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Published: Ann Hidalgo

Submitted by Amanda Folk:

Ann Hidalgo, Mary P. Key Resident for Teaching & Learning, recently had a piece of music published in the book Voices from the Ancestors: Xicanx and Latinx Expressions and Healing Practices from the University of Arizona Press.

Information about the book can be found here:

Ann Hidalgo

Job Posting: Communications and Marketing Consultant

Submitted by Brittany Steingass:

Works closely with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication to develop and implement relevant, audience-centric marketing and communications initiatives that drive awareness of the breadth and depth of the people, services and resources University Libraries provides. This role will implement strategic, audience-centric communications and marketing including public relations, print and graphic media, video and web communications, digital and social media, and media support for special events.

Measures and reports performance of marketing campaigns, assessing against goals. Collaborates with the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications to set campaign goals aligned with strategy and, after campaigns, identify trends and insights to inform future efforts. Work proactively to cultivate media relationships in order to reach earned media objectives. Researches, writes, edits and distributes press releases and news items. Oversees the production of marketing materials from conception to completion. Implements both Ohio State and University Libraries’ style, voice and tone and brand standards. Creates and edits copy for promotional materials to leverage brand recognition. Develops speeches, presentations and talking points as needed. Supervises the graphic designer to accomplish marketing goals. Directs student employees in the execution of the marketing and advertising materials and the supporting activities, as well as perform special projects and other job duties as assigned. Represents University Libraries on appropriate University level committees. Develops collaborative relationships with other university units to leverage interdisciplinary engagement and to promote and advance University Libraries and university goals. All other duties as assigned.

Consistently demonstrates commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship ( as well as dedication to advance the work of Planning and Administration.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience in marketing and communications environment. 5-7 years of experience in the marketing and communications field including the successful management of multi-channel marketing and communications campaigns. Ability to successfully manage and prioritize multiple projects. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and innovatively in a collaborative and complex environment with multiple stakeholder audiences. Production management experience. Strong writing skills paired with the ability to generate both digital and print content. Ability to analyze data, measure against established benchmarks and make recommendations accordingly. Efficient vendor and budget management. Proven ability to create and implement targeted, paid media campaigns. Proficiency in AP writing style. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products. Self-directed with excellent interpersonal and verbal communications skills. Experience managing multiple organizational social media accounts.

Desired Qualifications: Understanding of dynamic email marketing campaigns and platforms. Experience with Google Analytics and content management systems. Adobe Creative Cloud experience.

For more information and how to apply please visit:

Curator’s Tour of “Scarlet and Gray” October 7

Submitted by Ken Aschliman:

Join University Archivist Tamar Chute for a guided tour of her exhibition Scarlet and Gray. The tour will be Monday, October 7, from 11 a.m. – noon in the Thompson Library Gallery.

Tamar Chute

Scarlet and Gray: The Student Experience, a free exhibition pulled from the University Archives, celebrates the shared past that exemplifies The Ohio State University’s memorable history. The exhibit includes artifacts highlighting fascinating and everyday moments of student life on campus.

Scarlet and Gray

Standing “O”vation award nominees

Submitted by Christine OConnell:

Standing “O”vation awards recognize individuals or teams whose work reflects University Libraries’ values and advances our strategic directions.  Our value EQUITY and the strategic direction INVEST IN PEOPLE were the focus of this year’s pilot recognition program.  Nominations were made for the Rock Star (individual) or Team Awesome (group) categories.

Congratulations to all our nominees.  Whether you are a Rock Star or part of Team Awesome, thank you for the work you do to support University Libraries.

Our Rock Stars
Leigh Bonds, Morag Boyd, Allison DeVito, Patti Dittoe, Amy McCrory, Sean Moodie, Lisa Patton-Glinski, Maria Scheid, Maureen Walsh

Team Awesome!
Stephen Cassidy, Sandra Enimil, Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Marcela Estevez, Amanda Folk, Karen Glenn, Erica Jonak, Ryan Langhurst, Amy McCrory, Stacy McKenna, Brian Miller, Nicole Miller, Ashleigh Minor, Dan Noonan, Tracey Overbey, Hanna Primeau, Elaine Pritchard, Cate Putirski, Gene Springs, Jennifer Vinopal, Audrey Wimbiscus

Archival Description and Access Coordinator

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

The Archival Description & Access unit is part of the Acquisitions & Discovery Program area at Ohio State University Libraries. The unit is responsible for collaborating primarily with colleagues in the Distinctive Collections & Digital Programs division, as well as other divisions throughout Libraries, to perform and support a comprehensive array of archival technical services activities (including, but not limited to: accessioning; processing; creating, remediating, and maintaining archival description; creating and maintaining appropriate materials housing; facilitating storage and retrieval of materials; and other supporting activities). In collaboration with the unit lead, the Archival Description & Access Coordinator directs and/or supports work in all areas of unit responsibility.

The Coordinator utilizes knowledge and experience built through prior demonstrated success performing high-level and complex archival arrangement and description work to assume leadership, project management, and execution of the unit’s most complex projects and workflows. The Coordinator collaborates with other unit staff to identify areas of need in each program, and successfully manages resources (including knowledge/training, space, supplies, and student support) to ensure that the complex and fluctuating priorities of the unit are consistently completed with a high degree of accuracy and exemplify current standards and best practices of the archival profession. The Coordinator further collaborates with critical partners outside of the unit to ensure that workflows crossing unit lines are completed with the highest level of efficiency for all impacted units, while also ensuring that needs external to the unit are successfully met and supported by internal unit operations.

The Coordinator is responsible for identifying, building, managing, and executing multiple queues of complex archival technical services projects; leading and executing selected major logistical operations and workflows for and on behalf of the unit; leading student employment operations for the unit; and providing overall continuity and support for the unit in collaboration with the unit lead. The Coordinator demonstrates ongoing commitment to the highly collaborative environment of the unit by participating in and/or leading unit peer review programs, providing training and skill development for colleagues and student employees, and flexibly partnering with colleagues on projects from all program areas. The Coordinator directly supervises undergraduate and/or graduate student employees and interns and may supervise one or more staff employees. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; three years of full-time experience in positions with significant focus on archival arrangement and description. Significant demonstrable experience accurately applying archival theory, archival best practices, and archival standards (DACS, EAD, etc.). Prior supervision of students/interns/volunteers/equivalent, preferably performing archival arrangement and description tasks. Demonstrated ability to follow complex guidelines or workflows with a high degree of accuracy (90%+ accuracy on the first pass). Ability to lift 40 lbs. and push a cart weighing up to 80 lbs. with or without a reasonable accommodation. Ability to work occasionally in archival storage conditions where temperatures are approximately 62 degrees F. Valid driver’s license and successful completion of motor vehicle background check.

Desired qualifications: Diverse archival arrangement and description experience, including experience working with collections of many sizes, formats, and complexities, and completing various types of archival work (accessioning, processing, archival description creation/migration/remediation, etc.). Prior supervision of staff, preferably performing archival arrangement and description tasks. Experience writing or editing EAD.

Please apply online at from September 21, 2019 through October 6, 2019.

September departures: Glenn, Kucharska, Visel, Allen

Several colleagues are leaving University Libraries during September.

Karen Glenn

Karen Glenn,  Archival Description Coordinator, is leaving her position on September 27.  Karen started with the Libraries in September 2014 as a Special Collections program assistant.

Patrick Visel, Middle East Studies Program Assistant, is retiring September 27.  Patrick began his library career in October 1990.

Nora Kucharska, East European and Slavic Studies Program Assistant, is retiring on September 30.  Nora began her work with University Libraries in  in February 1992.

Eleonora Kucharska

As previously reported, Communications Manager Larry Allen is retiring on September 27, after 15 years with the Libraries in that role.

We wish our co-workers all the best as they move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Restroom air dryers

Submitted by Aaron Heil:

The restrooms at the Thompson and 18th Avenue libraries were recently equipped with hand dryers, replacing the paper towel dispensers.  This change is part of a Columbus Campus initiative supported by the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability and will be carried out in 36 campus buildings when completed. 

Paper towel waste represents up to 8.5% of university’s total annual landfill waste load. Since the Thompson Library was one of the largest contributors of paper towel trash going into the landfill, it was chosen to be on the first group of buildings retrofitted with hand dryers.  Paper towel and toilet paper waste from the two libraries represented 12% of the landfill waste generated by the entire campus.  The average paper towel usage at Thompson was 214 pounds per day.  After installation of the air dryers, the paper towel weight dropped to 14 pounds per day.

In 2015, the Council on Sustainability set a comprehensive set of world-leading, ambitious goals to address Ohio State’s footprint. With the adoption of the Sustainability Goals, the university committed to diverting 90% of waste away from landfills by 2025. This goal will be achieved through expanding recycling, composting, and reuse of materials. The university also is looking upstream at the items we purchase to reduce the types of waste we bring onto the campus.  

Adjustments will continue to be made to ensure the best performance of the hand dryers.  In addition, toe pulls have been installed on the interior side of the restroom doors, enabling users to open the doors without touching the door handle, if so desired.

If you have any questions regarding the dryers, please contact Aaron Heil.


Office move for Kapil Vasudev

Submitted by Deidra Herring:

Please note that Kapil has relocated from 255B to his new office space in 250B on the second floor.

Artist’s Book Open House @ Fine Arts Library September 24

Submitted by Courtney Hunt:

The Fine Arts Library will host an open house of artist’s books, showcasing works from the Fine Arts Library’s own collection in addition to selections from the Rare Books & Manuscripts Library on September 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We will have out new acquisitions as well as old favorites. Join us as we consider the form and function of the artist’s book. There will also be an interactive station, with materials and some guidance available for participants to make something of their own.

Discover Improvements for September 19, 2019

Submitted by Michelle Henley:

Get the latest information about scheduled improvements to Discover in the Libraries’ Information Technology blog::

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