Spot Bonus: Nugent and Vanecko

Kyle Nugent and Mike Vanecko have each received spot bonus awards.

Kyle is being recognized for his extraordinary efforts in the execution of his duties. When Kyle’s supervisor was unavailable to lead a tour of the Depository, he volunteered to give the tour in his place. Kyle added his perspective on how the Depository is instrumental to Libraries’ overall stewardship and collections-related work. He shared experiences he had and contributions he made while working at the Depository. His account of the hydraulic lift failure incident in 2019 and the subsequent clean-up efforts added to the history of the building and the important work being done inside. 

Mike is also being recognized for his extraordinary efforts in the execution of his duties in the past year. Mike was tasked with obtaining and distributing Personal Protective Equipment to Libraries locations outside of Thompson Library and 18th Avenue Library. He enforced mask and social distancing requirements with contractors and patrons within our spaces. He continued to do building walks at Libraries locations when needed. He worked with Stores and Receiving to find lost mail and to retrieve mail being held at the wrong locations. He assisted both the mailroom and the security team when staffing became an issue. If a student worker called in sick or there were not enough students to cover a shift, Mike was willing to help. He is a team player and his actions have a positive effect on his coworkers. 

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

Research Award: 2022 ALA Library Instructional Round Table Top 20 Instructional Article

Submitted by Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros:

The ALA Library Instructional Round Table (LIRT) has selected the article “Information Literacy for Global Inclusion: Designing an Annotated Bibliography for Global Search and Selection” as one of the top 20 instructional articles published in 2021. The article was published in the journal of Communications in Information Literacy and co-written by Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros and Beth Black. It was selected among the 300+ research articles reviewed by the LIRT committee on library instruction. The top 20 articles will be featured in the June issue of LIRT News. Beth and Pamela would like to thank Meris Longmeier and Craig Gibson for their editorial support and contribution to their article. Pamela would like to thank Beth for her openness to explore area studies information literacy gaps and opportunities.

SAC Election Results

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

University Libraries Staff Advisory Council is pleased to announce the results of this year’s election.

Staff Advocates (term beginning in July):

  • Theresa Cavin
  • Michelle Henley
  • Christine OConnell
  • Joey Schulte

Alternate (appointed to the council in the event of a resignation or removal):

  • Mary Ries

Please congratulate the newly elected Staff Advocates and Alternates.

Teaching Responsible and Ethical Information Practices

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What are responsible and ethical information practices? How can we teach students to become responsible and ethical information consumers and information creators? In this workshop, participants will consider the actions and habits that constitute responsible and ethical information access, sharing and use. Participants will learn about strategies and resources that they can incorporate into their teaching practices to help students develop responsible and ethical information practices. 

This workshop aligns with the expected learning outcomes for GE Foundations courses: 

  • Writing & Information Literacy: Employ reflective and critical strategies to evaluate and select credible and relevant information sources

This workshop is open to all faculty, instructors, graduate teaching associates and staff at Ohio State. Those teaching or developing GE courses with information literacy learning outcomes are especially encouraged to attend. Non-Ohio State affiliated participants are also welcome.

For eligible participants, attendance at the workshop can count toward completion of the Teaching Information Literacy teaching endorsement through the Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning. 

Inclusive Excellence Planning Workshop: June 9 at 2 p.m.

Submitted by Thomas Dickens:


Please join us for our workshop, “Introduction to Inclusive Excellence Planning,” facilitated by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday, June 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop walks participants through the key steps we recommend for embarking on an inclusive excellence planning process that is intentional, driven by a culture of inquiry and utilizes a DEI lens. We aim to simplify the process for units while also integrating best practices that promote equity and inclusion, open and honest discussion and engaged decision-making every step of the way. This workshop also provides resources and activities to move through each phase.

This session is ideal for anyone who wants to be actively involved in transformational change for EDI in their unit or across our organization. This workshop will be virtual and recorded. Please use the link below to register before the start of the workshop. For questions, don’t hesitate to contact Thomas Dickens (

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Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 929 6619 8223
Password: 296494

Communications Corner: Deadlines for NewsNotes and Communications Support Requests

Please remember to submit NewsNotes requests by noon, two business days prior to the first requested publication date. If you are submitting a communications support request, please allow 2 weeks for digital projects and 4 weeks for print projects.

Meet Student Employee Scholarship Recipient Blade Mitchell

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Blade Mitchell

Submitted by Casey Cramer:

An article featuring one of the 2022 University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship recipients has been published on the Libraries website. The article features a Q&A with Blade Mitchell, a student security supervisor. Read the article now to learn more about Mitchell, his time with University Libraries and what this scholarship means to him.

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Be sure to also like, comment on and share University Libraries’ social media posts about the article on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

This article is the second profile being shared about our Student Employee Scholarship recipients. Be sure to look for more recipient profiles to be published in the coming weeks!

Spot Bonus: Albarano and Frueh

Vincent Albarano and Brian Frueh have each received spot bonus awards.

Vincent is being recognized for his extraordinary effort involving streaming media requests from teaching faculty across campus, particularly requests from the Department of English and from the Department of Film Studies, as these requests are often more complicated than those for other resources. The pandemic increased the volume of streaming media requests from faculty and elevated the level of urgency. Vincent’s workload in this area has been significant, especially as instructors rushed to prepare for an upcoming semester and may not have provided long lead times for locating and obtaining media, for investigating the availability of licensing, platforms, formats and other technical aspects and for navigating changes around the Office of Distance Education and eLearning’s Secured Media Library. He handled each request efficiently and communicated updates to the librarian and to the requester as needed. On several occasions, Vincent has gone out of his way to keep customers posted on the progress he and others have made as he explores options to meet an expressed pedagogical need. While the Collections Management team has always provided prompt support, his excellent work given the complexities and unpredictability of the current streaming media landscape is especially notable and appreciated. 

Brian is being recognized for his extraordinary effort involving the execution of his duties in the Research Commons. His work to keep our service operations at peak performance has been exceptional, including assisting patrons in acquiring virtual access to the computer lab, supporting a growing number of in-person events and continued troubleshooting for virtual events. Brian’s efforts have been noticed by co-workers and remarked upon by users. A PhD student’s mother recently sent a note: “My daughter successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in the 18th Avenue Library on 4/4 and Brian Frueh was absolutely wonderful. He met her on time to help her and then checked in when he knew she would be switching Zoom links at the end of her public presentation. Brian was efficient, friendly and went above and beyond.” At the same time, the organization was transitioning between public services coordinators. Brian worked with Nicole Hernandez to ensure a smooth transition, provided additional desk coverage and provided support for onboarding of that position. His commitment to excellent public service, even in the face of limited resources, embodies the values of the University Libraries and our profession. 

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

Birth Announcement: Everly Kathryn Stiles

Photo of Everly Kathryn Stiles in her bassinette

Submitted by Nancy Colvin:

We’re delighted to announce that Anna Stiles  and her husband Trevor  welcomed a baby girl named Everly Kathryn Stiles on Tuesday, May 24 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Everly was born at 11:14 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. 11 oz. and both she and Anna are doing well. 

Congratulations to Anna and Trevor on their beautiful new baby. We’re delighted to welcome Everly to the University Libraries family!

LibrariesConnect on June 22

Want to get caught up with our Libraries colleagues? Join us for the next LibrariesConnect on Wednesday, June 22 at noon.

Connect via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 985 0774 3741
Password: 125765

About LibrariesConnect:
LibrariesConnect brings our faculty and staff together in a relaxed virtual environment where we can get better acquainted and make connections across our organization.

Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

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