Ashby & Thompson Present at OH-IUG

Susan DiRenzo Ashby
Coordinator, Library Systems

Paul Thompson
Web Development Specialist

Susan Ashby and Paul Thompson presented at the OH-IUG (Ohio Innovative Users Group) conference in Dublin, Ohio on October 7, 2016.

Susan explained the various resources, services, and tools available to help update and redesign the library’s online catalog.  She was quite pleased that all audience members were wide awake and fully engaged, even though it was the first session scheduled after lunch.

Paul demonstrated his workflow in redesigning the look and functionality of the UAL catalog, identified challenges he had in the process and how he overcame them, and generally ran over the time allotted. This was seemingly forgiven as he handed out $100 bills to each of the attendees. Sorry you missed it. Register today for the next OH-IUG.



Freels & Newhall among Finalists

Amy Freels, University of Akron Press, and Jamie Newhall, Instructional Services, are part of a group who are among 33 finalists for the Knight Arts Challenge who are eligible for a share of $1 million.  Other members of the group are:  Kathleen Endres (UA School of Communication), Chris Keppler (WZIP), Judy James (Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library), Heather Pollock (Senior Lecturer, Honors/ Anthropology & Classical Studies), Fred Endres (Kent State), and David Baker (UA Institute of Human Science and Culture).  The supporting institutions were: ASCP Library, WZIP, and the Institute.

According to the Knight Foundation website, the purpose of the challenge is to fund “the best ideas that engage and enrich Akron through the arts.”

The group proposed “to capture and celebrate Akron stories through a mobile kiosk that travels to neighborhoods, records people’s histories and stories, and edits them for the public and a radio show.”

The Knight Foundation will announce the winners on Oct. 26 at an event at the Akron Civic Theatre.  For more information go to:



LibGuides Down

UPDATE: LibGuides appears to be up-and-running. If you experience any further difficulties please let me know.

SpringShare is experiencing problems with all public-facing instances of LibGuides. They are aware of the problem and working on a fix. As soon as service is restored I’ll let you know.

All other SpringShare services, such as LibCal and LibAnswers appear to be unaffected by this interruption.

Freels Design Selected

Amy Freels

Editorial + Design Coordinator
University of Akron Press

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) held the 2016 Book, Jacket, & Journal Show in January, and Amy Freels designed a selected entry in the Jacket & Covers category.

University of Akron Press

The Veronica Maneuver by Jennifer Moore

Designer: Amy Freels

For more information, go to:




Faculty instructions for SelectedWorks

The following instructions on how to load a CV to will be distributed to faculty. They are also available on the following LibGuide:

Faculty: How to Upload your CV to SelectedWorks

Every faculty member should have a “SelectedWorks” home page.

Find your SelectedWorks page by visiting the SelectedWorks Gallery at

Once you find your SelectedWorks page, select “Login” from the menu in the upper right. Your SelectedWorks page is associated with your UA email account. You must use your UA email address to log in and edit your page.

If you have never logged into your SelectedWorks page, use the “Forgot your password?” link to reset the password.

There may be content on your SelectedWorks page that you did not add. If so, it was taken from your department’s website by the student assistants who created your page. Regardless, you are now free to edit this page as much as you like.

To upload your CV, look in the “About” tab for the second item, “Curriculum Vitae.” If you hover your mouse on this section, boxes will appear to let you to upload, remove, or replace a file. Upload your CV here. You do not need to create a new CV for your SelectedWorks page; simply update and upload whatever CV you use for communicating your accomplishments to your department and others in your discipline. It is best if you save and upload your CV file as a PDF file, as PDF is the only file format that will display the same on all screens and platforms.

Questions can be referred to Dr. Jon Miller, Director, University Press (mjon [at] uakron [dot] edu)

ProQuest Maintenance 8/20

ProQuest has a maintenance window coming up from Saturday 8/20/16 at 10pm through Sunday 8/21/16 at 6am. This will cause many ProQuest platforms and products to be temporarily offline, including the ProQuest platform, ProQuest Congressional, and RefWorks, among others. The complete list of affected products is at this ProQuest support site.

Bierce Library Hosting ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop

Bierce Library Hosting ALAO TEDSIG 2016 Workshop

Streamlining Technical Services Workflows with MarcEdit

Presenter: Terry Reese (The Ohio State University)

Terry Reese, of the Ohio State University, will lead a workshop on how to use MarcEdit to streamline typical technical services workflows, especially as they pertain to cataloging, file loading, and electronic resources. This workshop’s target audience are both those new to MarcEdit, and those who are familiar with MarcEdit but need a refresher. Terry Reese created MarcEdit nearly seventeen years ago and has supported and developed this free software package used by librarian around the world.

Registration is full for the workshop to be held this Friday, August 12th, in Learning Studio 154 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.



Monaco Elected to NOTSL Board

Mike Monaco

Coordinator, Cataloging Services

On June 10, 2016, Mike Monaco was part of a panel presenting to NOTSL (Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians) in the program “Now What? RDA and Best Practices for Cataloging Special Formats”.  Mike was also elected to Vice Chair of the NOTSL Board.  According to their website, the Vice Chairperson serves three consecutive one-year terms, one as Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson Elect, one as Chairperson, and one as Immediate Past Chair and Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

Way to keep professionally busy, Mike!


Sierra Help Access Issue … updated

We’re experiencing issues accessing Sierra Help on our local Sierra Server.  When accessing Sierra Help via the Sierra Desktop App or through a saved bookmark, users are prompted twice for their Sierra login and password. After entering the login and password the second time, the login fails.  I’ll open a ticket with III.  In the mean time, you can still access Sierra Help through III CSDirect.

Usually I’d tell you to go to the Sierra SharePoint for the link to CSDirect and the CSDirect username and password.  However, this information is on a web page in SharePoint and if you read my previous post, you’ll know that I can’t because you won’t be able to see the information :(.

If you need to access Sierra Help, send me an e-mail or call me and I’ll send you the link to CSDirect and get you the username and password.

Update 8/2/2016 4:45 pm
III is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. You can access Sierra Help via CSDirect.  From the CSDirect home page, click on Sierra and then click on SIerra Web  Help.

For CSDirect access and login information go to: