Tammy Stitz

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Rank: Associate Professor of Bibliography
Title: Applied Sciences Librarian
Department: Science and Technology Library
Office: ASEC 135
Phone: 330-972-6192
Email: tstitz@uakron.edu

Selected Works - bepress: https://works.bepress.com/tammy_stitz/

Published Works:

CH16. Training STEM Students in LaTeX.pdf

A workshop series was created as a non-credit course to meet the university wide need for LaTeX training. Two hundred respondents of an electronic survey that was posted for three weeks on the university portal desired some level of LaTeX training. Pilot workshop modules were offered from spring 2011 - fall 2012 and the original series was offered each semester starting... Read more »

Making PDFs Accessible

One of the largest problems for students who use screen readers is reading PDFs. Even the intellectual content of their courses is easier to understand than trying to figure how to read the PDF. Sometimes PDFs cannot be read and other PDFs are read as blocks of text without an easy way to jump to different sections, which is problematic for long documents in particular... Read more »

Evaluating the accessibility of online library guides at an academic library

This article describes an exploratory research study assessing the level of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and general accessibility of online information resources at a mid-sized, 4-year, public institution in the state of Ohio. A rubric, available freely online as a living document, was developed based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)... Read more »

Accessibility Rubric Wikispace

This resource is a collaborative effort  created and maintained by Tammy Stitz, Engineering Librarian at the  University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, and Shelley Blundell, Assistant  Professor of Journalism and Communication at Youngstown State University  in Youngstown, Ohio. For information on the authors of this wikispace and the project surrounding... Read more »

Improving Engagement by Creating a Peer Environment

It is well documented in literature that engineering students seek information by asking their peers before seeking information from other sources, such as asking a professor or performing a literature search. Social networking and other technologies, such as short message service, instant messaging, and even e-mail can be used to foster a peer type of relationship between educators and students... Read more »

Transitioning from Marketing-Oriented Design to User-Oriented Design: A Case Study

The transition to a new architecture and design for an academic library Web site does not always proceed smoothly. This case study describes the experiences of a library at a large research university that hired an outside Web development contractor to create a new architecture and design for the university’s Web site using dotCMS, an open source content management system. The library participated... Read more »

A Path to Providing User-Centered Subject Guides

The experience at the University of Akron illustrates a transitional path from static Web sites to dynamic, user-centered Web design. Starting with Web-based subject resource guides that were difficult to maintain and navigate, University Libraries migrated to a content management system that solved existing maintenance issues and created the opportunity for interactive resource lists. Subsequent... Read more »

Learning From Personal Experience What’s Needed in Information Literacy Outreach: An Engineering Student Returns To Her Alma Mater As An Engineering Librarian

An engineering background may not be required for successful outreach projects, however, when coupled with a review of the relevant literature of sci-tech librarianship; it can certainly facilitate “buy in” from the faculty in a way that promotes the American Board of Engineering and Technology mandates to foster lifelong information literacy skills in their students. After having established rapport... Read more »

Convergence of the Singular Value Based Model Order Reduction Algorithm

This thesis revisits the singular value based model order reduction technique that was developed in [33] to prove that the solution of the full order model converges to the solution of the reduced order model and to characterize the error between the full order model and the reduced order model.