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.

Marilia Published

Marilia Antúnez
Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
Science & Technology Library

Marilia Antúnez was recently published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal.  Her article entitled   A comparative review of gerontological nursing citation data can be found at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hir.12162/full

Congratulations, Marilia!


Speaking opportunity: the 2017 Ohio Library Council Convention & Expo

Ohio Library Council’s 2017 Convention & Expo will be in Dayton, October 4-6, 2017.

The program committee will meet in mid-December so we may have a more specific “wish list” of program topics from the OLC then, but here is the theme in case it piques your interest or aligns with work you’d like share:

LIBRARIES IN BALANCE.  It is a thrilling time to be in libraries. We have the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of our communities, yet how do we maintain balance in the frenzy to remain relevant and innovative? What is the balance between quiet space and collaborative space? Money spent on physical or digital materials? Space for shelving or computers? The 2017 Convention and Expo will focus on maintaining this balance between the traditional and the innovative and responding to the needs of the community.

Programs do not need to fit the theme to be accepted. Mike Monaco would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the convention or the OLC in general, how to propose a program, or suggestions on how to develop your topic for the convention audience. Convention-goers tend to be public library administrators, managers, and librarians, with a sprinkling of MLIS students, academic librarians, and non-MLIS staff. Speakers are often academic librarians sharing some of their expertise, research, or insights, though many are public librarians, activists, or professionals from other fields too..


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: http://www.knightfoundation.org/press/releases/knight-foundation-names-33-finalists-knight-arts-challenge-akron



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:  http://www.aaupnet.org/events-a-conferences/book-jacket-and-journal-show/2016-show-information/2016-design-show-selected-entries




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: http://libguides.uakron.edu/selectedworks

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 http://selectedworks.uakron.edu

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)