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Cataloging can be a very daunting task, especially if you’re relatively new to the game. Every vendor has different channels in which you need to maneuver through to finally get all your content in the right order in your catalog. At a recent Ohio Library Council Tech Services Retreat, OhioLINK’s Emily Flynn gave a presentation that shed some light on the quality of the vendor records we receive and how she best moves through cataloging.

The democratization of Computer Aided Engineering was a hot topic at the recent 2016 NAFEMS meeting in Seattle. And while many approaches to wider access to modeling and simulation are emerging, a clear path hasn't quite been decided upon yet. One thing that is clear is AweSim plans to be part of the solution, here's how: 


Collaboration, innovation and creative design are a few ways OhioLINK and member libraries inspire students, staff, faculty and researchers to develop new art, music and mechanical contraptions. Recently, an installation of musical stairs, an impressive example of collaboration, was on display at Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library.

Did you know Ohio has the largest single state collaborative of eTutoring across the continent? That’s because there is a great deal of support for a program that began as a grass roots collaborative effort and has blossomed across the state.

Understanding how a collaborative offers a cost-efficient and effective model for an eTutoring program was the focal point of a presentation eStudent Services delivered at the recent Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning (ACTLA) Conference. The presentation was titled, “Chronicles of Ohio’s eTutoring Collaborative and Steps to Start Your State’s Collective.”  

The 27th Summer Institute is less than a week away, meaning 16 high school students from across Ohio are about to descend on the Ohio Supercomputer Center. As we enter the final countdown to the camp, it's the perfect time to let the incoming students know what to expect from the two-week camp. And while we can share with you what to pack and the daily schedule, there are some other things incoming students should definitely know to make the experience smoother and better. 

Recently, AweSim Director Alan Chalker had the opportunity to sit in on Desktop Engineering's roundtable discussion, "Supercomputing for the Rest of Us." The goal of the roundtable was to discuss the democratization of high performance computing modeling and simulation. It turned out to be an excellent platform to continue to spread the word about how the AweSim program is working to lower the perception and reality of exclusivity to this powerful tool, from which all manufacturers can benefit. 

In order to contribute to our never-ending quest for a great user experience, I recently attended and presented at Designing for Digital, a conference specifically for those working on user experience issues in libraries. For me, this conference was not only an opportunity to present the work we’re doing at OhioLINK, but also a chance to learn from others engaged in similar efforts.

Conferences are wonderful experiences for a number of different reasons: Growing skillsets, networking with prominent though-leaders and experiencing new ways of conducting business. All of these are summed up by one thought, improvement. Recently, members of eStudent Services attended the annual ACTLA conference and the takeaways were more than anticipated. Take a look at Mitch Wilson's recent blog post on the conference and the benefits with which the eStudent Services team came away. 

I recently spent an afternoon tinkering around in the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Interface Lab. What felt to me like a mind-opening trip to a video game playground is actually a hub of innovation and groundbreaking discovery for computer and medical scientists. This second of three installments details the Virtual Temporal Bone project.


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