Ohio School for the Deaf Library

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Established in 1829, the Ohio School for the Deaf serves students from all over Ohio who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The school has over 200 students from preschool age through high school and also offers a program for graduates called 4PLUS, which helps young adults transition to life after school.

 

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Ohio School for the Deaf library staff Tatum Cook and Nancy Boone

Librarian Nancy Boone began her career with the school as a teacher and worked with students in elementary, junior high and high school before taking on the role of librarian. With help from Library Assistant Tatum Cook, Nancy provides opportunities and programming for all of the students at the school. Tatum joined the library staff earlier this year and is a graduate of Ohio School for the Deaf. She previously worked in the preschool. Student workers also assist with shelving and other tasks around the library.

 

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The OSD Library is a bright, welcoming space for students to enjoy

The OSD Library was built in 2013 and features ample natural lighting, open space and plenty of room for books. Nancy was able to reduce the collection size by using more digital reference tools, but noted that the collection of graphic novels has boomed since she’s been with the library.

Class groups visit the library regularly throughout the week to check out books, work on their reading skills and enjoy story time. They provide programming for high school classes as well, such as information literacy for students studying journalism. The library maintains a flexible schedule to accommodate all levels of students and is open after school hours for the students who live on campus during the week.

 

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Library goldfish greet visitors

Nancy and Tatum create eye-catching, fun displays to engage students, and collections are marked with bright visual aids, allowing students to easily locate materials and navigate the library. The library features a large story time area, where books are read in sign language and acted out by Nancy and Tatum for the enjoyment of the students.

 

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The history of Ohio School for the Deaf is part of the deaf collection

The library maintains a large collection of deaf materials, including books and videos related to deafness, sign language, education and culture. The library also offers DVDs and materials developed by the Shared Reading Project and designed to help parents and tutors of deaf children effectively share books with their children.

The fun environment, special collection and range of services provided by the staff make the library at Ohio School for the Deaf incredibly special.

 

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Matthew Dyer Joins Cbus Libraries’ Board

Contacts:
Bryan Loar, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
bryan [at] cbuslibraries.com

Andrea Dixon, Co-Founder
Cbus Libraries
dixon [at] cbuslibraries.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 9, 2017—Cbus Libraries, a grassroots initiative to champion libraries and the love of reading, is thrilled to welcome Matthew R. Dyer as its newest board member.

Matthew has over 10 years of public sector HR-related experience. In 2005, Matthew began working for the State of Ohio and has worked for several state agencies, including the State Library of Ohio as HR Manager. He is currently the Training Academy Program Director at the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. Matthew leads a team of seven who support over 4,700 fiscal professionals and over 10,000 end-users.

Matthew earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree with concentration in management as well as dual Bachelor of Science degrees in human resources management and business administration. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu, serves on the Ohio Library Council Human Resources and Trainer Division and has been recognized for excellence by numerous organizations. He and his husband, Michael, live in the Westgate neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio.

“Matthew is a perfect fit for Cbus Libraries. His tireless work in the community through OLC, Pecha Kucha Columbus and other endeavors are an inspiration,” said Bryan Loar, Co-Founder, Cbus Libraries.

Cbus Libraries warmly welcomes Matthew and is excited to continue to build engaging, community-based projects.

About Cbus Libraries
Cbus Libraries’ mission is to champion libraries, library professionals and the love of reading.  Co-founded by two librarians, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, Cbus Libraries reaches more than 6,000 online followers worldwide and features a Central Ohio library every month. In 2017, Cbus Libraries incorporated as a nonprofit and is currently working to obtain 501(c)(3) status. Learn more at www.cbuslibraries.com.

Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library

Meeting the needs of over 100,000 visitors each term, Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library is a an energetic team in a multifaceted space.

 

The academic library contributes to the university’s teaching, learning and research in several ways. By creating a 21st century learning environment that is flexible, the Courtright maximizes its existing space and fosters collaboration. Upgraded tables, seating and computers provide a platform for student success. A repurposed card catalog, the Catalog of Dreams, fosters creative writing and poetry prompts. Rotating displays give academic departments, campus-wide programs like Otterbein’s Common Book, alumni authors and current students more ways to connect and inspire.

 

By strategically listening and acting, the Courtright Library meets the needs of a modern population.  Library users today are much different than those from when the library was built in 1972.  Over the summer, the library installed significantly more outlets in study areas and provided tabletop extensions with USB ports to accommodate users’ devices.

 

Library Director Tiffany Lipstreu, Assistant Professor Jessica Crossfield McIntosh, Administrative Assistant Kirsten Peninger and the rest of Courtright’s team, provide world-class service to all.  Academic librarians offer individual consultations by appointment to students at all levels.  Further, the library assigns liaisons to academic centers and departments, deepening the library’s relationship with the university. Librarians, like Jessica, have also participated in foreign exchange programs and have shared their new knowledge with the Otterbein community as well as nationally through the Association of College & Research Libraries.

 

The Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library is an incredible resource to the university and the community at large. With an active friends of the library group; co-location of important university providers such as Otterbein’s Academic Support Center, Center for Teaching and Learning, and University Archives; and a developing partnership with the Westerville Public Library, the Courtright is a dynamic, 21st century library that nurtures critical thinking skills for life-long learners.

 

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Back to School

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end and school will start again in a few short weeks. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to meet with wonderful school and academic librarians from a variety of institutions.

We thought it would be fun to look back and to catch up with some of our friends at school libraries to learn about their plans for the 2017-18 school year.
 

Dr. Christina Dorr, media specialist at Hilliard Weaver Middle School, is ramping up for the school year with Cat Days, a two-day orientation that helps students explore the building, learn their schedules and pick up their school books and iPads. The library helps manage the school’s one 2 one program, offering students technical support for their iPads. Once school is in session, Dr. Dorr will provide library orientation classes to incoming middle schoolers and refresh upperclassmen on the library’s role. She provides the students with information about how to access the library’s collections, check out material and ebooks, and opportunities to volunteer and participate in library events.

In October, the school will welcome award winning author Jason Reynolds. In preparation for the event, students have been reading his books and some even met over the summer discuss his works at the local Starbucks.  Dr. Dorr is working in collaboration with other teachers to engage the students in anticipation of the event and has planned a number of fun activities that will excite them make for fantastic event.

Dr. Dorr is also looking forward to working with student groups, including the book club, Books and Brownies, and the newly established Gay/Straight Alliance. Dr. Dorr is enthusiastic and energized for the new school year. Her students are sure to have a fantastic year!

Windermere Elemetary School librarian Shannon Hemmelgarn is excited to begin another school year too! Her summer activities have included efforts to keep students reading year-round with the use of social media and in-person book chats. Her summer reading included “Refugee” by Alan Gratz and “Return to Sender” by Julia Alvarez, middle grade stories that tackle issues in today’s world. Shannon shared that this reading can be used to help approach tough topics and start important conversations with youth.

The new school year promises plenty of excitement for Windermere Elementary. Shannon has been working on new curriculum for her students to help improve their information literacy skills (and avoid “fake news”), digital citizenship and responsible technology use. Shannon has partnered with the youth services librarian at Upper Arlington Public Library to provide a story hour for kindergartners and their families. She will work with students of all grades to engage them and reintroduce them to the library.

In April, the district will welcome author and storyteller Mac Barnett. Library lessons will help prepare and engage students for this exciting event. Shannon is also organizing a family reading program, inviting students and their families to read Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. The program includes activities and contests and will commence with a viewing of the movie. Shannon’s excitement for the year to come is contagious – her students are in for a fun school year!

Thank you to all that are creating learning centers of excellence–we wish everyone a fantastic year!  Additionally, check out these other amazing school & academic libraries we’ve featured:

CCAD Packard Library

Columbus State Community College Library

Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School

Leigh Bonds & OSU Libraries

Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library

The Ohio State University Fine Arts Library

Oberlin College Libraries

Oberlin College Conservatory Library

OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

OSU Byrd Polar Archive

OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection

Pontifical College Josephinum Library

Little Libraries 2017

We are excited to announce that United Way of Central Ohio has funded another two little free libraries for our Libraries Everywhere program!

This year we are collaborating with the King Arts Complex to honor artist Aminah Robinson.  We project to have the little free library in place at King Arts by early autumn, and we’re thrilled to be working with artist and former Robinson mentee, Bryan Christopher Moss, to paint Aminah’s portrait on the library.

Our second UWCO-funded little free library will go into Columbus’ Milo-Grogan neighborhood.  We are currently in discussion with resident and Melanincholy Fest Founder Apollo Akembe to bring to life a unique library honoring a special, long-time resident of the area, his grandmother.

For both libraries, we will partner again with Rebuilding Together Central Ohio and Half Price Books.  We are also excited for a new collaboration with The Conscious Connect to ensure we continue to provide diverse materials for a diverse audience.

 

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Last July, we featured some amazing little libraries and community leaders who helped create them.  Our Street Art Library was born from a partnership with Transit Columbus and Placemakes for their Cherry Street project.  We are excited for our Street Art Library to be placed near The Lookout Shop starting this August.

 

We also started mapping little libraries beyond what is recorded at LittleFreeLibrary.org, and we encourage others to continue to add to our Little Library Google Map.

 

This year, we had an incredible experience at Columbus, Ohio’s Community Festival (ComFest).  We are honored that our Eco Library was chosen to receive funding from ComFest among such important community peers like Camp Lionheart and others.

We had an estimated 500+ conversations with festival participants, and we reached thousands who walked by or viewed our online posts.  We were touched by the stories that participants shared with us like how the book Double Fudge transformed a young man’s life and how a being born and raised (BAR) by a black single mother (BAR) inspired another man.

In addition to the grant, the Eco Library was made possible by the generosity and a ton of sweat equity by Half Price Books (Jeff Heydinger), The Lookout Shop (Justin Withrow), Lucida Dynamics (Doug Houdeshell) and Rebuilding Together Central Ohio (their entire amazing staff).

 

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We are thrilled that the Eco Library’s permanent home is now with 934 Gallery.  The gallery focuses on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art through exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, installations, performances and public art projects.  Come meet Cbus Libraries’ co-founder, Bryan Loar, at this year’s 934 Fest on July 22 as we dedicate the library in honor of Daniel Sebastian Loper.


We are humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response to our little libraries, and we are inspired by the creativity and personal stories of our communities.  We hope to see you soon!

 

 

ComFest Eco Library

 

 

We are excited to participate for the first time in Columbus, Ohio’s Community Festival! ComFest is a“a free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers.” Meet Cbus Libraries’ founders, Andrea Dixon and Bryan Loar, and visit the Eco Library June 23-25 at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio.

 

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The Eco Library is a little free library that promotes environmentalism and sustainability.  The library illustrates a tale of two cities, one sustainable and the other not.  The sustainable city features a green roof, natural moss exterior and a rain collection system. On the reverse, the Eco Library unites local street art, a bench encouraging discussion and space for the community to create their own art.

Our Eco Library aligns with ComFest’s purpose by

  • Being a testament to collaboration for the collective good
  • Promoting basic necessities like clean air, water and soil as well as access to high-quality books
  • Advancing reading and libraries while giving citizens the necessary resources to conduct their lives with environmental harmony
  • Informing participants that our actions have direct consequences and begin changing behaviors

Click on our flyer to learn more about features and resources

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We are exited to announce that the Eco Library is now permanently placed at 934 Gallery! The gallery focuses on bringing a fresh perspective to contemporary art through exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions, installations, performances and public art projects. The Eco Library is now dedicated to the life of Daniel Sebastian Loper, the gallery’s former director of operations. Visit the library and give & take a book at 934 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43201.


 

 

Our Eco Library is made possible through a generous grant from ComFest and the support of several collaborators.  We are thrilled to partner with Half Price Books, The Lookout Shop, Lucida Dynamics, Michael Creath and Rebuilding Together of Central Ohio.

Columbus Business First

Columbus Business First provides valuable business, leadership and industry information.  Central Ohioans and those seeking to learn more can use the news to make important business decisions, understand industry front runners and learn more about Central Ohio executives and rising leaders. The paper, owned by American City Business Journals (ACBJ), offers an insightful weekly publication and a variety of other resources including The Book of Lists, Forty Under 40 awards, daily and breaking news emails and other business awards.

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Columbus Business First monthly publications

Research Director Robin Smith creates, edits and manages the paper’s many lists which are featured in weekly publications and collected annually to form The Book of Lists.  Robin leverages the company’s proprietary database, commercial databases, public records and online surveys to gather and analyze data for the lists. Topics for the list are decided by Robin, the editorial staff and ACBJ. In 2016, The Book of Lists contained 72 lists, but the number varies from year to year, depending on the market and relevant topics. June’s featured list explores Ohio’s Craft Brewers.

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Reception at Columbus Business First

Robin shared her process for creating the lists. She sends surveys to businesses in the category of the list she is building six weeks in advance of the list’s publication date, and she follows up several times to ensure that the companies can participate. Information is self reported by the companies and verified through research and comparison from previous years. Lists are based on quantitative data and vary depending on the industry. Often, Robin works with the editorial staff when creating a list and stories related to the list subject are run in the same issue.

The job requires understanding and processing large amounts of data. Robin noted the largest list she complied examined 850 companies! As a member of an investigative reporting organization, she has learned new tips and tricks to help manage these kinds of data-intensive projects.

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Research Director Robin Smith

Robin began her career in graphic design and worked with Business First as an ad designer for six years. Later, she performed freelance research services and co-authored Ohio Then & Now: Contemporary Rephotography. Her research and time in libraries and archives sparked her interest, which led her to complete her master’s degree in library science.

Robin enjoys that her work provides difficult to attain information, demonstrating a valuable skill for many businesses and individuals. In addition to her research, she leads classes for Columbus Business First subscribers on how to harness the power of The Book of Lists. Interaction with users gives her the opportunity to learn first-hand the value of her work. One small business owner featured in the minority-owned business list shared her company’s clients significantly increased after being featured. Now that’s making a positive difference!

Companies and individuals use Columbus Business First’s information for sales, recruiting, purchasing decisions and many other research purposes.  The work of Robin Smith and Columbus Business First is crucial for many in our community.

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