C. Blake McDowell Law Center and Law Library Renovation

The Law Center is undergoing a complete renovation.  The renovations began on the 1st floor of the Law Center in December,  and then beginning the week of May 2, the construction crew moved on to the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building where the Law Library is located.  In preparation for the renovation, in mid-April the majority of the Law Library collection was packed and placed in storage.  Last week a small portion of the collection and the Law Library staff moved to Room 322 of Central Hower.   The law faculty have also moved to the 3rd floor of Central Hower and in the fall a number of the law classes will be held at Central Hower.

The Law Library will continue to provide services at the Law Center and at Central Hower.  The library collection at the Law Center consists of course materials and study aids for use by law students.  The Law Library will have a reference librarian available at the Law Center during the Law Library’s service hours, and the Law Library will continue to have computers available for community patrons at the Law Center.  Over the past several years the Law Library has greatly reduced the size of its print collection.  Generally community patrons come to the Law Library to use databases rather than the print collection.

The Law Library’s Central Hower collection is comprised of non-circulating materials, including the reference collection, Ohio materials, and a select number of treatises. The reference librarian at the Law Center will direct patrons to the collection at Central Hower when appropriate. Library Systems will update Sierra to reflect the status and location of the Law Library materials during the renovation.    The Law Library’s About the Library libguide contains information about the Law Library during the renovation process and will be updated as changes occur.

Posted on behalf of Kyle Passmore, Deputy Law Librarian

New Sierra Temporary Fixed-field Codes

I’ve recently created new temporary item location, status, and imessage codes to be used during the Law Library move and renovation.  The new codes,  how they will be used, and how they will display in the UAL Catalog can found at:


These codes are only to be used for Law items being moved or put into storage during the Law School and Law Library renovation.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Portable Projectors Available to Borrow!

I would like to remind everyone that there are 2 projectors available to check out for library staff and faculty in Bierce 374 (anyone in systems would be happy to show you where they’re located). Both projectors are small which makes them extremely portable and they are also easy to use. The case carrying the projector will have everything needed for set up and the models we have are a Dell M110 and an Optoma PK301.

If you’re interested in using one of these projectors simply go to systems and fill out the check-out sheet. Once you’re done using the projector make sure everything is put back in its case (an inventory is included) and return to systems. If you have any questions about using one of these projectors please let me know.

dotCMS Upgrade

The web team has been working behind the scenes for the last several months to upgrade our website’s content management system, dotCMS. These upgrades will enable us to receive better support, timely future upgrades, and enhanced features.

The upgrade is scheduled to begin on March 19th and run through Spring Break. During this time editing will be frozen. If you have information that needs to be placed or updated on our dotCMS pages, please get me those changes before March 19th. All content on LibGuides, LibCal, Staff Portal, and the catalog, will be unaffected.

Our website will continue to work throughout the upgrade, however there may be minor bugs to squish before full editing control is restored. If you notice anything during the week of Spring Break, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.


Acquisitions Material Request Form

I am happy to announce that the Acquisitions Material Request Form is officially up and running!

In a nutshell, this form is meant to be a uniform and simple way to request materials that are not available through GOBI.  Whether from Amazon, foreign suppliers, eBay, or the far corners of the Internet, our hope is that this form will make it easier for our librarians to request those hard-to-find orders.  In the past, we’ve generally used email to request these materials but I felt that that process could be made even more efficient.  Because it includes all the information the Acquisitions team requires, using this form will not only simplify the ordering process, but accelerate it as well.  As always, Gregg or I will send confirmation when we have ordered the requested item.

Check it out and feel free to share your feedback with us!

You can find it here: https://www.uakron.edu/webforms/secure/material-request.dot

Many, many thanks to Gregg Harris and Paul Thompson for helping me get this idea up and running—great job, guys!


All the best,


2016 IUG Enhancement Voting

As a member of IUG, University Libraries is eligible to vote for 2016 IUG Enhancement ballot items.  As IUG liaison I’m the person designated to complete the ballot. Based on your input I’ll cast votes in each of the categories that are applicable to our Sierra system.

2016 IUG Enhancement Ballot:


  • Below are the page numbers for the functional areas applicable to our Sierra system set-up. Look over the ballot items in each section that corresponds to the function(s) you use in Sierra.
  • Select up to the maximum number of ballot items allowed in each functional section. Copy and paste the Ballot # into a list. Examples: ACQ-1 Funds, CIR-40 Patron Record.
  • Some sections may be of interest to all: Create Lists, Core Functionality, WebPac, Statistics and Reporting
  • Once you have completed your list(s) of ballot items, send them to me by 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday 2/29.


Acquisitions (choose 8)                          Page       1

Cataloging  (choose 4)                            Page       8

Circulation  (choose 22)                          Page      12

Core Functionality  (choose 10)             Page      32

Create Lists and
Global/Rapid Updates  (choose 4)         Page      41

ERM   (choose 2)                                      Page      45

INNReach   (choose 2)                             Page      52

Other Programs  (choose 2)                    Page      54

Serials  (choose 3)                                   Page      58

Statistics and Reporting   (choose 3)    Page      61

WebPAC   (choose 12)                             Page      64

 You can view previous year’s ballots and the 2016 Ballot in Excel format on the IUG website.  You’ll need to log in with your MyIUG Login. If you don’t have a MyIUG login, you can create one. Our member code is 456.


For more information on the IUG Enhancement Process: