Kudos: March – April 2021

March 10, 2021: Anna Stiles

From Quanetta Batts: I recently recorded a video for a virtual conference and reached out to Anna to discuss how we might add captioning to the video. She jumped in right away, and within minutes had the video perfectly captioned. I appreciate Anna’s willingness to help, the expertise that she brings to our organization and her friendly teamwork attitude.  I can’t thank her enough.


March 18, 2021: Amy McCrory, Earline Antosch, Reem Hussein

From Courtney Hunt: Amy and her team have been working on digitizing issues of “Lensology and Shutterisms” from the Fine Arts Library for the past year. These artfully printed small volumes were identified by a patron, and it quickly became clear to us that they should be digitized and shared with the world, as many of them are in the public domain and contain useful research content in art, history of photography and photography equipment, as well as design. During the digitization process, Amy identified some mold and spotting on a few of the issues and worked with preservation to contain those problems before moving on to digitization. The work Amy, Earline and Reem put in to get these issues finally digitized is just fantastic and deserves recognition! Thank you, team! The issues can now be found on Internet Archive. Here’s one issue from 1914, so that you can see their work.


March 25, 2021: Anna Stiles

From Amanda Folk: Anna helped us to ensure accurate captions for our ACRL 2021 presentation about the pilot partnership with Columbus City Schools. Not only was she willing to help, she provided a sense of calm when things didn’t go according to plan! We appreciate your support in helping us to accessibly tell about our success with this partnership! On behalf of Q, Kapil, Jane, Lynda and I…thank you, Anna!


March 25, 2021: Wendy Medvetz

From Amanda Folk: Wendy was incredibly patient and helpful (as she always is) as I was completing my first purchase requisition in Workday. She took the time to provide me with important details to successfully complete this task, which also helped me to compile documentation for myself to use in the future. She pointed me to appropriate support resources and also gave me tips about what worked for her. I really appreciate her patience and her help!


April 9, 2021: Christine OConnell

From Randall McKenzie: Christine has been a great help in HR since both our HRBP and HR Student left in March.  Christine has jumped in with New Student Employee Orientation and advertising for the AD for EDI position.  Both of these can be quite time-consuming and I really appreciate Christine’s willingness to help in a time of need.  Thank you, Christine! 


April 9, 2021: Danny Dotson

From Randall McKenzie: As Change Coordinator, Danny has been a great resource during the Workday transition.  Danny did an excellent job preparing Libraries for the significant change and has continued to advocate for Libraries with the Workday team as issues and concerns have come up.  Thank you, Danny, for your support!


April 12, 2021: Sarah Collier

From Miriam Centeno: Sarah Collier, Project Coordinator in the Preservation & Digitization department, has done an outstanding job of standardizing and improving our work routines. Using project management concepts and Microsoft Teams software, she has created workflows for several of our major conservation and digitization initiatives. Her work has improved our communications both within the department and with our colleagues across Libraries and has helped us to plan and carry out projects more successfully. Sarah continually sees opportunities to improve workflows and has many more ideas she wants to implement this year. A big thanks to Sarah for taking a fresh look at how we do our jobs and helping us to do them better!

Contents of Keep Teaching Site Moving to Permanent Home

Keep Teaching, the website created as Ohio State’s temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to online and hybrid teaching, is being retired this May, but the valuable information the site provided will live on within the university’s Teaching and Learning Resource Center.

The Teaching and Learning Resource Center launched in September 2020 as the new hub for Ohio State instructors to find teaching and learning strategies and examples and teaching-related resources, information and opportunities from across the university. The site includes content from the Center for Life Sciences Education, the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and University Libraries.

Beginning mid-May, all links to the Keep Teaching site will be redirected to the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. This change is scheduled to take place between spring and summer semesters to minimize any disruptions. No content from the Keep Teaching site will be lost during this transition; it is simply being reorganized within the Teaching and Learning Resource Center. All information, including teaching strategies by instructional mode, tool-specific information and learning opportunities will be available at teaching.resources.osu.edu. If you haven’t explored the Teaching and Learning Resource Center, be sure to check it out! You can browse resources by tool or by teaching topic, and you will always find a running list of upcoming learning opportunities from around the university.

Meet Scholarship Recipient Alec Reynolds

A photo of Alec Reynolds standing in front of a piece of antique machinery at the Library Tech Center.

Alec Reynolds

Submitted by Anna Stiles:

In celebration of National Student Employment Week, an article featuring a Q&A with Alec Reynolds, one of the recipients of the 2021 University Libraries Student Employee Scholarship, has been published on the Libraries website. The article explores Alec’s time with University Libraries, his career goals and how the scholarship will impact his time at The Ohio State University. 

Read the full article now >> 

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 one of several we will share throughout the week as we celebrate our student employees. Be sure to look for more articles to be published in the coming days!

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.

More about 40 Under 40 >>

Register for the virtual awards presentation >>

Workday with Pets: Week 14

Submitted by Danny Dotson:

Luna courtesy Alice Henry

Luna has dreams of starting a food truck business. Can Luna split her paycheck into multiple accounts so she can automatically set aside a portion to make her dream come true?

Luna should visit Manage Your Pay Options to see what options there are for depositing pay into multiple accounts.

Mia courtesy Jane Hammons

Mia isn’t sure how to find stuff available to purchase that is in the central warehouse.

When in BuckeyeBuy, Mia should type ware as a filter and will then see the three central warehouse options that can then be checked to be the options searched.

Do you want to continue seeing Workday with Pets? Email dotson.77@osu.edu to let him know! You can also share ideas for future Workday features and pictures of your pet.

April 9 Coffee with Damon Recording Available

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

If you missed the Coffee with Damon on April 9, you can now view the recording here.

Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

Telework Agreement Review

Submitted by Randall McKenzie:

As a reminder, it is essential for supervisors to regularly review active telework agreements with direct reports who remain teleworking.  Telework agreements for summer term should be submitted to human resources by May 15, 2021.

Telework agreements may be written through August 20, 2021, but documentation should include language indicating the agreement is subject to change pending further direction from University Libraries and the university regarding the transition back to the workplace. 

Please use the email template below to formalize the telework agreement documentation. Supervisors should email the template to the employee and instruct the employee to reply to the email to confirm acceptance.  Employees should copy Randall, mckenzie.87@osu.edu, on the reply.*


FROM: Supervisor
TO: Employee
SUBJECT: Telework Agreement Renewal


Thank you for reviewing your telework agreement with me.  Please respond below to acknowledge the status of your telework agreement.  Telework agreements can be reviewed at any time are subject to change based on the availability of work and pending further direction from Libraries and the university regarding the transition back to the workplace.

___ Your telework agreement on file remains accurate and has been extended through DATE

___ Your telework agreement has been updated and will be in place through DATE.  A copy of the updated agreement is attached.

Acknowledgment instructions:

  • Supervisor: Place an “X” on the appropriate line and email to the employee.
  • Employee: Reply to email to confirm acceptance. Please copy mckenzie.87@osu.edu on the reply.


*If an employee does not have a telework agreement on file, please complete this form.


BTAA Libraries BIG Convening on April 19: “Collective Action and the Common Good”

From the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA):

The next plenary session in the monthly “Sequence of Convenings Toward the BIG Collection” is coming up on April 19 at 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. EST. Our session this month focuses on “Collective Action and the Common Good: the Cornerstone of the Knowledge Commons,” with a keynote presentation by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of English at Michigan State University. Panelists include Greg Eow, President of the Center for Research Libraries; Cathy Curley, Chief Information Officer at University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; and Maurice York, Director of Library Initiatives for the Big Ten Academic Alliance.

Register today for this session if you have not already done so. All staff from across BTAA libraries are welcome and the event is free, but registration is required. You can register for future monthly Convenings at the same time; registration will remain open and editable throughout the year. Selected content will be recorded and made available following each session.

If you missed the kickoff event last month, “Envisioning the BIG Collection: Building a Knowledge Commons for the Big Ten,” a full recording (including the panel conversation) is available, with a fully searchable transcript of the whole session. For public sharing outside the Big Ten, the keynote presentation by Maurice York is posted on YouTube and linked from the BIG Convenings web page.

Applications Development & Operations Second Quarter 2021 Report

Submitted by Russell Schelby:

Happy Spring everyone! 🌷

Applications Development & Operations has created a report for the work that we finished up recently. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Read Report >>

April 6 Management Committee Meeting Recording and Notes Available

Submitted by Elaine Pritchard:

The notes and recording from the April 6 Management Committee meeting are available to Libraries faculty and staff in the “All Libraries — Management Committee” BuckeyeBox folder. Questions? Contact Elaine Pritchard.90.

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