What I Did On My Summer Vacation, Part II

by Kellie Tilton

Hi, again! Kellie Tilton, UCBA Librarian, back to give you part two of my Summer Vacation Library Adventures. If you miss the first one, it is available here!

Kellie and Becky posing in front of the EduLearn sign.
                              Our very official EduLearn portrait.

In July, I was fortunate enough to travel to Barcelona, Spain to present at the 2017 EduLearn Conference with Becky Leporati, my colleague in the Langsam Library. We had submitted two presentations for consideration and both were accepted. The first, A Flipped Classroom is an Inclusive Classroom, was about incorporating Universal Design into eLearning projects and the second, Format Choices are Content Choices, involved selecting the right format to design eLearning projects.

The conference itself was an international, with 80 countries represented. I met educators from the UK, South Africa, Sweden, Australia and more and was able to learn so much about the similarities and differences in our approach to technology in education.

It was also my first trip to Spain and it was absolutely beautiful. I took a few days of vacation so I was able to visit Madrid and Toledo, as well. All three cities were awe-inspiring, the people were friendly and welcoming and taking in the culture and heritage of Spain there only made me want to go back again.

It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful I was able to present and attend!

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New and Returning Library Student Assistants Are Ready To Serve

The UCBA Library is pleased to welcome five new student assistants for the 2017-2018 school year. They are joined by five returning student assistants. Together, they assist students, staff and faculty by answering general questions about the library and its policies, checking materials in and out, facilitating study room usage, and providing instruction on how to use the various tools and resouces available in the library.

Group of library student assistants standing at the information desk.
UCBA Library Student Assistants

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part 1

By Kellie Tilton

Kellie Tilton taking a photo in front of the Bean.
Paid a visit to The Bean while in Chicago!

Hi, all! Kellie Tilton, UCBA Librarian, here to tell you a bit about how I spent my summer vacation. As luck would have it, I was lucky enough to have two pretty major library-related trips this summer. This is all about the first one.

Back in February, I told you about my trip to the American Library Association’s MidWinter Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, my fellow committee members on the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Alex Award and myself were tasked with selecting ten winners of our award. It was so rewarding to see the amazing feedback based on the list we talked, debated and voted on.

At ALA’s Annual Conference this past June, the 2017 Committee gathered again to honor those award winners. We were lucky enough to have six of our ten authors in attendance and they were all charming, wonderful and hilarious in the speeches they gave. After that, there was a massive author signing. It was an amazing end to over a year of work.

People in line at the YALSA book signing.
Our fabulous authors signing their fabulous books!
Cover of Die Young With Me book.
One of our winners gives an Alex Award shout out in the new printing.

Simultaneously, I was also meeting with the 2018 Alex Award Committee. (Committee appointments are two years long!) Once again, we gathered in a hotel conference room to discuss the massive amount of books we’ve been reading, all with the aim to award the 10 best with the Alex Award next year. I’m looking forward to experiencing the entire whirlwind again!

If you’re interested in seeing the our ten winners, the list is here!

Welcome New Library Operations Manager, Elizabeth Sullivan

by Heather Maloney

The UCBA Library team welcomes Elizabeth Sullivan as the new Library Operations Manager. Elizabeth brings over 5 years of experience from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County including her role as a branch manager. She also comes directly to us from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden where she was the Manager of Member Experience and Fun (yes, she met Fiona!).

Elizabeth Sullivan
                        UCBA Library Operations Manager, Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth will be managing the daily operations of the library to ensure high quality service and support for faculty, staff and students. We’re so excited to welcome Elizabeth to the UCBA Library Team!

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