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Celebrating CMU Libraries’ Employee Accomplishments 2020-2021

Exterior Park Library and spring tulips

During the calendar years 2020 and 2021, completing degrees and engaging in scholarly and creative projects required more effort and energy given the pandemic and other concerns. We commend the following library faculty and staff for their accomplishments and for sharing their knowledge and expertise.


  • Bryan Whitledge, 2020-2021 CMU Staff Excellence Award

Degrees and Certificates

  • Brian Roberts, Bachelors in Community Development, Public Administration, May 2020
  • Brian Roberts, Adobe Education, Creative Educator Level 1, Creative Campus Faculty Fellow, and Create Digital Images with Your Class
  • Caitlin Benallack, 3-year Certification in Mental Health First Aid, June 2021
  • James Custer, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Business Administration, May 2020
  • James Custer, SAP Certified Application Associate – Business Process Integration with SAP S/4HANA 1809, June 2020
  • Josh McArthur, Master of Science in Information Systems, May 2020
  • Thad Dickinson, Masters in Learning, Design, and Technology, December 2021

Exhibit Curation

Macdonald, G., & Whitledge, B. (2022). Abundant Waters: Our Relationship with Michigan’s Most Precious Resource. The Clarke Historical Library’s exhibit—supported in part by a $10,000 award from the American Library Association (ALA) as part of ALA’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries program—explores how abundant freshwater defines Michigan. Michigan’s geography is characterized by the world’s largest freshwater system—The Great Lakes. Beyond “big” water, Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes, 76,000 miles of rivers, and 6.5 million acres of wetlands. Although most of us are aware of this precious resource around us, how often do we truly contemplate our relationship with it?


Benallack, C., & Rundels, J. (2021). Mapping the Framework to credit-bearing information literacy courses: A syllabi content analysis. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(6), 102455.  

Chaudhary, A., Irwin, K. M., & Nguyen, D. H. K. (2020). Open access legislation and regulation in the United States: Implications for higher education. Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship, 4(1), 1-28.  

Douglas, N., Fe, J., Oshita, J., Schliep, M., & Danowski, M. Implementation science research in communication sciences and disorders: a scoping review. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Elwell, G. R., Dickinson, T., & Dillion, M. D. (2021). A postgraduate capstone project: Impact on student learning and organizational change. Industry and Higher Education.  

Keikha, M., Jahanfar, S., Christie, J., Abedi, P., Danowski, M., Yoneoka, D., Ebrahimi, M. H. (2021). Financial incentives for decreasing and preventing obesity in workers (Protocol). (7th ed., pp. Art. No.: CD014576). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Gray, D. M., Hicks, N., & Rundels, J. J. (2020). Getting in the Game: Putting Golf at the Forefront of Your Networking Toolbox. Business Horizons, 63(5), 627-636.

Hacker, N. L., & Bellmore, E. (2020). “The Trump Effect”: How Does it Impact International Student Enrollment in U.S. Colleges? Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 10(1), 1-11.

Irwin, K. M. (2021). Characteristics influencing academic librarians’ political skills: Keys to organizational effectiveness and career success. Journal of Library Administration, 61(2), 1-24.

Matyn, M. J., & Graves, T. (2020). The Pivotal Role of Student Labor in the Clarke Historical Library’s Moving Image access and Preservation Project. The Moving Image/ the Association of Moving Image Archivists, 48(2).

Matyn, M. J. (2020). Proactive Transformation: Digital Internships and Hybrid or Online Teaching at the Clarke Historical Library. Open Entry, 48(2), 20-21.

Matyn, M. J. (2021). Report on completion of Justice  Elizabeth A. Weaver’s Papers in Michigan Collections section. Open Entry, 49(1).

Peters, T., & Dickinson, T. E. (2020). A History of the Distance Library Services Conference. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 14(2), 96-109.

Peters, T. (2021). If You Ask Me: Academic Libraries Need Better Mission Statements. Charleston Hub.

Renirie, R.H. (2020). Instruction through virtual reference: mapping the ACRL framework. Reference Services Review, 48(2), 243-257.

Renirie, R. H. (2020). Data ethics: A module for Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE). QUBES Educational Resources

Thompson, L. (2021). Fashioning the Framework: Information Literacy for Fashion Studies. Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, 40(2).

Whitledge, B. (2021, March/April). Archivists Have to Know–and Advocate for–FOI. Archival Outlook, 14.


Presentations and Posters

Beeker, M. (Panelist), Renirie, R. (Panelist), Hoogland, M. (Panelist), Fitzpatrick, M. (Panelist), MHSLA/MIALA Virtual Pop UP Conference: Adult Learners: Tailoring Library Services, MHSLA/MIALA, “Teaching Learners at Different Education Levels”, Regional, Accepted. (July 2020).

Danowski, M. L. (Presenter Only), Cochrane Systematic Review Training, Virtual, ““Searching for Studies””, State, Accepted. (November 7, 2020).

Fremion, B. (Panelist), Matyn, M. (Panelist), Brabaw, N. (Panelist), DeForest, C. (Panelist). Michigan Oral History Association, Lansing, “”These stories. They stick with you:” Michigan PBB Oral History Project”, State, Accepted. (October 16, 2021).

Irwin, K. M. (Panelist), Barker, A. (Panelist), Hoffman, A. (Moderator), MacAyeal, G. (Panelist), 2021 Association of College and Research Libraries Virtual Conference, Association of College and Research Libraries, “Demystifying Interim Leadership”, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (April 2021).

Kucera, A. (Presenter Only), Pepitone, A. M. (Presenter Only), ELUNA – Primo Product Working Group webinar, ELUNA – Primo Product Working Group, Virtual, “Enhancements: Make ’em Sparkle”, International, Accepted. (January 2021).

Kucera, A. (Presenter Only), Chrenka, K. (Presenter Only), Dali, H. (Presenter Only), MiALA Annual Conference 2021, MiALA – Michigan Academic Library Association, Virtual, “A Different View of the Library – Where collaboration meets innovation”, State, Accepted. (May 2021).

Matyn, M. J. Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners, online, “Proactive transformation during COVID: hybrid teaching and digital internships at the Clarke Historical Library, CMU”, State, Accepted. (December 3, 2020).

Matyn, M. J. (Panelist), Fremion, B. (Panelist), Nicole, B. (Panelist), Rachel, C. (Panelist), Mark, H. (Moderator), Society of American Archivists Conference, Society of American Archivists, SAA, Chicago, IL, “Challenges and solutions of processing PBB manuscript collections”, International, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (August 7, 2020).

Matyn, M. J. Underwater Cultural Resources Public Access and Research Conference, CMU Museum Studies and Cult’l Resources Mgt, EGLE, NOAA, Mariott, Mount Pleasant, MI, “Research Worth Diving Into: CMU’s Great Lakes Collections for Underwater Researchers”, Regional, peer-reviewed/refereed, published elsewhere, Accepted. (February 26, 2020).

Matyn, M. J. Midwest Archives Conference meeting, Midwest Archives Conference, online, “Digital and Hybrid Archival Education During COVD-19: Tips and Lessons Learned”, Regional, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (May 13, 2021).

Peters, T. (Presenter Only), Michigan Academic Library Association Annual Conference, Michigan Academic Library Association, Online, “An introduction to systems thinking”, State, Accepted. (May 2021).

Peters, T. (Presenter Only), Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL) Spring Meeting, Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries (SEMLOL), Online, “Building diverse collections at CMU”, State, Accepted. (April 2021).

Renirie, R. (Presenter Only), Science Librarianship in the Time of COVID-19: 2020 Virtual Conference, Boston Library Consortium Science and Engineering Community of Interest, “Laboratory-Based Information Literacy Instruction Using an Interactive Tutorial”, National, Accepted. (August 2020).

Rosener, A., Benallack, C., MiALA Annual Conference 2021, Michigan Academic Library Association, Online, “Critical Librarianship is for Everybody”, State, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (May 20, 2021).

Rundels, J. (Presenter & Author), Casey, A. (Presenter & Author), Distance Library Services Conference, “Does Your Library Fit? Exploring career paths and perceptions of person-bjo fit among distance librarians”, International, Accepted. (November 3, 2020).

Thompson, L. (Presenter Only), Duffy, M. (Presenter Only), Music Library Association, Norfolk, VA, “Connecting with Arts Librarians in Your State: A Discussion of the MiALA Fine Arts Interest Group and Other Cooperative Endeavors”, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (February 29, 2020).

Thompson, L. (Moderator), Haynes, G. (Moderator), Music Library Association, Norfolk, VA, “So You Got a Job… Now What?”, National, peer-reviewed/refereed, Accepted. (February 27, 2020).

Whitledge, B. 50e Congres de l’Association des Archivistes du Quebec, L’Association des Archivistes du Quebec, Virtual, “”L’evolution des legislations nationales sur les archives dans le contexte de la transformation numeriques.””, International, Invited. (May 26, 2021).

Whitledge, B. Michigan Academic Library Association Annual Meeting, “Michigan Digital Preservation Network: Updates on Michigan’s Efforts to Protect our Cultural and Scholarly History”, State, Accepted. (May 19, 2021).

Whitledge, B. Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting, Virtual, “Broadcasting from the Studios of the WARC: Taking a Speaker Series Virtual”, Regional, Accepted. (May 14, 2021).

Whitledge, B. National Humanities Day, National Humanities Alliance, Virtual, “: “Advocating for the National Archives on Capitol Hill.””, National, Accepted. (March 9, 2021).

Whitledge, B. Advocating for Archives in State and Local Policymaking Workshop, Society of American Archivists, Virtual, “Advocating for Archives in State and Local Policymaking”, National, Invited. (January 27, 2021).

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