Big Ten Academic Alliance and PLOS Announce Publishing Deal

Submitted by Gene Springs and Maureen Walsh:

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have entered into an agreement for BTAA members, including The Ohio State University, to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. CAP is PLOS’ effort to sustain highly selective journal publishing without Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate this new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine without incurring fees.

Under the umbrella of the BTAA’s BIG Collection, this is a focused pilot in collective action to create a sustainable, scalable open knowledge ecosystem across BTAA. The pilot is a three-year one-time agreement (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023). The agreement covers all BTAA universities with one cost, rather than an institution-by-institution breakdown.

The publishing pilot covers uncapped, no-fee publishing for authors for three years in two journals, PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. All published articles are immediately Open Access and are available globally to read at no charge. There is no change to workflow for authors or librarians and it automatically extends to all authors from participating campuses who submit to either PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine. The benefits extend to authors of all system, regional, and branch campuses of Big Ten universities (with the exception of University of Illinois at Chicago and Maryland system campuses).

Beginning January 1, 2021, Community Action Publishing ensures publication fees for accepted manuscripts at PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine will automatically be covered if the authors’ institutions are members of the Community Action Publishing program.

Community Action Publishing takes into account the contributions of every author — not just corresponding authors — to help distribute publishing costs equitably among the institutions who support them.

Ohio State authors with articles accepted in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023 are eligible to benefit from this agreement. If an Ohio State author, or an author from another member institution, is the corresponding author, there are no membership fees (APCs) to publish in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine during this pilot. If an Ohio State author, or an author from another member institution, is not the corresponding author, but some or all of the contributing authors are members, there is a 25% discount on the non-member fee (APC).

More information about the BTAA PLOS agreement is available in our FAQ.

Please contact us at with any questions about the BTAA PLOS publishing agreement.

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


International Student Experience Workshop Series

Submitted by Pam McClung:

The Office of International Affairs will virtually host the spring semester International Student Experience Workshop Series for faculty and staff, a three-part sequence to educate participants about life as an international student and offer guidance on how to best work with this population. The workshops will include presentations by staff from OIA and other offices, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate.


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Trans AND: A Digital Performance Festival

Trans AND: A Digital Performance Festival

February 6, 2021
4 – 6:30 p.m.
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The Trans AND virtual performance festival brings together trans and gender-nonconforming artists from across the country for a weekend of genre-blending, gender-defying acts and dialogues exploring the intersections of art, identity, activism and community. The festival is a two-day event. Day one, sponsored by the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI), consists of two hour-long webinar panels.Each panel will be made up of three artists and a moderator. In the first panel at 4:00 p.m., Azure D. Osborne Lee, Penny Sterling, and Siri Gurudev will discuss how their work creates space for stories that explore the intersections of trans identity with queerness, racial identity, parenthood, and migration. In the second panel at 5:30 p.m., Dillon Yrugeas and Rebecca Kling will discuss the overlap of their work in theatre and performance with their activism to build more equitable and inclusive spaces through performance from the black box theatre to state congressional hearings.

Both panels will be followed by an audience Q&A. Beth Kattelman and Mara Frazier will provide introductions for the sessions featuring gender-related materials from TRI. Panels will be moderated by trans student Nicolas Shannon Savard. Day two is hosted and sponsored by The Syndicate (graduate student theatre group) and the Performance Studies Working Group.

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!

Open Up: Open Educational Resources in the Sciences

Submitted by Amanda Larson:

As part of the “Open Up” author series from Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations, the University of Rochester invites you to discover different ways in which faculty, library staff and students work together to engage and enrich the learning process on Thursday, January 21.

Open Up: Open Educational Resources in the Sciences
In this workshop, authors Daniel Dotson (Ohio State University) and Anna Davis (Ohio Dominican University) will share their work from the chapter “Mathematics Courses and the Ohio Open Ed Collaborative: Collaborative Course Content Building for Statewide Use” in Open Pedagogy Approaches: Faculty, Library, and Student Collaborations.

Following, Lindsey Gumb and Heather Miceli from Roger Williams University will discuss the ideas in their chapter, “Library Support for Scaffolding OER-Enabled Pedagogy in a General Education Science Course.”

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Participants will receive a zoom link to the event once they have registered.

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!

January 15 Coffee with Damon Recording Available

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

If you missed the Coffee with Damon last Friday, January 15, you can now view the recording.

We look forward to seeing you at the next coffee on January 29.

Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo

Walt Kelly. Pogo, April 21, 1971. Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Reprinted by permission.

Into the Swamp: The Social and Political Satire of Walt Kelly’s Pogo

January 30 – October 31, 2021
Open Thursday – Sunday
Exhibit Hours: 1 – 4 p.m., appointment required
Closed April 19 – June 11

Walt Kelly’s newspaper comic strip Pogo was a platform for political satire and commentary using a motley group of swamp critters. Kelly tackled many of the political issues of the world in which he lived, from the Red Scare to civil rights, the environment, scientific exploration and consumerism. We celebrate Walt Kelly and his social commentary through the joyous, poignant and occasionally profound insights and beauty of the alternative universe that is Pogo. Working in the mid-twentieth century, Kelly drew on the legacy of earlier generations of newspaper cartoonists and then became a major influence on his successors.

This exhibition primarily features art and archival materials from the Walt Kelly Collection, which was donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum by Selby Kelly. It also showcases artwork from the collection of Doonesbury cartoonist Garry B. Trudeau, which he generously donated to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in 2020.

Co-curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita and Founding Curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and Jenny E. Robb, Curator & Associate Professor.

Due to COVID-19, museum hours are limited and subject to change. Please consult for more information when planning your visit.

Image credit: Walt Kelly. Pogo, April 21, 1971. Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Reprinted by permission.



Wellness Wednesday: January 20, 2021

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator

Share your love for wellness and inspire your colleagues! Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness Innovators program in the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer seeks faculty and staff for its January 2021 cohort. You will receive training, tips, suggestions and opportunities to coordinate and attend special events. If you are interested in promoting health and wellness activities and initiatives in your workplace, plus getting to know Buckeye Wellness Innovators from across campus, apply to the program and attend the free virtual orientation on January 26 from 1 – 4:30 p.m.  Read more information and register here.

Lunch and Learn: Energy for Life; One Day at a Time

January 22, noon – 1 p.m.

What would you do if you had more energy? Are you tired of being tired? Do you need a better work-life balance? This presentation is designed to introduce you to the Health Athlete program and start you on your journey to re-focus and re-energize your personal and professional life.

Acquire new strategies for fueling, recovering and moving to become your best self.  Register here.

Winter Resilience: Managing Stress and Mental Health in the Winter Months

January 20, 11:30 a.m. to noon

The winter months provide some of the biggest challenges to wellness during the year. The pressure of the holidays, the ongoing pandemic and the risk of Seasonal Affective Disorder take a toll and can become problematic if we don’t care for ourselves. In this presentation, you’ll learn strategies for managing stress and building resiliency through the winter months.  Register here.

Mental Health Awareness Training

January 21, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Brought to you by the Ohio State Employee Assistance Program (EAP), this workshop is focused on increasing understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and learning approaches to support your colleagues in the workplace.  Register here.

Men’s Health: Five Appointments to Make Every Year

January 26, 12:30-1 p.m.

Men often think that they are too strong and invincible for illness, often leading to health and wellness falling to the wayside. Ultimately, this vulnerability can be a barrier to obtaining necessary health information. Join this webinar to learn from Sophia Tolliver, MD, MPH, FAAFP, as she discusses the five areas of health men should focus on every year, including physical, dental, vision, mental and financial.  Register here.

Signs You Should Have a COVID-19 Antibody Test

You might consider talking to your doctor about taking an antibody test if you had COVID-19 symptoms at some point or if you have long-term symptoms that just won’t go away. These can include fatigue, cough, trouble breathing, headache and joint pain.  Read the full article here.

Mindfulness/Meditation Group

Fridays, beginning January 8
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Each Friday morning at 8:45, this group will feature a short introduction (about five minutes) to different types of meditation and highlight some related Ohio State Wellness Resources. No registration is necessary.  There will be 45 minutes of mostly self-led time to practice the featured meditation technique of the week or follow a different recording from your own meditation app or YouTube video. Participants may choose to leave their webcams and mics muted.  Participation may count towards a YP4H healthy habit, so don’t forget to log it in your habit tracker in the Virgin Pulse portal.

Everyday Health: Building Resilience and Resources Together

Everyday Health, a leading provider of evidence-based digital health and wellness content, partnered with The Ohio State University to conduct a national online survey about resilience. Key finding: Most Americans overestimate their own resilience. What this means is that regardless of what you’re going through, the world can be a pretty challenging place. This Resilience Toolkit will help you better understand what constitutes resilience and how to build up your resilience skills and those of others. 

Do You Have an Idea for a Wellness Program?

Are you looking for information or a better understanding of a wellness issue? Do you have expertise or connection to an expert who can speak about a wellness issue? Please send ideas, suggestions or expert contact information to a Wellness Innovator for consideration. Your Innovators are Lila Andersen(.43), Quanetta Batts(.2), Ash Faulkner(.172), Randall McKenzie(.87), and Christina Moore(.809).

Share your Wellness Achievements

Are you preparing to run a marathon? Did you start a new yoga practice? Are you working on a creative project? Are you involved in your community? We want to hear your wellness story and celebrate your achievements. You are an inspiration! Send your story and photos to a Wellness Innovator and we’ll share it in an upcoming Wellness Wednesday newsletter.



Tell Us About Someone who Exemplifies #BuckeyeLove!

Submitted by Anna Stiles:

#BuckeyeLove season is fast approaching, and we’re looking for stories to share! #BuckeyeLove is an annual University-wide marketing campaign meant to spread awareness of the many things there are to love about Ohio State. This year, #BuckeyeLove is all about acts of kindness.

Do you have a colleague who goes above and beyond in this area? Whether they consistently brighten their colleagues’ days, are exceptionally helpful to Libraries users or volunteer to make their community a better place, we want to hear about them! Use this Qualtrics survey to tell us about a Libraries employee who exemplifies this year’s #BuckeyeLove theme. You may submit stories anonymously, and you’re also welcome to submit yourself! No stories will be shared without the permission of the subject. Please submit your stories by Friday, January 29.

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