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New Post on University Libraries Teaching & Learning Blog

Submitted by Zach Walton:

Interested in reading advice on challenging instructional problems? The Ohio State University Libraries’ Teaching & Learning committee has developed a blog that tackles these challenges, providing answers and encouraging best practices in teaching. This blog features posts made by talented guest bloggers and links to other helpful resources, such as books, articles, podcasts and videos. Today’s blog post is titled Living in Liminality, written by our February guest blogger Craig Gibson, Professor & Professional Development Coordinator and Drake Institute Faculty Fellow for Mentoring.

Please check out the Teaching & Learning Blog! Feel free to subscribe or ask questions in the comments section of any post. If you are interested in writing for the blog, feel free to reach out to Zach Walton at

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New Story about Amanda Larson Published on Libraries Website

Submitted by Anna Stiles:

A new story about Amanda Larson and her work as the Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant has been published on the University Libraries website. In the article, Amanda shares her personal experiences that led her to her role with University Libraries and explains how affordable educational materials can benefit everyone involved in academia. 

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University Libraries has also shared the story on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, so be sure to take a look at the posts and share them with your personal networks!

Workday with Pets: Week 7

Charlie courtesy Annamarie Klose

Submitted by Danny Dotson:

Charlie got a new cell phone and forgot how to get the Workday app. HELP!!!

Charlie should visit Installing the Workday Mobile App to see how this is done.

Fiona courtesy Beth Kattelman

Fiona woke up after sleeping like this all night.  Time for a visit to the chiropractor and a day in the jacuzzi.  Fiona’s supervisor is traveling and gets notice of this issue. How does the time off request get approved using the mobile app?

Fiona’s supervisor should visit Approving Time Off: Mobile to see how this gets done.

Want to feature your pet in Workday with Pets? Send a photo to  You can also ask questions about Workday or suggest features to showcase.

Please Donate Blood!

Submitted by Alicia Perkins:

A blood drive benefitting Wexner Medical Center patients will take place on Wendesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Library West Atrium.

Versiti is in need of all healthy people in our communities to consider a blood or COVID-19 convalescent plasma donation, if qualified. As illness continues to soar into the winter, fewer donors will be eligible and patients will be increasingly in need. Sometimes the greatest gifts are free; please schedule an appointment to give blood!

Join Copyright Services for Fair Use Week 2021

Submitted by Maria Scheid:

Do you use materials from third-party sources in your teaching or research publications? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Copyright Services is offering drop-in consultation hours next week for Fair Use Week. Join us Tuesday, February 23rd from 11 a.m. – noon with all your fair use questions! Click here to reserve a spot (drop in any time during the consultation hours).

Mastering Office 365: Teams, Meetings, OneDrive, OneNote

Submitted by Christine OConnell:

Chat, meet, call and collaborate all in one place with Microsoft Teams. 

Online training sessions with in-person instructors will be held in a Teams Live Event. Sessions are open to all current students, faculty and staff.  As an attendee of a live event in Teams, you can watch and participate in the moderated Q&A.  Sessions will also be recorded and posted in the Administrative Resource Center (ARC) for later use.  Topics covered this month:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microsoft Teams Meeting Experience
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft OneNote

View the full schedule of events here.

Find additional training opportunities on different Office 365 products and concepts through the ARC, including:

  • Reference Guides
  • Job Aids
  • Instructor-led live trainings and recordings
  • Microsoft video training collections
  • Access to training videos


Staff Professional Development Grant Program

Submitted by Christine OConnell:

Staff Advisory Council is happy to offer another cycle of the Staff Professional Development Grant Program for University Libraries staff members.  Applications will be accepted Monday, March 1 – Friday, March 19.  Staff members who are selected to receive grants will be notified before April 30.  The total budget for this cycle is $7,500.  Grants may be funded up to $750 and can be used by individuals or groups.  Staff members have one year from the date of their award to use the funds for their proposed purpose.  All A&P and CCS staff who have been employed by the Libraries for at least six months are eligible. 

Grants can be used for more than just conferences.  In the past, applications were funded from across the organization and for a range of professional development opportunities, including:

  • Workshops and trainings
  • Purchasing books or other material related to professional development
  • Taking a class for a degree or certification
  • Hosting a speaker for your department
  • Membership fees for a professional organization
  • Supplement Ohio State tuition assistance (Thinking of taking a course next semester?  Apply for a grant to purchase your books or pay for fees not covered by tuition assistance)

The Qualtrics application will open Monday, March 1.  In the meantime, talk to your supervisor and colleagues about professional development opportunities and visit our wiki page for a description of the program, information about the application and rubric and potential grant ideas.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Christine OConnell,, with any questions, comments or concerns.  

Staff Advisory Council would like to thank our Executive Leadership team for their continued commitment and financial support of the professional and career development of the University Libraries staff.

Community of Interest on Open Pedagogy

Submitted by Amanda Larson:

Are you interested in helping your area’s instructors take their teaching to the next level by using open pedagogy in the classroom? Are you curious about how to collaborate with instructors when they are selecting an open educational resource or how you can use open pedagogy in your library instruction? Maybe you just want to learn more about OER and Open Pedagogy? If so, this Community of Interest on Open Pedagogy is for you!  

Open Pedagogy transforms the learning experience for students from passively receiving knowledge to actively engaging with content through creation. Instructors often adopt this practice by ditching disposable assignments that have no value after they’re graded for renewable assignments. These are assignments that scaffold a learning experience, where students practice applying knowledge or create content that can be shared with their peers. Some examples include creating a shared annotated bibliography, creating a worksheet, creating exam questions, creating zines or even creating course materials that will be used by future students.  

This Community of Interest on Open Pedagogy will be led by Amanda Larson, Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, and will take place asynchronously across four weeks in CarmenCanvas with a weekly optional working Zoom meeting allowing participants to gain clarity about concepts or discuss the topic of the week with others in a live setting. The course will cover a basic overview of what Open Educational Resources are before diving into learning about what Open Pedagogy is, how librarians can support instructors interested in using it in their courses and how they can use or are already using Open Pedagogy in their everyday library instruction practices. Participants will engage in weekly readings and renewable assignments and will create an actionable lesson plan, integrating open pedagogy into library instruction.  

Each hour-long working meeting will begin at 1 p.m.  

Week 1: Open Education Week – Open Education Basics – March 3  

Week 2: What is Open Pedagogy? – March 10  

Week 3: How to Support Instructors with Open Pedagogy – March 17 

Week 4: Open Pedagogy in Library Instruction – March 24 

If you’d like to participate, please fill out the registration form by February 26, 2021, as registration is limited to 20 participants.  For more information or questions, please contact Amanda Larson,  

Communications Corner: New Fields in NewsNotes Request Form

Submitted by Casey Cramer:

You may soon notice new and updated fields in the NewsNotes request form as we work toward implementing a weekly NewsNotes email newsletter. The new fields include:

  • Submission Type – this is a drop-down field, allowing you to categorize your post based on the topic
  • Link to Read More – allows you to add a URL where more information can be found
  • Contact for Additional Information – this is where you will add the primary point of contact for this post
  • Event Start Date and Event End Date – note that this field will only appear if you choose “Upcoming events” from the Submission Type drop-down
  • Image/Photo file name, if applicable 

Also, there are updated requirements at the top of the form that must be followed in order for images and content to be rendered properly in the weekly newsletter.

These weekly summaries are based on recommendations following an extensive assessment of University Libraries internal communications.

Please note: While all submissions will continue to be posted to the NewsNotes webpage, only highlights will be included in the weekly email newsletter. The newsletter will not replace the NewsNotes notifications you currently receive.

If you have any questions or need help filling out the NewsNotes request form, please contact Casey Cramer.


Recording Available for February 12 Coffee with Damon

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

If you weren’t able to join us for the February 12 Coffee with Damon, you can now view the recording.

Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

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