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Retiring: Matt Carmean

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

Matt Carmean will be retiring from his position as Operations Supervisor at the Library Book Depository (Library Associate 2) on January 29, 2021.

Matt began his career with University Libraries as a student employee, serving in multiple roles at the Business Library, Education Library, Fine Arts Library, Womens Studies Library, Main Library Circulation, Journalism Library and the original Goodale Blvd. Depository location from 1984 until 1990. He joined the University Libraries staff in 1990 as a part-time Library Assistant in circulation at Thompson Library (then known as the Main Library). Later that year, Matt moved into a full-time position as a Serials Clerk at the Chemistry Library.  In 1991, he began the position of full-time LMTA 2 Evening Supervisor and Closed Reserve clerk in the Business Library. In 1992, he returned to a part-time position as Library Associate 2 in Main Library Circulation before temporarily leaving University Libraries in 1998 in order to spend more time with his young daughter. In 2004, he took a job with Columbus Metropolitan Libraries (CML) where he served for 11 years, returning to University Libraries in his current position at the Depository in 2015. In this role, Matt supervised the daytime weekday activities of the Depository’s processing and storage areas as well as daily delivery to Thompson and 18th Avenue Libraries. He also assisted with scanning operations to fill interlibrary copy requests for Depository materials.

“Having worked in both the public library and the University Libraries, I will state my feelings that University Libraries is by far the better place to work and that the Library of Congress call number system is clearly superior to Dewey Decimal,” says Matt. “While I was at CML I dreamed of returning to University Libraries someday and I was thrilled when the opportunity arrived!” Matt also credits Donna DeGeorge, his mentor, for his career success.

We thank Matt for his many years of service with University Libraries, and wish him the best in retirement!

Promotion: Dana DeRose

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

Dana DeRose has been promoted to Acquisitions Ordering Specialist (Library Associate 2) effective January 17, 2021.

Reporting to Moon Kim, Dana will review and order requested materials in varying languages and formats, collect all data needed to release purchase orders to materials suppliers, keep order records current for maintenance, serve as a liaison to collection managers and vendors for orders handled in the Acquisitions Department, identify workflow improvements, and maintain current documentation. She will also serve as a PCard coordinator for Acquisitions and fulfill record-keeping requirements for associated projects.

Dana previously served as the Monograph Order and Receipt Specialist for the Acquisitions Department, where she ordered physical and electronic materials, processed payment, received monographic materials, updated and closed order records and provided copy cataloging.

We congratulate Dana on her promotion and look forward to continuing to work with her!

Folk Named Editor-in-Chief

Amanda Folk was invited to become the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Academic Librarianship and began in that role on January 1. Folk has been a member of the editorial board since 2018 and has reviewed manuscripts for the journal since 2015.

About The Journal of Academic Librarianship

The Journal of Academic Librarianship (JAL), an international and refereed journal, publishes articles that focus on problems and issues germane to college and university libraries. JAL provides a forum for authors to present research findings and, where applicable, their practical applications and significance; analyze policies, practices, issues and trends; speculate about the future of academic librarianship; and present analytical bibliographic essays and philosophical treatises. JAL also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to academic librarians, information on academic library technology issues, research in international librarianship, digests of special reports and a guide to sources and analysis of library metrics.

Retiring: Molly Carlile

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:Molly Carlile

Molly Carlile will be retiring from her position of Assistant Rare Books Conservator after 29 years of service to The Ohio State University. Her last day will be December 31. 

Before joining the University Libraries team in 1991, Molly returned to Ohio after completing a two-year diploma in Bookbinding and Conservation at North Bennet St. School in Boston. At first, because there were no book conservation positions open, she worked several years in a variety of university jobs, including night hospital unit clerk and evening/weekend circulation supervisor at the EDU library and as the Brittle Books Project Assistant in Thompson Library.  

After 19 years, Molly was offered the Assistant Rare Book Conservator position she had hoped for and has loved ever since.

“It was a joy and an incredible honor to be able to repair Special Collections books in the University’s collection, and work alongside and learn from Harry. The icing on the cake was that I also found so many lovely work relationships with many of you. I already miss you terribly.” 

When asked what the oldest book she ever worked on was, Molly responds, “I remember it fondly – it was a small, brown, calf leather book that was called by the generic title of ‘A Nun’s Book’, a humble little book, just the size to fit in her pocket, handwritten with iron gall ink on supple, creamy white uterine calf pages. There are several tiny painted embellishments inside, but not so many or so elaborate as to be a distraction from the book’s real purpose, that of prayer. The year was 1403. I will never forget the ancient little witness because it spoke to me of such a different time and place, different values, different understanding of beauty and worth. I want to express my gratitude to the Libraries and the Collection Managers who entrusted their treasures to me.”         

We congratulate Molly on her retirement and wish her all the best!

Spring Semester Special Assignments

Submitted by Belinda Hurley:

Four of our colleagues, Amanda Folk, Tracey Overbey, Mara Frazier and Annamarie Klose, will be working on Special Assignments from January 2021 through some or most of May 2021.

Amanda and Tracey will use their time to work on Narratives of Dis(Engagement): Exploring Black- and African-American Students’ Experiences with Libraries. Mara will work on a Women of the Dance Notation Bureau book proposal. Annamarie will devote her time to an investigation of non-MARC metadata.

Departure: Tyler Osborne

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

Tyler Osborne will end her term employment as Sesquicentennial Archives Assistant on January 7, 2021. 

Tyler initially joined the University Archives team as a student employee in 2016, where she worked to scan photos requested by patrons. In 2018, she joined the staff as the Sesquicentennial Archives Assistant. In this role, Tyler has completed multiple significant projects, including researching and writing content for Buckeye Biography, the massive open online course for the university’s sesquicentennial, assisting with content curation and caption writing for the book “Time & Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University,” helping to develop and install the two sesquicentennial exhibits in the Thompson Gallery, creating a digital exhibit, and assisting with the Carmen Collection, documenting and telling stories from underrepresented communities at Ohio State. Tyler also traveled to various alumni clubs (St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Northwest Ohio, Delaware County) to give presentations on university history.

“I particularly enjoyed working on the book and presenting to groups all over campus and the country,” says Tyler. “I’m so thankful for all the friends I’ve met at Libraries and the great experiences I’ve had as I’m just beginning my career.”

Tamar Chute, Tyler’s supervisor, adds: “Tyler was instrumental in every part of the sesquicentennial celebration – from supervising the Carmen Collection interns, to creating the outlines for the online course, to helping with the exhibits, to managing all our social media. Without Tyler, we couldn’t have done it all. We will miss Tyler and appreciate all her hard work. We wish her the best of luck! (Please be sure to check out Tyler’s online sesquicentennial exhibit!)”

We thank Tyler for her significant contributions to University Libraries and wish her the best!

Retiring: Michael Murray

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

Michael Murray will be retiring from his position of Program Coordinator for the Music & Dance Library after 19 years of service to The Ohio State University. His last day will be February 28, 2021.

Before joining the University Libraries team in 2002, Michael had pursued a career as a concert organist. In the period from 1980 – 1997, he recorded 30 CDs for the Telarc label on organs in Germany, England, France and The Netherlands, as well as the USA. He appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was the organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Columbus for 30 years.

Michael also authored several books, including a biography of the historian Jacques Barzun, a biography of his teacher, Marcel Dupré, and a book on Albert Schweitzer’s musical activity published by Yale University Press and HarperCollins. His biography of Dupré will appear in a second edition this year and has also been published in German and French editions.

He served on the Staff Advisory Council and was instrumental in establishing the Music & Dance Library Endowment Fund. Michael also occasionally taught sections of the graduate-level course “Music Research Methods and Bibliography” for the School of Music.

We congratulate Michael on his retirement and wish him all the best!

Welcome: Ann Lennon

Photo of Ann LennonSubmitted by Randall McKenzie:

Ann Lennon has accepted the 3-year term position of San Francisco Academy of Comic Art (SFACA) Collection Project Archives Associate at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (BICLM) and will begin her new role on January 4.

Reporting to Wendy Pflug, Ann will support the work of collections management and discovery with a primary focus on processing archival materials for the SFACA collection. She will organize, rehouse and process the large visual art collection and input information into library data management systems.

Ann is returning to BICLM after working as an assistant curator from 2010 – 2012 and 2014 – 2016, and as an archives project assistant from 2017 – 2019. Prior to 2010, she worked in numerous cataloging and librarian roles in the UK. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Music & English and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from University College Dublin.

Please join us in welcoming Ann back to University Libraries!

Published: Amanda Larson

Amanda Larson co-authored an article that was recently published in International Journal of Open Education Resources entitled “Exploring Faculty Perceptions of OER and Impediments to their Use: A Multi-Institutional Study.” 

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Understanding faculty perceptions about OER is a vital step for those hoping to support the growth of OER initiatives at higher education institutions. Faculty members’ perceptions of OER often influence their interest in adopting open educational practices and their willingness to seek out support from campus staff. To explore how faculty members across their four institutions feel about open education, the authors developed a survey to discover faculty members’ (1) perspectives on, (2) barriers to, and (3) beliefs about OER use. The survey corroborated past research findings that faculty often have difficulty finding time to locate and evaluate OER, and that there is a need among the academic community to better compensate educators for their work developing open content. More notably, the authors discovered that the faculty who are aware of library support services and other institutional OER initiatives are more engaged in open educational practices and willing to explore OER, regardless of their prior experience with open education.

Kattelman Essay Helps to Commemorate 30th Anniversary of “Misery”

Beth Kattelman‘s essay “Raging Butch: Annie Wilkes, Female Masculinity, and Anger” has been published on the Horror Homeroom website as part of a special issue commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of Rob Reiner’s film “Misery” (based on the Stephen King novel). Kattelman’s essay uses queer theory to explore how Annie’s inability to conform to expected gender norms positions her as an outcast, thus making her a target of maltreatment and resulting in her monstrous behavior. 

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