Earl G. “Jerry” Yarnetsky
web services librarian/assistant librarian
Miami University Libraries
151 S. Campus Ave.
Oxford Ohio 45056
MLS and BA in English-Journalism
Master of Library Science, 2006.
Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Bachelor of Arts, English-Journalism, 1991.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
Professional Development Activities
- ALAO 2022 (November): Academic Libraries of Ohio Association annual conference where I attended sessions in addition to presenting and a poster session.
- ALA Annual Conference 2022 (June): Attended sessions on accessibility and technology implementation at the American Library Association annual conference. Received national marketing award at the conference.
- Computers in Libraries 2022 (March): Presented on static site generators at this online technology in libraries conference.
- 2022 workshops: Cal State University presentation on results from their EDS usability testing study; training sessions on the Sanity content management system and data visualization; renewed IRB training in preparation for usability testing.
- 2022 self-training topics: Learning API-driven Sanity content management system, Exploratory data science app and data visualization.
- ACRL 2021: Association of College & Research Libraries biennial conference
- ALAO 2021: Academic Libraries of Ohio Association annual conference
- WebCon 2021: Conference for web professionals in higher education
- Code4Lib 2021: Conference for technologies in libraries
- Axe-Con 2021: Digital accessibility conference.
- 2021 workshops: OhioLink accessibility workshop, university search committee training, and university brand training.
- Basics of Teaching & Learning Online (2020, summer): Online course from eLearning Miami to improve the design and structure of my IMS222 course for online delivery.
- Application-centric training (2020): Attended training on LibCal for curbside pickup, and University Communications and Marketing workshops on FormStack and Localist.
- ALAO 2019 Annual Conference (November): Presented in two sessions. Learned how copyright law and accessibility inter-relate, tactics for using library statistics to earn support for the libraries and tell its story, and about the characteristics of students from Generation Z which are currently attending our university.
- Studying for IAAP certifications (Summer 2019-ongoing): Studying to be certified by the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. Certifications cover knowledge about disabilities, universal design, and the related standards and laws. Also the technical and practical aspects of developing universally accessible websites. I started this program through a mini grant from Miami University’s AccessMU Center.
- Development 201 (spring to fall 2019): Attended sessions about grant writing and other ways we can support fundraising efforts of the University Libraries. Sessions were taught by Michael Kumler, the university’s director of development for central programs.
- ACRL 2019 (April): Attended and presented at the biennial conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries in Cleveland, Ohio. The best session was on design thinking in libraries where you work to empathize with the needs of people you serve, then develop solutions over a process of brainstorming, prototyping and testing repeatedly before release.
- Online conferences (2019): Attended virtual conferences based on the software products we use. For example, at SpringyCamp I learned about using LibWizard for interactive tutorials. JekyllConf (Aug 11) demonstrated how we could use Jekyll as an API endpoint— essentially creating a feed of data we can use in other contexts.
- Web Accessibility for Developers Course (2018): Online course from Ryerson University (Toronto, Ont.) elevated my awareness of how people using assistive technologies perceive our website and provided coding skills for ensuring websites are perceivable and understandable to all users.
- Code4Lib Midwest conference (2018): Regional conference for technology in libraries including sessions on recovering from a failing technology project and accessibility.
- Training on Miami’s web accessibility assessment software (2018): Trained on the university’s web accessibility assessment software.
- WebCon 2018: Multi-day conference is targeted to web designers, developers, social media marketers, and other web professionals within higher education.
Oxford, Ohio: Public university of 23,000 students
Web Services Librarian/Assistant Librarian
January 2018 to present
- Redeveloped libraries web services from the Drupal content management system to the Jekyll static site generator resulting in major security and performance improvements. Change allowed our web services team to collaborate and peer review code via Github.
- Lead implementer for front-line service apps and staff publishing systems such as LibGuides, Sanity, and LibCal. Extensively customized these services to the needs of library departments transitioning to online services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Lead for web accessibility. Successfully completed multiple accessibility remediations on library web services in conjunction with university’s AccessMU Center. Train staff and advocate for universal accessibility in our services.
- Conducted and analyzed results from IRB-approved usability testing of libraries website. Wrote new testing protocol for upcoming usability testing of libraries discovery system.
- Created a virtual services data dashboard to share previously application-siloed library statistics with our library community using the Exploratory data science app.
- Improved off-campus access to millions of library resources by implementing guest access in our Ebsco Discovery Service system.
- Continually investigate emerging technologies to improve access and delivery of digital resources and services.
January 2020 to present
IMS 222: Introduction to Interactive Design and Development
Teach this 3-credit course for the Emerging Technologies in Business and Design (ETBD) department, which investigates the theories and practice of interactive design and front-end web development. We also explore topics such as ethics of online interactions, and inclusive design for every person on every device.
Cohorts alternates between first-year students starting their ETBD program and upper class students incorporating interaction design into their primary majors ranging from psychology to fashion design. Due to the needs of my students during the pandemic, I have taught every mode of course delivery from in-person, hyflex, and online both synchronous and asynchronous.
Service to the University and Libraries
- Lived Experiences: Race at Miami digital history project (October 2022 to present): member of web development team for this Boldly Creative funded project. Specialized in information architecture, content management, and accessibility on the project.
- Co-facilitator, Strategic Initiatives Virtual Spaces and Services (Spring 2022)
- RFP Review Committee for MUAccess Center’s Accessibility Management Software (November-December 2021)
- Library Games Night Committee (summer 2018 to present)
- Strategic Initiatives Professional Development (AY 2020-21)
- Search committees for Discovery Librarian (summer 2022), Web Services Librarian (spring 2019), and Social Sciences Librarian (spring 2018).
- Faculty advisor for IMS452 Senior Degree Project (April-May 2021)
- Volunteering at university and library events such as the National Civil Right Conference, search committee candidate visits, Late Night Breakfast, Explore King, Talawanda Science Week, Faculty Welcome Day, Graduate Student Welcome Night, Move-In Miami, and Copyright Conference.
Awards and Recognitions
- Nominated for the Miami University Libraries Distinguished Service Award (2023, April).
- Awarded the Miami University Creativity and Innovation Award (2022, November).
- Awarded the American Library Association PR Xchange marketing prize (2022, June).
- Awarded the Miami University Prodesse Quam Conspici Award (2021, September) for outstanding service to the university during the pandemic.
Montgomery County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania :: Serving 12,000 FTE students in suburban Philadelphia.
Emerging Technologies Librarian/assistant professor
February 2010 to December 2014.
July 2016 to December 2017.
Promoted from instructor to assistant professor, January 2014.
Tenured in September 2016.
- Design and maintain library web services emphasizing clarity of use for new students.
- Customized function and appearance of the library’s online catalog (Sirsi Enterprise and eLibrary) and Ebsco Discovery Service.
- Planned and implemented library technology services and workflows including online chat reference, intercampus loan, and library computer lab services.
- Collaborated with college archivist and faculty to create digital projects for an historic silent film and college newspaper archives. Coordinated web development, digitization, and grant writing.
- Curated technology and exhibit design for a unique multimedia gallery housed in our library.
- Taught information literacy workshops customized to faculty and student needs.
- Created multimedia tutorials and research guides for online students.
- Provided one-on-one research and technology assistance and training for students, faculty, administration, staff, and community members in person, by phone, and online chat.
- Assisted faculty in researching and assessing open educational resources.
- Outreach and collection development for online learning, STEM, and Business divisions.
Director of Libraries (interim)
January 2015 to June 2016.
- Served as interim director during college early-retirement buyout and reorganization.
- Managed day-to-day operations and facilities of libraries on two campuses.
- Supervised, coordinated, and evaluated staff of 20 including full-time and adjunct librarians and technical services.
- Coordinated staff transition during a large cohort of employee retirement maintaining staff cohesion and communication while restructuring duties and procedures for the new environment.
- Involved in hiring eight new staff members from circulation staff to a new librarian.
- Coordinated major projects and writing library policy and procedures including creation of a new circulation desk manual.
- Directly managed $265,000 operating budget, balance of $2 million budget pre-set in personnel and facilities budgets set at college level.
Service to the College
- Chair, All-College Student Life Committee, September 2016 to December 2017
- Chair, All-College Distance Education Committee, September 2011 to June 2014.
- Member, President’s Leadership Council September 2012 to May 2014; September 2016 to December 2017.
- Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee: Member of steering committee and co-chaired working group.
- Commencement faculty volunteer. Reader in 2011 and 2013, student marshal in 2012, and faculty marshal in 2017.
- Sabbatical Committee, Spring 2016
- Student Commencement Prizes Committees, Spring 2017.
Awards and Honors
- Awarded a 2014 John and Suzanne Roueche Excellence Award for exceptional leadership. National award through the League of Innovation in Community Colleges Alliance as nominated by Montgomery County Community College.
- Nominated for Innovation of the Year Award with college archivist Lawrence Greene for our Betzwood Digital History Project in 2012.
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library
Madison, Indiana. County district library with 32,500 service population
Reference and Web Services Librarian
January 2007 to January 2010
January 2002 to December 2006
- Designed and managed library web presence. Redesigned library web site received ALA recognition in 2006 as traffic increased more than doubled.
- Created digital history projects in collaboration with the local history department. Established best practices, designed websites, and coordinated technology, content management, metadata creation and image scanning.
- Wrote library’s state mandated 2005-07 and 2008-11 Long Range Technology Plans.
- Wrote and coordinated grants for public access computing and wireless Internet services. Collaborated on LSTA and foundation grants for digitization projects.
- Planned and maintained technology projects and public access computing.
- Provided reference services utilizing print, Internet, database and human sources for inquiries made in person, by email and via library web site.
- Trained patrons and staff in use of technology including Internet and database searching, Microsoft Office and content management systems.
- Supervised library on Sundays.
- Developed video and music collections. Created the library’s new DVD collection and wrote a new video borrowing policy.
- Planned and promoted library events from movie festivals to poetry slams.
- Developed library communication materials including newsletters, press releases, posters and blogging.
Web Development and Journalism
Web developer, March 2007 to March 2013
- Collaborated with graphic/UI designer Rick Lostutter of ReAL Design to create websites for clients in southern Indiana including Holiday World theme park, Madison Consolidated Schools, Jefferson County Historical Society, Southeast Indiana Regional Planning Commission, Thomas Family Winery, and the Switzerland Co. Public Library.
The Madison (Ind.) Courier
Special Projects Editor and Staff Writer for daily newspaperNovember 1993 to May 2002
- Reported on local government and education.
- Trained news staff for technology advances including new software, Internet research and the transition from manual to computerized design.
- Redesigned the newspaper and helped restructure procedures for the paper’s moves to computerized design and color printing.
- Designed special sections in collaboration with news and advertising staff.
- Managed daily news products as acting managing editor.
- Won Hoosier State Press Association community service award in 1996.
- Developed the newspaper’s first web site.
La Prensa Nacional
Managing editor of Latino weekly newspaper in Toledo, Ohio.January 1992 to September 1993
Reporter, program engineer, and program host for public radio station. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.January 1989-December 1991
- American Libraries Association
- Reference & User Services Association
- Emerging Technologies Section
- Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures
- Association of College & Research Libraries
- Reference & User Services Association
- Academic Libraries Association of Ohio.
- Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group (TEDSIG)
- Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG)
- Promotion, Outreach, and Marketing Interest Group (PROMIG)
- Indiana Library Federation, 2003 to 2010.
Technology, Reference, Instruction, Management
Integrated library systems: Customization Sirsi Enterprise OPAC and Workflows, familiar with Ebsco Discovery Service, Koha, and Evergreen integrated library systems. Knowledge of Dublin Core, XML, and MARC/AACR2 cataloging.
Computer troubleshooting: Windows and Macintosh troubleshooting. Knowledge of Linux distributions and servers, basic ethernet and wireless networking.
Graphic, Multimedia and Print Design: Design using Adobe Creative Cloud suite including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Digital drawing/illustration, preservation scanning, digital photography, sound and video editing using Apple and Adobe software. Experience using and teaching Microsoft, Apple, and Google productivity software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Keynote.
Reference and instruction
Reference interviewing. Research using print, Internet, database and human sources. Reader’s advisory. Information literacy, research strategy, and technology instruction to audiences ranging from college students to senior citizens. Instruction experience both in class settings and online via chat, live synchronous, and tutorial creation.
Course and lesson planning, student assessment using web development assignments, experience teaching in-person, synchronous and asynchronous online, and hy-flex models. Teaching with Github Classroom and Codespaces. Experience with Canvas and Blackboard learning management systems.
Management and other skills
Personnel and project management and supervision, coaching, and evaluation. Print and Internet marketing and public relations and conversational Spanish.