlefields and against ordinary citizens, including the simultaneous influenza epidemic of 1918 and the monumental effect of both crises on Ohio State’s campus. The panelists are: Bruno Cabanes, Professor of History; George Paulson, Professor Emeritus of Neurology; and Tamar Chute, Professor and University Archivist.  A Q & A session will follow, and light refreshments will be served.   

Sponsored by Ohio Staters Inc. and The Ohio State University Libraries, the event takes place Monday, September 18, 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 165 of the Thompson Library. 

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