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Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros Named One of Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40

Congratulations to Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, who was recently named one of the 2021 class of Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40! 

The Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40 recognizes our region’s “best and brightest young community leaders.” Pamela was selected for this award out of a record number of 253 nominations in 2021. 

The 29th annual 40 Under 40 event will be held as a virtual awards presentation on Thursday, May 27.  The 2021 Class will also be showcased in the May 28 issue of Columbus Business First.

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Tamar Chute Elected President of Midwest Archives Conference

Tamar Chute was recently elected president of the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC). MAC is one of the nation’s largest regional professional associations for archivists. Founded in 1972, MAC now has more than 800 individual members. MAC’s institutional members include a variety of corporate, government, religious and university archives, as well as historical societies and other manuscripts repositories and special collections. In this role, Tamar will be the principal executive officer of the Conference and will preside at all council, annual business and membership meetings, among other duties.

Congratulations to Tamar on this well-deserved honor!

Theatre Research Institute wins Thomas DeGaetani Award

Submitted by Beth Kattelman:

The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute has been named the 2021 recipient of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) Thomas DeGaetani Award. The award is given in honor of Thomas DeGaetani, first president of USITT, for contributions to the performing arts community in a particular region of the country. Beth Kattelman and Nena Couch accepted the award earlier this month at USITT’s virtual conference.


Kudos: Bierman, Halm, Robb, McGurk, Scott, Stiles, Henman, Centeno

From Susan Liberator: A huge kudos to BICLM Students, Brenna Bierman and Emma Halm, for creating the first ever BICLM video tutorials on how to search the BICLM databases! While teleworking, they developed scripts, navigated video recording programs and were able to produce tools to help patrons search the collections. Jenny Robb, Caitlin McGurk, and Marilyn Scott provided timely feedback so that we were able to refine/edit the scripts. Anna Stiles was a huge help by providing friendly support, finalizing the videos and creating access for our patrons. Thank you all!

From Morris LevyJen Henman recently completed a telework project for which she corrected 1,500 bibliographic records in Sierra with missing or incorrect publication dates. She diligently reviewed every bib record and suggested replacement date and prevented one error being replaced by another on many occasions. Thanks to her work, these records are now included in a search that employs a date limit.

From Danny Dotson: Thanks to Miriam Centeno for joining the Great Lakes Science Boot Camp virtual chat about reopening libraries – it was super helpful to have someone dealing with policies around collections so we have some specifics!

Kudos: OConnell, Reese, Cox

From Karla StriebChristine OConnell made time with no notice to format a letter for me as I was going into a meeting. I had it back and ready to go on it’s way in under ten minutes so that I could send it out in the few minutes between the subsequent meetings. Thanks Christine for making me look so good.

From Sean Moodie: We have a lot of gratitude for the work that Terry Reese and Gary Cox did in order to have a temporary remote computer and the necessary system authorizations in place for Skye McEowen’s first day of work, and for working with Skye to get a University Libraries laptop delivered soon after. Because of their efforts and the swift turnaround time, the technology was in place immediately, which is critical in our current telework environment. Thank you, Terry and Gary! Your help made the technology part of the onboarding process seamless.

Kudos: Higgins, McKenzie, Beach, McClung, Cramer, Leeper, Chan, Braun, Buckey, Klose

From Lila Andersen: Over the past few weeks, Julie Higgins has been a critical source of information as I’ve work on a couple of projects. She was available for on-the-spot conversations via Skype and Zoom and followed up with me to ensure I had everything I needed. I really appreciated the time she took to assist, her accessibility, her patience and general positive attitude.

From Christina Adams and Rachel Schreier: Big thanks to everyone who helped with the Rudolph Student Book Award Scholarship. Randall McKenzie, Kathryn Beach and Julie Higgins were so helpful to us as we tried to figure out how this award was paid out in the past and how we should handle payment this year, Pam McClung and Casey Cramer made a fabulous flyer for us to share, Anna Leeper helped publish a story about our winner and edited our award letter, Sara Chan shared so many of her resources and both Sara and Jolie Braun voluntarily sat on our review panel and provided us with excellent feedback and suggestions for how to improve the award process in the future. Thank you all!

From Jenny Robb: A slightly belated kudos to Warren Buckey for his AV assistance throughout BICLM’s French Comics Symposium held February 28+29, 2020. Warren went above and beyond to make sure that all the AV ran smoothly for all the presenters throughout the event, which was an important collaboration between the Libraries and the Department of French and Italian. He helped us to prepare for the event by testing the equipment and meeting with the presenters in advance and he willingly gave up his Friday evening and Saturday. Several presenters commented that this was one of the only conferences they had ever attended that didn’t have technology problems! The symposium was a success and could not have happened without his support. Thanks!

From Karla StriebAnnamarie Klose volunteered last fall to facilitate the Libraries’ group participation in the ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Exchange. Planned as a fully virtual event, the Exchange planning powered through the shift to telework. Anna did a fantastic job organizing participation for the Libraries and many different faculty and staff attended sessions, engaged with online content, and are likely to still watch archives of presentations. Anna excellent leadership and organizing skills made this event a success for many of our colleagues.


Kudos: Leeper, Cramer, McClung, Levy

From Nancy Colvin: I want to say thank you and recognize Casey Cramer, Anna Leeper and Pam McClung. They have quickly adapted to our new telework environment and done all they can to support their colleagues across University Libraries. They’ve tackled every challenge, from developing e-cards and email templates to helping facilitate, promote and share online programming. Instead of saying, “I can’t,” or “I don’t know how,” they’ve researched, experimented, adjusted and made it work. I appreciate their willingness to stretch and learn and the positive energy they bring to their work.

From Jenny Robb: Many thanks to Morris Levy for his work in updating a large number of BICLM library catalog records for a donor project. As a result of his swift response and completion of the project, we were able to more accurately reflect which materials were purchased using an endowment and to better tell our donor about the impact of the gift.

Annual Research Excellence Award Announced

Submitted by Wendy Pflug:

The Committee for Faculty Benefits, Research, and Responsibilities is pleased to announce that Caitlin McGurk is the recipient of the University Libraries Research Excellence Award. 

Congratulations to Caitlin on her article, “Lovers, Enemies, and Friends: The Complex and coded early history of lesbian comic strip characters.” You can access Caitlin’s article at:

Kudos: Little, Gosha, Smock, Miller, Dai, Bernazzoli, Bolin, Dittoe, Devereaux, Lowes, Smith, Founds, Henkaline, Davis, Hernandez, Reese, Lowry, Hidalgo

From Amanda Folk: Teaching & Learning would like to give a huge THANK YOU! to all of our colleagues in University Libraries and at the regional campuses who volunteered for shifts and helped us to offer a completely virtual Reference service in the second half of the spring semester. Because of their support and expertise, we were able to offer expanded service hours, including nights and weekends, to Buckeyes who were now seeking help across the globe and in different time zones. Demand for Reference increased significantly during this time, and we could not have met the needs of our users if it had not been for your support, expertise, and teamwork. We appreciate each of you! Kudos to Brittany Little, David Gosha, Emily Smock, Gwen Short (OARDC Library), Jim Miller, John Dai, Kathy Yoder (ATI Library), Laura Bernazzoli, Laura Miller (OARDC Library), Orie Bolin, Patti Dittoe, Sam Devereaux, Shari Lowes, Zane Smith, Andrea Wittmer (Mansfield Campus Library), Ryan Clouston (Mansfield Campus Library), Stephanie Founds, Kristin Henkaline, Stacey McKenna (Newark Campus Library), Holly Davis, and Nicole Hernandez. 

From Anna Leeper: With the transition to a virtual environment, I’ve had to take on a significant increase in video editing projects. The software I was using was running incredibly slowly, making my job nearly impossible and extremely frustrating. After submitting a ticket, Terry Reese very quickly identified the problem and kindly and patiently explained to me how to solve the issue. The software is now running the way it should. I’m thrilled with Terry’s help, and I am so thankful that he’s enabled us to keep producing video content to engage with University Libraries users in our digital environments!

From Amanda Folk: When we made the shift to teleworking, Cheryl Lowry quickly offered the Student Assistant Training (SAT) program to student employee supervisors as an opportunity for student employees to participate in meaningful telework that is related to educationally purposeful student employment. Typically we would get about 8 student employees participating in iSkills and Workplace Communication in the spring semester. This year we had 50 students enroll in iSkills and 65 students enrolled in Workplace Communication. In order to meet this drastic increase in enrollments, Stephanie Founds and Ann Hidalgo helped Cheryl with grading in the Workplace Communication module. I appreciate all of the work that Cheryl, Stephanie, and Ann put into offering the SAT Program to as many students as possible during the COVID-19 disruption.

Kudos: OConnell, Hammons, Primeau, Ramey, Dotson, Larson, Flierl, Founds, Cramer, Leeper, McGurk, Drozd, Anderson, Davis, Hernandez, Davis, Aihara, Miyazaki

From Rocki StraderChristine OConnell helped me get 24 letters DocuSigned by various writers and returned back to me. And she set them up so quickly that I was easily able to get the letters distributed on time. She was responsive to all my newbie questions about the process, and made my life much easier! Thanks, Christine!

From Amanda FolkJane Hammons, Hanna Primeau, and Diana Ramey worked very quickly to create a useful and comprehensive Keep Teaching LibGuide for our University Libraries colleagues as soon as the COVID-19 disruption to SP20 courses was announced. In addition, they offered their own support and expertise to our colleagues as they quickly needed to change their own teaching plans due to the shift to online-only education.

From Amanda Folk: Realizing that instructors would need quick access to digital learning materials due to the shift in online-only education, Danny Dotson and Amanda Larson worked quickly to update and make available an Affordability LibGuide that Danny had been working on. In addition to highlighting University Libraries’ digital resources (i.e. ebooks, streaming media) and other open educational resources, Danny and Amanda quickly collected and shared the temporary measures that many publishers were taking to ensure access to learning materials. In addition, they also provided information to aid lab instructors in making this transition.

From Amanda Folk: I would like to thank Amanda Larson, Hanna Primeau, and Diana Ramey for being generous with their time and expertise by quickly shifting their focus and working with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) to provide support to Keep Teaching program, which included phone and chat support for students and instructors. I would also like to thank Allison DeVito (ODEE) for supporting Amanda, Hanna, and Diana as they figured out how to use the technology and navigate resources to be successful in this work.

From Amanda FolkMichael Flierl only began overseeing Reference about a month before the University shifted into a telework- and online-only environment. He was still getting acclimated to this new role, including the technology, when he was tasked with shifting Reference to a completely virtual service. Despite that, he was able to quickly mobilize the student employees to make this shift and quickly figured out what needed to be done. Stephanie Founds only joined the organization 2 weeks before we made this shift. Despite that, Stephanie was instrumental in creating schedules and trainings to help the transition to a completely virtual service as smooth as possible.

From Jenny Robb: Kudos to Casey Cramer and Anna Leeper for their help with creating several Curator Talks videos with me. Thanks to Casey for her very patient help and support with filming the videos and for catching a mistake I had on one of my slides. And thanks to Anna for editing the video, adding closed captioning, publishing it to YouTube and posting it on social media. I am grateful for this collaboration, which made it possible for people to engage with our distinctive collections in the current environment!

From Jenny Robb: Kudos to Caitlin McGurk and Anne Drozd for organizing and executing two excellent virtual OSUL events! As soon as they learned that BICLM’s two outreach events for our current exhibits could not take place, they launched into action learning Zoom and working with the speakers to move the programs online. They did an amazing job as moderators and the events were “attended” by hundreds of people from all over the world!

From Amanda Folk: Teaching & Learning would like to thank Lila Andersen, Holly Davis, and Nicole Hernandez with their help and support in transitioning reference to a completely virtual service. Holly and Nicole proactively offered their support in helping to cover LibAnswers given their own experience with the platform in the Research Commons. They helped us to ensure quick and effective delivery of Reference services as Michael was figuring out some of the operational logistics. Lila was incredibly helpful in to us in figuring out the complex phone system, including getting us in touch with University colleagues that could help us to understand this system and identifying ways to proceed that would allow us to offer phone support in teleworking environment, especially in terms of voicemails and menu options when we were not able to have a person answering the phones.

From Jenny Robb: Kudos to Ann Marie Davis, Yasuhiro Aihara, and Kazuki Miyazaki for their excellent work in translating some complicated kanji from a Jiji Manga page and providing information about the artist and the newspaper, all of which I incorporated into my Curator Talk video. Your assistance on this outreach project was much appreciated and will help people engage virtually with our distinctive collections!

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