Celebrating CMU Libraries’ Employee Creative and Scholarly Accomplishments 2018-2019

We commend the following library faculty and staff for their accomplishments and for sharing their knowledge and expertise with our professional colleagues and CMU community.


Best in Show, PR Xchange Awards Competition, Special Events and Exhibits category for the exhibit catalog, Aristocracy on the Saginaw Trail: Alexis de Tocqueville in Michigan, produced to accompany the fall 2018 exhibit. Library Leadership & Management Association – A Division of the American Library Association. (June 2019). Exhibit catalog author – John Fierst. Graphic designer – Kari Chrenka.

This award is Kari Chrenka’s seventh PR XChange award since 2015.

Creative Works

Zambare, Aparna. “Shakuntala (Served as their dramaturg),” Dramatic Arts Department, CMU Campus. (September 2018). 7. Dramaturg for Shakuntala: Researched and wrote a note as dramaturg for an on-campus production of Shakuntala, an ancient Indian play, for inclusion in the program.  Also wrote several shorter notes on various elements of cultural and dramaturgical aspects of the play to help Satyabrata Rout, Director and a visiting Fulbright Scholar, Annette Thornton (TID), Associate Director, and student actors, September 2018.

Degrees and Certificates

Hytham Dali completed a Creative Commons Certificate in September 2018.

Julie La Dell-Thomas received her Doctorate in Educational Technology from CMU in December 2018.

Sandra Standish received her Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from CMU in December 2018 and her Level 1 Consumer Health Information Specialization Certificate from the Medical Library Association in May 2019.

Exhibit Curation

Fierst, J. (2018). Clarke Historical Library fall exhibit: Tocqueville’s Two Weeks in the Wilderness. Project included assisting the exhibit designers, writing the essay Aristocracy on the Saginaw Trail: Alexis de Tocqueville in Michigan for the exhibit catalog, securing a grant of $5,000 to publish the exhibit catalog, giving the opening presentation, and preparing the content for the six panels of a traveling exhibit based on the original exhibit.

Federspiel, M, Boles, F., Danek, J. (2019). Clarke Historical Library spring exhibit: The Hemingway Collection at the Clarke. This exhibition highlighted the key materials that were meticulously chosen to interpret the unique story of Hemingway’s relationship with Michigan and how his experiences shaped the man and influenced his writings. The ‘gems’ of the collection, which are at the heart of Hemingway’s Michigan story were featured.


Boles, F. J. (2019). To Every Thing There is a Season. American Archivist, 82(2).

Boles, F. J. (2019). Book Chapter. In Boles, F. J. (Ed.), Archival Values: Essays in Honor of Mark A. Greene. Chicago, Illinois: Society of American Archivists.

Faleer, R. A. (2018, March 6). A Passion for the Gothic. (pp. 1). Mount Pleasant, MI: [Re]collection: Blog of the History Department, Central Michigan University. Retrieved from


Farrell, M. (2018, December 1). Book review of Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and the New Look by Maureen Foote (Vendome Press, 2018). Library Journal 143(20).

Fierst, J. (2019, Spring). Book review of Lawrence Hatter’s Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border, Michigan Historical Review, 45(1).

Irwin, K. M., & deVries, S. (2019). Experiences of Academic Librarians Serving as Interim Library Leaders. College & Research Libraries, 80(2), 238. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.80.2.238

Peters, T. (2018). Online students’ use of virtual reference services. Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 30(1), 1-8.

Matyn, M. (2019). “Successful Moving Image Preservation on a Reely Small Budget at the Clarke Historical Library: An Inspiring Film Project Report” AMIA Moving Image.

Powers, S. F., James, M. (2019). Pilot Program: Free Return Shipping as a Supporting Service for Distance Learners. In Pitts, J. E., Bonella, L., Coleman, J. M., & Wathen, A. (Eds.) (2019). Library Services for Online Patrons: A Manual for Facilitating Access, Learning, and Engagement. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Zambare, A. V. (2019). Epic Theatre, Folk Form, and Liminal Space in Satish Alekar’s Mahanirvan (The Dread Departure). Art and Resistance: Studies in Modern Indian Theatres (Dramaturgies) (pp. 211-236). Brussels: Peter Lang.


Thompson, L. Art Libraries Society of North America, “Art in Sight: Art Acquisition, Exhibition, Promotion, and Advocacy in Academic Libraries”, National, Accepted. (March 27, 2019).


Cronstrom, E. G., & Chrenka, K. M. Wrangling Library Data: Analytics, Dashboards, and Spreadsheets, Amigos Library Services, Online Conference, “Who does your data work for?”, National, published in proceedings, Accepted. (February 22, 2018).

Faleer, Robert A. Guest Lecture, Internal to Central Michigan University, “English and Welsh Medieval Church Woodwork and Carved Iconography.” HST 120WI–Unlikely Princesses, Academic. (February 22, 2018).

Fierst, J. “Lewis Cass Post-War Governor of Michigan Territory”, 200th Anniversary of the Founding of Monroe County, Monroe County Community College. (July 22, 2018).

Fisher, J., & Rundels, J. ACRL 2019 Conference, Association of College & Research Libraries, Cleveland, Ohio, “How clean is the library? Mitigating disease transmission”, International, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (April 2019).

Hagerty, K. National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., “Branding Michigan…The Many Ways to Promote Newspapers”, National, published in proceedings, Accepted. (September 27, 2018).

Hagerty, K. & Butterhof, R. National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., “Production Talks – Troubleshooting & Multilingual Content”, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, published in proceedings, Accepted. (September 27, 2018).

Hagerty, K. NGS 2018 Family History Conference – Discover Paths to Your Past, National Genealogical Society, Grand Rapids, Michigan, “Nothing in Life is Free…Unless You Are Talking About NDNP…Chronicling America 1690 – 1963”, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, published in proceedings, Accepted. (May 5, 2018).

James, M. Mi-ALA Pop-up Conference on Batch Editing Tools, Michigan Academic Library Association, MCLS, “Becoming a Parselmouth: My year of learning Python”, State, Accepted. (December 7, 2018).

Matyn, M. “Archives: who, what, where, why?” General Federated Women’s Clubs Annual Meeting, Clare, MI, September 22, 2018.

Matyn, M. “Making It Reely Accessible: The Clarke Historical Library’s Innovative Film Project,” Michigan Archival Association, Mackinac Island, MI, June 18, 2019.

Matyn, M. “Michigan Female Equestrians and Fliers and their Impact on Women’s Gender Roles and Behaviors,” Michigan Archival Association, Mackinac Island, MI. June 18, 2019.

Renirie, R. H. ALA Annual Conference, American Library Association (ALA), New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, “Framing the vision: Connecting the ACRL Framework to core competencies in a biology undergraduate curriculum”, International, Accepted. (June 2018).

Renirie, R. H., ACRL 2019 Conference, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Cleveland, Ohio, United States, “Supporting research in the field: Making a hidden collection discoverable”, International, Accepted. (April 2019).

Standish, S. L., & Powers, S. Michigan Academic Library Association Annual Conference, MiALA, SVSU, Saginaw, MI, “Our People Matter Most: Emergency Planning at CMU Libraries”, State, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (May 13, 2019).

Standish, S. L., Kucera, A., Hills, M., & Kapolka, B. Ex Libris Great Lakes User Group, Ex Libris Great Lakes User Group, Virtual, “Missing Items in ALMA”, International, Accepted. (February 26, 2019).

Thompson, L., & Danek, J. Michigan Academic Library Association, Lansing, MI, “Art in the Park: The Culture of Art Acquisition, Exhibition, and Promotion inCentral Michigan University’s Park Library”, State, Accepted. (May 17, 2018).

Thompson, L. Duffy, M., & Haynes, G. MidWest Music Library Association, Ann Arbor, MI, “MiALA Fine Arts Interest Group: Making Connections Across the Mitten State”, Regional, Accepted. (October 20, 2018).

Whitledge, B. “Extra! Extra! Don’t Read All About It: The Case of the Historic Detroit News” as part of the panel “What did we miss? The State of Michigan’s Digital Collections,” at the Michigan Archival Association Annual Meeting, Jun 16-18, 2019.

Whitledge, B. “The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: An Archivist Engages in In-Depth Digital Records Research,” Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting, Saginaw Valley State University, May 15, 2019

Whitledge, B. “Archives Advocacy in the Halls of Democracy,” regarding legislative outreach at the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC). Detroit, April 3-6, 2019.

Whitledge, B., Society of American Archivists – Wayne State Student Chapter Meeting, Detroit, MI, “Archives Security Basics”, State, Accepted. (November 12, 2018).

Whitledge, B., Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners – Fall Meeting, Mt. Pleasant, MI, “Advocating at the State and Federal Levels for Archives and Electronic Resources”, State, Accepted. (November 2, 2018).

Whitledge, B., Archives on the Hill, Society of American Archivists / Council of State Archivists, Washington, DC, “Archives on the Hill”, National, Accepted. (August 14, 2018).

Zambare, Aparna V. Guest Lectures (2), “Global Modernisms: Mulk Raj Anand and R. K. Narayan,” ENG 665D Graduate Seminar in World Literatures, Internal to Central Michigan University, Academic. (November 2018).

Zambare, Aparna V. Guest Lecture, “Building Omeka Exhibits,” ENG 337B: Frankenstein at 200, Internal to Central Michigan University, 24 participants, Academic. (October 2018).

Zambare, Aparna V. Guest Lecture, “Basics of Omeka: An Open Access Tool to Build Digital Exhibits,” ENG 337B: Frankenstein at 200, Internal to Central Michigan University, 24 participants, Academic. (September 2018).

Zambare, Aparna V. Guest Lecture, “The Lost Son: Theodore Roethke’s Central Michigan Roots,” External to Central Michigan University, Friends of Theodore Roethke, Professional. (August 7, 2019).

Zambare, Aparna V. Invited talk, “The Gandhian Principle of Satyagraha,” The Raising of Peace Flag Event, CMU, Internal to Central Michigan University, 70 participants, Academic. (April 18, 2019).

Zambare, Aparna V. Guest Lecture, “Alterities: Post-colonial theories: Abu-Lughod: Gendered Writing against Culture; Said: Orientalism and Spivak: Can the Subalthern Speak?” ANT 451: History of Anthropological Thought. Internal to Central Michigan University, 20 participants, Academic. (April 1, 2019).

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