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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OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection

Located in Campbell Hall on The Ohio State University campus, the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection is truly a gem in the university’s crown. The collection, part of OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, was established by Ohio State faculty in the 1920s and has grown through donations and acquisitions into an expansive collection of nearly 12,000 items.

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Clothing, arranged by decade in the climate controlled archive

The collection includes an array of items, including clothing, buttons and accessories dating back to the mid-18th century and some textiles go back much further Рthe oldest European items dating to 1450-1510 and pre-Columbian South American  to the 9th-11th century.  These pieces provide a rich perspective into the evolution of culture over time. Students, faculty and visitors can study the changing fashions of men, women and children from around the world, lending insight into the culture of the times and bringing to life periods of history in a unique way.

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Curator Gayle Strege shows off some of her favorite pieces

Gayle Strege, collection curator, joined the university in 1996 and has played an instrumental role in creating digital access, improving organization and preservation, and curating engaging exhibits to highlight the importance of the collection. Gayle, whose background includes theater costuming¬† and museum work, is passionate about textiles and fascinated with the way items are constructed. She enjoys helping students discover connections between the garment and the history of the individuals who created and wore it. The collection is frequently studied by the 20th Century Fashion History course, offered in the Fashion/Retail Studies major. Courses including Women in Modern Europe (History), Women and Gender in the US (History) and Children and Childhood in the Western World (History), Art History, Education and English Literature are a few of the other classes that access the collection to create a deeper understanding of the cultures and subjects they study. Students visit the collection in person and can access many items on the collection’s website, which provides detailed images and background information.

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Buttons are categorized by color, size, type and other attributes on large cards

The collection also contains an assortment of over 25,000 buttons which were gifted to the university by former Battelle librarian Ann Rudolph. The buttons are organized on cards by a variety of characteristics, including size, shape, color and material and provide an ongoing project for the collections caretakers – photographing and cataloging them for future enthusiasts!

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All Wrapped Up: An Example of Fashionable Outerwear will run through April 2017

The Historic Costume and Textile Collection operates a gallery in Campbell Hall.¬† The current exhibit celebrates a variety of fashionable outerwear, providing a rich “history of fashion in the shape of capes, coats, and cloaks”. Past exhibits include bridal fashion and Columbus’ fashion story.¬† The gallery is free and open to the public and we highly recommend visiting.

The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textile Collection is amazing and culturally important, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the technical aspects, aesthetics and social meaning of apparel and textiles.

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Grove City Library

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In October 2016, Grove City Library opened the doors of a beautiful new building and welcomed the community into an open, vibrant environment designed to provide a functional, safe and flexible space to customers for years to come. The community responded enthusiastically to the opening of the new building — the library saw an uptick of over 1,500 new library cards registered in November 2016 over November 2015!

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The library offers plenty of quiet space, in addition to gathering spaces

 

Grove City Library, a member of the Southwest Public Libraries, was founded in 1917 by the Women’s Civic Club of Grove City. Southwest Public Libraries is the second largest library system in Franklin county, serving more than 130,000 people over 127 square miles.

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Assistant Director Bethanne Johnson

Assistant Director Bethanne Johnson manages the daily operations of the library and helped oversee the construction of the new building. She graciously provided our tour of the space and pointed out key design features, including modular furniture equipped with power outlets, new meeting spaces, study rooms and a dynamic youth service department. Johnson, who has been with the library for 32 years, helped to oversee the redesign and relocation of the library. She shared that she loves her job, the people she works with and the people she serves. She enjoys the community and the opportunity to share in the lives of her patrons.

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Non-fiction selection, overlooking the youth services department

The library’s new design succeeds in keeping books as a key feature of the space.¬† Bookshelves are abundant, but do not interrupt the open feel of the library.

The versatile meeting room can seat up to 400 guests and is ideal for hosting summer reading programs, community events and special programming like the Military History program. The meeting room, as well as many of the study spaces feature state-of-the art technology, including smart boards and projector screens.

Harper’s Grove, the youth services department made possible by a generous gift from the family of the library’s first librarian, Irene Harper, is cleverly designed to reflect the library logo’s tree theme. The space incorporates work and play areas for children and parents of all ages. Learning centers are integrated into the collections to create a fun space for playing, discovery and literacy.

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A look inside the library

The library partners with and provides space for a wide array of community organizations, including Scholastic Book presentations, the Summer Scribblers writing program, Grove City Writers Group, school programs and civic organizations.¬† The library’s new location in the Grove City Town Center puts it at the heart of many community events. The library participates in Arts in the Alley and the Town Center Christmas Parade and hosts a holiday event featuring Santa Claus and the Signs of Christmas chorus.

Cbus Libraries Co-Founder Andrea Dixon grew up with and worked for Grove City Library.¬† The library’s transformation of space, thoughtfulness of design and generosity of services are an amazing improvement and wonderful gift to the Grove City community.

 

 

Oberlin College Conservatory Library

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This month‚Äôs feature on Oberlin College Libraries is a special traveling, two-part series.¬† This second installment focuses particularly on Oberlin’s Conservatory Library.¬† Please see our first part here.


The Conservatory Library¬†at Oberlin College¬†serves as a lively central hub for the college’s four music buildings.¬† Students meet, collaborate and even sing throughout the library.¬† In fact, while we toured the library, we heard a group of students working through and harmonizing on a music piece!

The library was created soon after¬†Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s inauguration in 1865, making the conservatory the oldest continuously operating conservatory of music in the United States.¬† The current library¬†building¬†was constructed in 1963 and has undergone several enhancements. In 2000, the library’s collection was considerably expanded and a second story with high density shelving was added.¬† In 2010, the library obtained a vault for the library’s incredible special collections, and in 2015 the Conservatory Library Special Collections Reading Room was opened.

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Conservatory Librarian Deborah Campana shares a moment in the library’s sunny atrium

Conservatory Librarian Deborah Campana noted the library is an essential partner to the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music .¬†The library ranks among the largest academic music libraries with approximately 270,000 items, including 80,000 sound recordings, 127,000 musical scores and almost 63,000 books about music.¬† Specialized online databases and¬† computers equipped with composition software expand students’ discovery and technical expertise.¬† The library continues to actively collect in the area of women musicians as well as ethnic, folk, jazz and other genres.

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Exhibit featuring the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection

The Conservatory Library’s amazing special collections, managed by Jeremy Smith, contain rare materials from the 1500s through today. The collection comprises of a wide array of recordings, music manuscripts, autographs, photographs, engravings, paintings, posters, playbills and instruments.¬† Jeremy oversees the ongoing digitization of the collections and creates engaging exhibits throughout Oberlin College’s campus.

The Conservatory Library at Oberlin College is a vibrant, musical space and a gem within the college.

Oberlin College Libraries

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This month’s feature on Oberlin College Libraries is a special traveling, two-part series.¬† Please join us on October 17th when we explore the libraries further, particularly the Oberlin College Conservatory Library.


Oberlin College, located in northern Ohio,¬†celebrates¬†a rich history of providing excellent equality in education.¬† The college,¬†founded in 1833,¬†was the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit African American students and the first to grant bachelor‚Äôs degrees to women in a coeducational program.¬† The¬†city of Oberlin has a long history of supporting racial justice, including when the town banded together with neighboring Wellington to keep runaway slave, John Price, free.¬†In addition to providing exceptional service to students, the Oberlin College Library helps to preserve the college’s history and educate students¬†on the history of the institution through their amazing collections.¬†¬†As a result of their shared history with the city, the college¬†maintains¬†an impressive collection of abolitionist¬†materials and original records.

“From¬†it’s inception, the school represents education and social justice. The library is the steward of that¬†concept” – Alexia Hudson-Ward.

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Library Director Alexia Hudson-Ward and Head of Special Collections Ed Vermue show pieces from their abolitionist collection – slave stocks and chains leave a powerful impression when you feel the weight and learn the story

Hudson-Ward joined Oberlin College as the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries in July of 2016 and oversees the college’s four libraries – the main Mudd Center library and the arts, science and conservatory libraries.¬†¬†The library’s founding¬†director, Azariah Smith Root, was¬†a visionary and¬†thought leader¬†behind the concept¬†of bibliographic instruction who also held leadership roles with the American¬†Library Association.

Hudson-Ward explained that the college’s 3,000 students have access to all of the libraries and visit them depending on which unique atmosphere suits their needs.¬† The Mudd Center library serves as a meeting place and student union, the art library provides hands on learning opportunities, the conservatory library is musical and often students are found singing in the stacks and the science library is a silent study space.

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Commemorative gateway in front of the art museum and library

Head of Special Collections Ed Vermue discussed the power of physical objects in the library collection.  Library staff are working to increase the use of haptic learning by delivering physical objects from their archives into the hands of students. These experiences engage students in learning and often lead them to explore other materials including documents and manuscripts. Oberlin is exploring methods to capture the essence of what is lost in the digitization process and to display materials while making them part of a readily available collection.

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Fully functioning media viewers are part of the library archives and special collection

The library has also been tasked with documenting the biography of President Marvin Krislov, who will depart the college at the end of the academic year. As the first “digital president,” the library will explore methods for capturing his presence on the campus through his social media and other digital communications.

Hudson-Ward is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. As someone new to the campus, she enjoys seeing the greatness of the college and its libraries through fresh eyes and sharing her enthusiasm with her team, students and library visitors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nationwide Children‚Äôs Hospital Library

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NCH Librarians Linda DeMuro, Susan Jones, Alison Gehred and Susi Miller

The Grant Morrow III, MD Medical Library is an essential resource for Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). Located on the¬†second floor of the hospital’s education building, the library provides research and reference services for the¬†hospital staff, including¬†nurses, physicians and allied health personnel. Additionally, the library locates and delivers resources, provides workspaces, manages materials, partners in¬†interlibrary loan services and proctors tests for hospital employees.

Established in 1953, the library has a tremendous archive dating back to when the hospital was founded¬†in 1892. Ohio State University¬†librarian and consultant, Kristin Rodgers, is assisting with archiving the preservation of historic documents, including the hospital’s first patients’ records.

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Materials from the library’s archives are being sorted and preserved

 

The library is actually a branch of The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library, which provides access to a wide variety of publications and shared resources. NCH’s collection includes an impressive 16,000 volumes and 260 subscriptions.

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Some of the rare books within the NCH’s collection

 

Active partners in the hospital’s work, librarians provide important research assistance, validating sources and finding answers to unusual questions like “what are the risks to a child who has drunk citronella oil?” Librarians equip¬†hospital staff with research and technology training and assist with processing a monthly “Ask a Specialist” email, which informs Columbus pediatrics about a variety of health care questions.¬†These services produce an extended value and help the hospital achieve its strategic plan of finding¬†journeys to best outcomes. Library Director Linda DeMuro noted the library has received years of positive feedback, further illustrating their value within the system.

 

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A play area in the Family Health Information Center

 

In addition to information services, the library serves as a workspace and informal gathering area for hospital employees. Meeting rooms can be reserved via the hospital’s central scheduling program, and the library features a¬†patio overlooking the hospital’s park where employers can work, eat lunch or just enjoy the view.

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View of the park from the library’s patio

 

On the first floor of the education building, the library maintains the Family Health Information Center (FHIC). Open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. each weekday, the information center gives families access to health information.¬† There are also children’s books, magazines and a quiet space for families to spend time. The FHIC also partners with the Blue Jackets Family Resource Center to provide a variety of services to promote “family centered care”.

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Parents and patients have access to a variety of multimedia resources at the Family Health Information Center

 

The secret is out – Linda DeMuro, Director

The library’s services continue to gain popularity as the¬†hospital staff learn about their offerings, as DeMuro put it, “the secret is out.” The Grant Morrow III, MD Medical Library is an important and respected partner of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Pickerington Public Library

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Adult Services Manager Donna Matturri shows some of her favorite reads

Pickerington Public Library kicks off it’s summer reading program this month and on June 11¬†will host the third annual Teen Book Fest, an opportunity for readers to meet award-winning authors, like Gene Luen Yang, participate in workshops and enjoy a day of¬† reading celebration. ¬†These events follow on the heels of the¬†library’s Big Comic Show in May and¬†are just¬†a few¬†of¬†examples of the exciting services the library offers to create valuable experiences and opportunities for their customers.

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The Big Comic Show featured over twenty Ohio artists

Librarian and Adult Services Manager Donna Matturri shared some of the amazing programs and services provided by the library. The library caters to a broad audience by providing a variety of services and programs geared toward all ages.

Adult services offerings include Reader’s Advisory and Staff Picks. Customers are invited to email library staff directly and are provided with personalized reading lists, based on personal preference. The library offers an array of programs for interest groups, ranging from book clubs to crafts, financial advice and lunch and learn programs.

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Youth Services librarians Carol and April representing for the Big Comic Show

The Homework Help Center is not only a space for students to study and receive tutoring, the staff also offers afternoon ACT and SAT preparation programs and partners with Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School to provide job prep and computer literacy classes.

The library features a dynamic youth services department, complete with its own mascot, Violet the Cow, designed by local artist Will Roland, who attends community events as a library ambassador. The enthusiastic group of children’s services librarians are attuned to their audience and provide programming to capture attention, including programs centered around Minecraft, Angry Birds, Lego and an annual Princess and Superhero costume party.¬†Another popular program is Dog Tales, which, in partnership with the county animal shelter, pairs dogs with children who can¬†practice reading aloud to a furry audience.

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A farm themed entrance to the children’s department

The passion and creativity of the library’s staff create a vibrant and welcoming environment. Staff cares about the community they serve.¬†They pay attention¬†and react to the interests of their customers and are rewarded with an engaged and supportive audience. Donna shared that¬†she¬†loves her job, thanks to a¬†great staff¬†who make¬†the work¬†easy and happy¬†customers who make it wonderful.

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