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Kelvin Trefz joined the eStudent Services team as executive director in July 2016. Kelvin holds two degrees from Ohio State and has a background in education.

Before joining eStudent Services, Kelvin taught science and math to high school and college students. He also played a role in the creation of Ohio State’s former learning management system, Carmen.

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Every year, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) holds the World Library Information Congress and in 2016 the city of Columbus is opening its doors to library professionals from around the globe. In order to show our travelling colleagues the best time Columbus can offer, OhioLINK staff members recommended their favorite places around Columbus. 

 

The upcoming summer Olympics in Rio mark the 80th anniversary of Jesse Owens' historic performance in Berlin, Germany. Eighty years later, the Ohio Supercomputer Center – inspired by the Olympian’s speed – will name its newest (and fastest) supercomputer cluster after Owens, a decision that isn’t taken lightly by any stretch of the imagination. Take a look at our article recalling Owens' epic feat 80 years ago and how it still resonates in so many lives today. 

 

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress visits one of seven different global regions each year, with stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Lyon, France; Helsinki, Finland and San Juan, Puerto Rico in recent years. This year the congress lands in Columbus, Ohio. Here's how a local group brought it to the heart of Ohio and what to expect from this year's congress. 

The OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC) has undergone a rebuild in recent months and our new, upgraded version is slated to launch on Aug. 4, right around the corner. This new EJC will be a significant upgrade both in infrastructure and interface. The result is more accurate searching and an overall better experience for all of our users, as well as improved features for library staff who analyze and assess the content.  

When the Dell/Intel-Xeon Owens Cluster is completely up and running later this year, the Ohio Supercomputer Center will have deployed the most powerful supercomputer system in the 29-year history of the OSC.

However, before this new system can take off, there’s the significant undertaking of installing this sparkling new system. And to put it mildly, it’s not as simple as opening a laptop box and plugging it in.

What all does it take to set up the Owens Cluster? Get a great overview of this project in our newest blog. 

 

For small- to medium-sized companies to keep pace with both their customers and their competition, they need a technological advantage. That advantage might just be modeling, simulation and data analysis, and that's where AweSim comes in. But where exactly are we going? How can we get there? And how can we engage? 

The American Library Association (ALA) is not only the oldest but the largest library association in the world, dating back to 1876. So it stands to reason that attending the ALA’s annual conference is a must for those of us in the library industry because it brings every piece of what we do together in one location each year. Take a look at some of the takeways first-time attendee Erin Kilkenny experienced at this year's conference. 

 

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