Notable News from the Libraries’ Staff

newThis year, the Libraries celebrates 200 years of aiding academic excellence — excellence made possible by its staff’s commitment to education.

That dedication was especially evident at this year’s American Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference, where OHIO librarians were recognized for their leadership and achievements in library science:

Hilary Bussell, eLearning librarian; lorraine wochna (sic), instruction librarian; and Diana Nichols, monographs cataloger; developed a poster about OHIO’s Graduate Research Series, a program that gives graduate students the opportunity to share their research processes with other scholars. The poster session detailed the implementation of the program, discussed its impact, and offered advice for libraries interested in initiating their own graduate research series.

Jessica Hagman, reference and instruction librarian, and Janet Carleton, digital initiatives coordinator, delivered a presentation about social media strategies titled “Better Together: Reimagining Library Social Media Content through Student Collaboration.” Hagman and Carleton also collaborated this year to write the story of how Maggie Boyd, OHIO’s first female graduate, came to have a Twitter account in the 21st century.  The paper, titled “Finding Friends for our First Alumna,” was published in the January 2014 issue of College & Research Library News.

Chad Boeninger, head of reference; Sara Harrington, head of arts and archives; Janet Hulm, head of acquisitions and resource sharing and interim assistant dean; and Deborah Daniels, business unit manager & analyst; presented “Value in a Changing Budget Climate: Our Library’s Response to Responsibility Centered Management.” The presentation — which drew from an 18 month analysis of library expenditures, each college’s usage of the library, and market values of library facilities, services, and collections  — discussed the college-by-college accounting process and demonstrated how libraries can express value to campus communities.

Jessica Hagman and Hilary Bussell served on the panel for the conference session, “Got IRB [institutional review board]? What to Know When Planning Human Subject Research Projects.” 

Derek Malone, senior library associate, serves as co-chair on the ALAO support staff interest group and moderated the “Got IRB?” session.

Chris Guder, reference and instruction librarian; Hilary Bussell and Jessica Hagman were co-awarded an ALAO research grant for their project “Informed Instruction: A Needs Assessment Model for Library Workshop Implementation.”

Diana Nichols, monographs cataloger, was recognized for mentoring last year’s ALAO diversity scholarship winner. This scholarship for Library and Information Science students includes a contribution toward tuition, free admission to the annual conference and a year of mentoring from an ALAO member.

A hearty thank you to the librarians for their hard work and congratulations on their well-deserved recognition.

Clockwise from top left: lorraine wochna, Diana Nichols, Janet Hulm, Deborah Daniels, Hilary Bussell, Chris Guder, Chad Boeninger, Janet Carleton, Sara Harrington, Jessica Hagman, and Derek Malone.