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Management Committee September 20 Recording and Notes Available

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

The recording and notes from the September 20 Management Committee are now available for viewing in Sharepoint.

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Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

Spot Bonus: Halm and Kramer

Emma Halm and Hannah Kramer have each received spot bonus awards for their extraordinary efforts while working at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM).

In October 2021, Emma started her role at BICLM, assisting with the library reading room. Unexpectedly, her direct supervisor took a leave of absence that started on her first day of work and lasted for five months. In addition, BICLM’s other key public services staff member retired in November. As a result of these absences, Emma assumed additional tasks and responsibilities far beyond the scope of her original position description, including day-to-day training and supervision of student employees and their projects, overseeing patron services in the reading room, managing reference requests and photocopy orders and assisting with preparing materials for classes and tours. Her willingness to undertake these challenges made it possible for BICLM to keep the reading room open and to continue to provide excellent service to users despite staffing shortages. Emma extended research appointments beyond BICLM’s very limited pandemic hours for out-of-town users so that they could complete their research. She also volunteered to work shifts in the museum galleries, including weekends, to compensate for a shortage of security staff. Her contributions made a tremendous positive impact on staff, student employees and users, including faculty, students and scholars from around the world. 

Hannah is being recognized for her work involving Uncatalogued Collections Organization Project at BICLM. This project is an outstanding achievement beyond the original scope of her position. During Emma’s six-month temporary position, she used her past student employee experience with BICLM to complete a massive project involving organizing, sorting and reviewing uncatalogued books and serials. She demonstrated incredible attention to detail, maintained clear, thoughtful and direct communication of the project needs and garnered support and enthusiasm from the staff.  Emma collaborated with curators, catalogers and staff to refine the project needs and scope, culminating in the organization of over 10,000 items. The effect of her exceptional work has been immediate and will make a huge impact on BICLM’s ability to steward these materials, to manage the cataloging backlog, and to facilitate moving them through the cataloging workflow so they can be made available to researchers. For the first time, BICLM has a count of uncatalogued materials that will help them in their planning. The BICLM team is tremendously grateful for Emma’s dedication to the collections, to the team and to this project. 

Please join us in congratulating the recipients on their well-deserved awards!

Professional Development & Organizational Learning Signature Event Next Week!

Submitted by Ash Faulkner:

Please join us for our first Professional Development & Organizational Learning Signature Event on October 5, 2022 from 11. a.m.-noon. At this fully virtual “fireside chat,” a moderator will discuss career growth and advice with Alison Armstrong and Lisa Patton-Glinski. Our ADs will discuss topics like the most pivotal moments in their own career trajectories, advice for others considering career advancement, their particular experiences in different roles and different organizations, and more! Questions will be taken from the audience as well so if you’re interested in learning more about staff or faculty advancements, both at Ohio State and beyond, join us for a conversation with LPG and Alison!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 963 3119 2910
Password: 705756

Published: Meris Longmeier

Meris Longmeier has recently published a co-authored article related to a National Science Foundation: Advancing Informal STEM Learning grant titled “Consider ‘HACKS’ when designing hackathon challenges: Hook, action, collaborative knowledge sharing” in Frontiers in Education: Digital Education.

Our world’s complex challenges increase the need for those entering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) disciplines to be able to creatively approach and collaboratively address wicked problems – complex problems with no “right” answer that span disciplines. Hackathons are environments that leverage problem-based learning practices so student teams can solve problems creatively and collaboratively by developing a solution to given challenges using engineering and computer science knowledge, skills, and abilities. The purpose of this paper is to offer a framework for interdisciplinary hackathon challenge development, as well as provide resources to aid interdisciplinary teams in better understanding the context and needs of a hackathon to evaluate and refine hackathon challenges. Three cohorts of interdisciplinary STEAM researchers were observed and interviewed as they collaboratively created a hackathon challenge incorporating all cohort-member disciplines for an online high school hackathon. The observation data and interview transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis to distill the processes cohorts underwent and resources that were necessary for successfully creating a hackathon challenge. Through this research we found that the cohorts worked through four sequential stages as they collaborated to create a hackathon challenge. We detail the stages and offer them as a framework for future teams who seek to develop an interdisciplinary hackathon challenge. Additionally, we found that all cohorts lacked the knowledge and experience with hackathons to make fully informed decisions related to the challenge’s topic, scope, outcomes, etc. In response, this manuscript offers five hackathon quality considerations and three guiding principles for challenge developers to best meet the needs and goals of hackathon sponsors and participants.

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Updates and Reminders About Events in Thompson Library

Submitted by Quanetta Batts:

The fall semester is in full swing, and we are busy hosting in-person, virtual and hybrid events with rental customers, student groups and our Libraries colleagues.  

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind if you are hosting an event:

  • Rooms should be used as-is until further notice. If you need to rearrange the furniture, please be sure you reset the room before you leave.  
  • If you are hosting a hybrid event, we recommend using room 150, 165 or 305D for the best experience. Please work with IT to determine how to manage virtual access for your event. 
  • The O&E team will continue to support event logistics, set up Zoom webinars and add event information to our website.  
  • If you are hosting a public event, please complete the Public Program Planning Form at least two weeks prior to your event. Completing the form will also trigger support from Marketing & Communications. 

Please note: The ADs are working with IT to test the technology in meeting rooms in Thompson Library. IT will send a separate communication regarding our ability to support hybrid meetings in the future. 

Larson Named 2022-23 Open Education Network Fellow

Submitted by Amanda Folk:

We are excited to announce that Amanda Larson will be the Open Education Network (OEN) 2022 – 2023 Fellow,developing our Open Pedagogy Action Pathway. Amanda will be creating the faculty learning circle program, including facilitating OEN-wide faculty learning circles focused on open pedagogical practices and developing training for OEN members to run their own learning circles.

In her role as Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, Amanda Larson creates professional development opportunities for staff, librarians and instructors around open pedagogy and open educational practices. She also liaises with the Affordable Learning Exchange where she supports strategic planning, grant project management and the development of curricular resources. She holds a Master of Literature from Eastern Michigan University and Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

New Name for SAC Mentorship Program

Submitted by Sarah Collier:

Over the summer, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) began discussions about rebranding the SAC Mentorship Program to be more in line with the intended purpose of the program, which is to welcome newly hired staff to Libraries and be a friendly face as they learn to navigate working here. Moving forward, the Mentorship Program will now be known as the University Libraries Welcome Program.

We are asking current staff to volunteer to be partnered with new staff hires. The time commitment is 6 months to 1 year. As a Welcome Partner, you will:

  • Explain the organizational structure.
  • Introduce new staff to other staff/faculty.
  • Arrange for visits to other library locations outside the building you work in.
  • Explain the Staff Advisory Council’s structure and what role it plays.
  • Talk about employee recognition programs.
  • Describe communication resources like NewsNotes and listservs.
  • Be a general resource for questions.

Theresa and Sarah also have plans to hold an exciting group event every month that all paired Welcome Partners will be invited to.

If you would like to volunteer for the new Libraries Welcome Program, please reach out to Sarah Collier (collier.330) or Theresa Cavin (cavin.41).


Spot Bonus: Neno and Robbins

Mary Neno and Julian Robbins have each received spot bonus awards for their extraordinary efforts involving the Libraries Collections Disaster Management program.

From July 2021 through June 2022, an interdepartmental group worked on the acquisition, preparation and distribution of collections disaster equipment and supplies, as well as the development of training materials and communications for the revised program. Mary purchased a variety of equipment and supplies to outfit refurbished Miscellaneous Emergency Supply Source Kits and three Collections Emergency Hubs, work that became very complicated due to the supply chain issues that occurred during the pandemic. Student Assistant Julian assisted in labeling, preparing and distributing all of the equipment and supplies across Libraries locations. 

Please join us in congratulating the recipients on their well-deserved awards!

Job Posting: Chinese Cataloging Associate

Submitted by Sabrina Blocker:

University Libraries is launching the recruitment efforts for the Chinese Cataloging Associate role reporting to Andy Kier. Please find the position description and job link below.

We are asking for your help with active recruiting! If you know of someone that may be qualified and interested in this role, please share the job posting. You can also use one of the email templates we have created to share with organizations or associations you are involved in.

If you know of a candidate that is interested in the role, please ensure they apply for the position and send their information to Human Resources.

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Information Session: Open Access Publishing Agreements

Submitted by Maureen Walsh:

Ohio State corresponding authors can publish Open Access articles at no cost to them under the agreements University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library have with several major publishers.

To learn more about our current Open Access publishing agreements with Wiley, Cambridge University Press, PLOS, Taylor & Francis and the Royal Society, please join us for a virtual session we are offering for Libraries faculty and staff (University Libraries, Health Sciences Library, Law Library and regional campus libraries). We will provide an overview of each publisher agreement and the benefits of each. We will answer questions you may have about our agreements and Open Access publishing.

Open Access Agreements Information Session for Library Faculty and Staff
Thursday, October 6 
2-2:50 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 942 6484 4329
Password: 524219

Please contact us at with any questions about our Open Access publishing agreements.

Information about our Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Economy Initiative is available on the Transforming Scholarly Publishing @ Ohio State home page.

Gene Springs, Collections Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
Maureen Walsh, Scholarly Sharing Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
Co-Leads, Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Economy Initiative

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