Notable News from the Libraries’ Staff

Summer is here, and many Ohio University students have left town, leaving the campus peaceful and calm. This is not to say that Ohio University Libraries’ staff has disappeared though. From the spring semester through present day, the Libraries’ staff continues to contribute to the wealth of research existing throughout Ohio University and the nation. Here is a look at some of their recent accomplishments.

The Department of Academic Affairs Awards Committee at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) selected the 2012 Academic Affairs Outstanding Employees of the Year. The Libraries’ very own, Debi Orr, Learning Resource Center/health sciences librarian, was one of the three winners. The Learning Resource Center (LRC) supports the curricula of HCOM. As LRC librarian, Orr assists with finding resources as well as with library access issues. Orr is also the subject librarian for Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, and Social and Public Health.

Three members of the Libraries’ staff were awarded the 2013 RPC Research Grant from the American Library Association of Ohio. Hilary Bussell, eLearning librarian, Chris Guder, reference and instruction librarian, and Jessica Hagman, reference and instruction librarian, are using this grant to support their project titled, “Informed Instruction: A Needs Assessment Model for Library Workshop Implementation.” The study seeks to explore the information needs of on-campus graduate students and graduate distance learners to understand whether or not there is a need for out-of-class instruction for both kinds of graduate students.

The Libraries were also featured in the April 2013 issue of College and Research Libraries News: News From the Field. The announcement, co-authored by Kate Mason, coordinator of communications and assistant to the dean, and Krithika Rajaraman, graduate communications assistant, announced the Libraries’ interactive, searchable digital archive of Senator George V. Voinovich’s senatorial and gubernatorial collections. The Omeka-based website has teaching and learning capabilities ideal for scholars and researchers from around the globe.

Congratulations to all members of the Libraries staff for their hard work and for the time they have dedicated to connecting learners to information for discovery, intellectual growth and advancement of knowledge.