Notable News from the Libraries’ Staff

(From left to right) Top row: Chad Boeninger, Jessica Hagman, Kelly Broughton. Middle row: Janet Carleton, Miriam Intrator, Derek Malone, Eileen Theodore-Shusta. Bottom row: Hilary Bussell, Sheri Saines, Araba Andoh-Dawson.
(From left to right) Top row: Chad Boeninger, Jessica Hagman, Kelly Broughton. Middle row: Janet Carleton, Miriam Intrator, Derek Malone, Eileen Theodore-Shusta. Bottom row: Hilary Bussell, Sherri Saines, Araba Andoh-Dawson.

Alden Library may be in a peaceful summer lull, but make no mistake — the Libraries’ staff is busy working to make quality information easily accessible. It’s work that takes a variety of forms; like helping students at the front desk, authoring academic papers, or exchanging ideas at national — and even international — conferences.

Here’s a quick look at some “behind the scenes” ways the staff has advanced the Libraries’ mission this year:

Chad Boeninger, head of reference, participated in three panel sessions at the Computers in Libraries 2014 conference. Boeninger spoke about “on-demand,” topic-specific research blogs; academic library use of WordPress; and the work of the Libraries’ task force on analysis of library expenditures for a resource centered management (RCM) financial model.

Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services, presented a paper titled “Communities of Practice as a Tool for Self-driven Professional Development” at the Second International Conference on Leadership and Innovative Management in Academic Libraries in the Age of New Technology at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Hilary Bussell, eLearning librarian, delivered a workshop called “Assess for Success: Evaluating Library Services in Distance Education,” and a poster, “Bridging the Distance: Understanding the Research Needs of Distance Graduate Students” at the 2014 Distance Library Services Conference; as well as a presentation called “Mixed Methods Needs Assessment of Graduate Students in On-Campus and Online Programs,” at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Research Round Table Mentorship forum. Bussell was also selected to join the first cohort of scholars for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship at Loyola Marymount University, which offers training and support to librarians interested in conducting research.

Sherri Saines, instructional librarian, joined Bussell to present “Information Literacy and Feminist Pedagogy” at the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Ohio University Graduate Conference. Saines also delivered a presentation called “The Embedded Librarian in the Linguistics Classroom” at the 6th Annual Ohio University CALL Conference.

Janet Carleton, digital initiatives coordinator, was appointed to a number of positions, including co-chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting Host Committee for the Society of American Archivists and judge at the region 10 finals of National History Day in Ohio; and has been selected as a member of the Midwest Archives Conference Education Committee and the Ohio History Fund grant review panel. She also served as a commentator and moderator of a session titled “Managing the Syncopations of Socially Connected Collections” at the Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting.

Jessica Hagman, reference and instruction librarian, joined Carleton to author “Better Together: Collaborating with Students on Library Social Media,” which was recently published in Public Services Quarterly. Hagman also convened a discussion for the Association of College and Research Libraries’ marketing & outreach discussion group at the ALA’s Annual Conference on word of mouth marketing (WOMM).

Araba Dawson-Andoh, Africana librarian, presented a poster at the ALA’s Annual Conference entitled, “Cooperate, Preserve, Share: Improving Access to Primary Source Materials from Africa.

Eileen Theodore-Shusta, director of planning, assessment and organizational effectiveness, joined Dawson-Andoh to co-author an article titled “Engaging the Campus Community in Conversations on Diversity: Ohio University Libraries’ Culture Showcase Series,” which was published in the June 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries’ News.

Dr. Miriam Intrator, special collections librarian, received an honorable mention from the International Reading Association in its dissertation award competition for “Books Across Borders and Between Libraries,” the dissertation she completed for her doctorate in modern European history from the City University of New York. Intrator was also selected to attend “Understanding the Medieval Book,” a seminar sponsored by the University of South Carolina.

Derek Malone, senior library associate, delivered two presentations: “Simple Communication: How We’ve Changed Advertising, Request Forms, and Notifications to Make the Experience Easier on the Patron while Increasing our Transactions” at the Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference; and “Communicating Today: Strategies and Outlets for Getting your Message to Patrons and Student Employees” at the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Spring Support Staff Interest Group Workshop. Malone also displayed a poster titled “Creating a Help Station Where There Isn’t One,” which detailed the use of an iPad as a mobile public service assistance station, at the ILLiad International Conference.

A big thanks to the staff for all their efforts, and congratulations on being recognized as leaders in their fields.