Volume 15,  Volume 15, Issue 2

Staff News

peoplePeople – the second pillar of our Strategic Plan – has as its goal to “transform the evolving role of the information professional.” We will accomplish this by becoming more dynamically engaged partners with colleges, departments and units —integrating new methods for collecting, accessing, utilizing and preserving streams of data and information in support of the teaching and research mission of the university. We will become leaders in defining the changing role of academic libraries in the global library community. Below are some of the activities the UC Libraries staff have engaged in recently as we work to expand our active engagement in research, teaching, learning and clinical practice.


Lori Harris, assistant director of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, co-authored: Dunn K, Deardorff A, Foster ED, Harris LE. “Pilot implementation of a leadership framework in the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program”. Library Leaderships and Management.  2016; 31(1): 8.

Ben Kline, assistant director of the Research, Teaching and Services Department, had poems published in:

  • KNACK Magazine, April 2016
  • Birds Piled Loosely, July 2016
  • apt, December 2016

Bill McMillin, digital metadata librarian, published along with Sally Gibson and Jean MacDonald, “Mapping the stacks: Sustainability and user experience of animated maps in library discovery interfaces.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship Vol. 28 , Iss. 4, 2016.

Conference Participation

Susan Banoun, associate senior librarian and head of the electronic resources department, and Don Jason, clinical informationist, participated on the panel “Academic Libraries Spearheading Diversity and Cultural Initiatives on University Campuses” at The National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16), co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries, held on the UCLA campus on August 10-13, 2016. http://ndlc.info/

At the same conference, Don Jason and Meshia Anderson, acquisitions specialist, participated on the panel “Being the Bridge: Exploring the Roles, Challenges, and Future Directions of Diversity Committees in Libraries.”

Ben Kline
Ben Kline performing at Cincy StoryTellers. Photo from the Cincinnati Enquirer

Ben Kline, assistant director of the Research, Teaching and Services Department, spoke at The Cincinnati Enquirer’s seventh edition of the Cincy Story Teller’s Project – http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2016/08/04/storytellers-share-their-biggest-mistakes/88061904/ . Held August 3, the evening’s theme was “My Biggest Mistake,” and six speakers took to the stage to share their stories. Ben spoke about his journey to the realization that his “twang was not a problem, it was a gift.”

Amy Koshoffer, science informationist, attended the Midwest Data Librarian Symposium in October held at the University of Michigan.  At the conference, she gave a lightning talk titled “The Many Roles of an Institutional Repository” about the collaboration between Scholar@UC repository developers and Nan Niu, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Debbie Tenosky, head of the Research, Teaching and Services Department, and Becki Leporati, digital literacy fellow, presented “Active Learning: College Success Skills” at the Learning & Teaching @ UC event in October.

In October 2016, a group of UC Librarians attended the annual Academic Library Association (ALAO) conference, “User Experience: Exceeding Expectations By Design.” In a panel presentation, Leveraging Change to Transform Our Teaching Practice, Pam Bach, undergraduate research and teaching librarian, and Olga Hart, coordinator of library instruction, shared how UC Libraries took advantage of multiple changes such as the unveiling of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, the upgrade of Libguides and classroom redesign, to transform the way we teach online and in person. The presentation included a case study of a year-long process redesigning our research guides to enhance content based on the threshold concepts from the ACRL Framework, incorporate responsive and accessible design, and reflect our pedagogical practices. https://scholar.uc.edu/show/bc386r63c

Since the conference, they received a request for their workshop notes by one of the attendees for inclusion in a literature review on LibGuides best practices that will be used in planning a workshop by the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana; quote from attendee: “your session stood out because of the testing process and how holistic it was.”

The conference was a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues across the state and beyond. In December we followed up with a visit to Xavier University Library. During this visit we toured the library, including the Maker Space, met with our counterparts and shared our challenges and accomplishments.


Jessica Ebert, conservation technician, has been accepted into the Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) course sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Taught by the Cultural Heritage Imaging nonprofit corporation, the four-day course will be taught at Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Culture Heritage, April 4-7, 2017.

RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and color and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s surface shape and color attributes. The enhancement functions of RTI reveal surface information that is not disclosed under direct empirical examination of the physical object. Learn more at http://culturalheritageimaging.org/Technologies/RTI/

Becki Leporati, digital literacy fellow, received an ACRL 2017 Early-career Librarian Scholarship to attend the annual conference in Baltimore this March. (http://conference.acrl.org/scholarships/early/)

Peter Poulos, computer and information analyst, will read “A New Source of Molinaro’s Motectorum quinis, liber primus (1597)” at the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, IL, March, 30 – April 1, 2017.

Eira Tansey, digital archivist, has been selected as a ALI17 cohort member. The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is being hosted at Berea College for the years 2016-2018. ALI will provide advanced training for 25 archival leaders each year, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.