New Series: Blasts from the Past Found in CRS Clean Up

Found while cleaning up in CRS in advance of new carpet. 


From William Abbatt, Publisher, New York        July 10, 1904

Dear Mr. Root,

Aren’t our books American enough for Oberlin?  […]


My dear Mr. Abbatt:

Your books are American enough for Oberlin, but your price is altogether too aristocratic, and this is the reason why we do not purchase.

Sincerely yours,

Azariah Root

New Role for Marla Thompson as Library Technician III for Acquisitions and E-Resources

Marla Thompson will be transitioning to a new role as the Library Technician III for Acquisitions and E-Resources in the Main Library beginning on March 4th, 2024. This is an exciting opportunity for her to continue her career at Oberlin, which has included her role as Circulation Coordinator here in the Conservatory Library, as well as her previous positions as Assistant to the Vice President and VP of Admissions and Financial Aid, and as Secretary to the Director of Libraries. I know we all look forward to continuing to work with Marla in this new capacity, and invite you all to join me in congratulating her on this new opportunity!

Barb Prior to Retire

I write to let you know that our esteemed colleague Barbara Prior, Art Librarian and Head of the Clarence Ward Art Library since 1998, will be retiring on 31 May 2024.  Oberlin’s Art Library supports the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the departments of Art History and Studio Art, and the general curriculum at Oberlin College and Conservatory.  Under Barb’s leadership, the collections have grown and teaching with collections has become central to the work of the library.

Barb wears many hats. She is a collections development specialist, building collections to meet research and teaching needs, she curates the special collections of the Ward Library, produces exhibitions and library guides on a wide range of subjects, works with benefactors, and engages the campus and community with  public outreach initiatives

Thank you, Barb for all the support you have given to faculty, students, curators, and the community!  You will be missed.

Alma Overview Webinar, 2/29/21, 2-3PM

Hi Everyone,

OhioLINK just sent registration links for an Ex Libris Alma Overview session. Email is pasted below. The session will be recorded and made available at OhioLINK’s website later, but here is a chance to learn more about our new library services platform that will be replacing Sierra. There is also a session in March on Rapido, the resource sharing piece.

Dear OhioLINK Members,

We will be continuing Ex Libris’ series of product webinars with upcoming overviews of the of the Alma library services platform and the Rapido resource sharing platform.

Register for the Ex Libris Alma Overview, February 29, 2-3PM. This presentation is for any library staff interested in understanding the Alma library services platform.

Register for the Ex Libris Rapido Overview, March 13, 2-3PM. This presentation is for any library staff interested in understanding the Rapido resource sharing platform and will be of particular interest for anyone involved in resource sharing, PCIRC, or ILL.

Both presentations will be recorded and added to the Ostaff Ex Libris Product Overviews playlist for viewing at a later time.



 Call for applicants! For the 2024 ALAO Diversity Scholarship

Please share the following announcement with any library school students you’re working with.
Apply for the Academic Library of Ohio Association MLS/MLIS diversity scholarship opportunity.
ALAO would like to help develop talented folks who are underrepresented in our profession with a $1500 tuition scholarship. Apply from Jan 1st to March 31st, 2024 for consideration. The award winner will be notified by April 12, 2024, and will be presented with a certificate at the ALAO Annual Conference Oct. 2024 (registration included with scholarship award).

Sad News: Paula Baymiller has passed away

I learned from Tina Zwegat that former library staff member Paula Baymiller died this morning, following a lengthy illness.  Her husband Chris Baymiller was with her, as was Kathy Abromeit.  Kathy was a good friend and faithful companion to Paula through her illness.  Tina said that Chris and Kathy shared stories with Paula, easing her passing.  There is a lovely photo of Paula on page 11 of Library Perspectives, Spring 2011, along with a nice summary of the many positions Paula held at the College.  Paula was most recently Special Collections and Preservation Assistant; prior to that she served 18 years as the Art Library Assistant.  Paula’s ready smile and kind manner made any gathering of library staff that much brighter.