Ian McCullough Round Up

Ian McCullough, Physical Sciences Librarian and Interim Head

 We have some catching up to do on Ian McCullough’s professional activities.

He had an article published:

McCullough, Ian. 2016. “Journal usage at department and research group level.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 28(2), 73-83. Invited paper. doi: 10.1080/1941126X.2016.1164550

He was a presenter at the American Association of University Professors conference this Summer:

“‘You’re Faculty?’: Academic Librarians and Their Support of Faculty Unions.” AAUP Conference on the State of Higher Education, Washington, D.C. June 16, 2016

Ian was also invited to speak at a colloquium on scholarly communication at Robert Morris University:

“Journal Impact Factor and Current Issues in Scientific Scholarly Communication, Publishing, and Librarianship.” and “Help me be a better librarian to my science, math, and engineering faculty” colloquiums presented at Robert Morris University, Moon County, Pennsylvania, November 15, 2016.

Finally, just this week, Ian won a travel grant this week ($2500 and free registration):

ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students, San Francisco, April 2-6 2017

Congratulations on your accomplishments!



DeChambeau Published

Dr. Aimee L DeChambeau, UL Dean’s Office

It is exciting to announce that an article Aimee co-authored with Sue Ramlo has just been published online:

deChambeau, A. L. , & Ramlo, S. E. (2016). STEM High School Teachers’ Views of Implementing PBL: An Investigation Using Anecdote Circles. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 11(1).

Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7771/1541-5015.1566

Nice work, Aimee!




Gersch Wins Visionary Award

Dr. Beate Gersch

UL Research & Learning Services

Dr. Beate Gersch, Coordinator of Instruction Services and Bibliography and Undergraduate Outreach Librarian is this year’s winner of the Distance Learning Visionary Award as announced by the Distance Learning Interest Group of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO).

Noted for presenting internationally at ACRL, LOEX, DLS, ECIL and IFLA on topics such as archival research, collaboration, the Framework, library outreach with students and administrators, and assessment of academic libraries’ web pages. She currently has book chapters in press and has published journal articles and conference papers on these same topics. She recognizes the importance of intercultural communication as it relates to information literacy instruction as well as collaboration within the university and assessing impact.

Beate will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming DLIG Workshop on Friday June 9, 2017 at the Voice of America Learning Center of Miami University, West Chester, Ohio.

Congratulations on receiving this award, Beate!  Outstanding work!


ProQuest scheduled downtime 1/28-29

Over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, 28-29 Jan. 2017, a ProQuest product maintenance window will launch worldwide to upgrade infrastructure, enhance security, and maintain reliability of your products.

During this 8-hour window, some ProQuest products will be unavailable. While the date and time were chosen to minimize the impact on our customers, we realize that some users may be affected, and we apologize for the inconvenience. Additionally, web-based customer access will be redirected to a webpage stating the planned maintenance times.

Global Timing

* United States (EST): Saturday, 28 Jan., 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 6:00 a.m.
* United Kingdom (GMT): Sunday, 29 Jan., 3:00 a.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 11:00 a.m.
* Australia (AEDT): Sunday, 29 Jan., 12:00 p.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 8:00 p.m.
* Tokyo (JST): Sunday, 29 Jan., 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 7:00 p.m.
* China (CST): Sunday, 29 Jan., 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, 29 Jan., 6:00 p.m.

The following products will be temporarily offline:

Research databases

* ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
* ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
* ProQuest Dialog (dialog.proquest.com)
* ProQuest Archiver
* ProQuest Trials
* Chadwyck-Healey US databases
* CultureGrams
* eLibrary (all editions)
* ProQuest Digital Microfilm
* ProQuest Obituaries
* ProQuest Research Companion
* SIRS (all editions)
* Ancestry
* Sanborn maps

Dissertation publishing

* ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools

* RefWorks
* COS Funding Opportunities
* COS Scholar Universe
* Pivot
* Papers Invited

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources

* Books in Print®
* LibraryThing for Libraries™
* Resources for College Libraries
* ProQuest Syndetic Solutions
* Self-Published Author

Monaco Review Published

Mike Monaco, Electronic Services

Mike Monaco, Coordinator of Cataloging Services, published a review of the Grand Comics Database in Technical Services Quarterly.

The review is published here:


and an open-access copy can be downloaded from Selected Works here:


Well done, Mike!



deChambeau Chapter Published

Aimée deChambeau, Ph.D., Interim Dean

Congratulations to Aimée deChambeau who recently had a chapter in the following book published.

deChambeau, Aimee. (2017). The practice of being a student: CoPs and graduate student success. In Jacquie McDonald & Aileen Cater-Steel (Eds.), Implementing Communities of Practice in Higher Education: Dreamers and Schemers (395-422). Singapore: Springer.



Scheduled OhioLINK Services Outage on Dec 28

Scheduled Services Outage

OH-TECH needs to complete some urgent maintenance on the systems that govern access to our servers. This maintenance will take place on Wednesday Dec 28 from 8pm-10pm. While OH-TECH works on these modules, users will not be able to access OhioLINK services.

Affected Services:

• ohiolink.edu
• ETD Center
• Central Catalog*
• Music Center
• Rave URL resolver

We are not anticipating any issues after the maintenance, as the services themselves are not being taken down. OH-TECH is just interrupting the access routes. Once access is restored, OhioLINK will double check everything, but services should be up and functioning as they were before the maintenance.

* While the Central Catalog is unavailable, messages between local catalogs and Central will be queued and processed when Central is available again. This will include all PCIRC renewals and pickup anywhere transactions.

Once the maintenance is completed, OhioLINK will check the record queues from the local catalogs to Central and make sure that they are connected and that any queued messages are being processed.

We recognize that OhioLINK users are working all the time, and OH-TECH has scheduled this work over Winter Break to hopefully impact the lowest number of users.

David Procházka’s Professional Activities

David Procházka | Music/Special Materials Cataloger

Very impressive.  Nice work, David!



UL Catalog

The library system and library catalog hardware experienced  a series of failures on Thursday and proved unrecoverable on site. Disks have been sent off site to our vendor for reconstruction.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please be assured our vendor is doing their best to get us up and running as soon as they can.

Library Services affected by hardware failure

  • UA Libraries Catalog searching
  • OhioLINK requesting from the UA Libraries Catalog
  • Access to My Library Account

    Access to Electronic Resources, ILLiad,  and Lib-Guides are unaffected by this hardware failure.

To locate UA Library material in OhioLINK

 Go to:


Type in your search criteria

In the Add Limits box, select The University of Akron from the Location drop down menu

This will return a list of items in the UA collection.  The call number will be listed on the record display.

Library staff can assist with your search and help you locate the material.

To Request Items from OhioLINK and SearchOhio

If you have an Akron Summit County Public Library (ASCPL) card you can use your ASCPL card to request OhioLINK and SearchOhio material.  Be sure to have the items sent to your local ASCPL branch.