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 (
* ProQuest Congressional (
* ProQuest Dialog (
* 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:

• 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.

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:

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: