OCLC Scheduled downtime, Jan 3rd

On Saturday, 3 January 2015, OCLC has scheduled a technology upgrade to support system performance and reliability.

During this upgrade, all OCLC services will be unavailable on 3 January 2015, from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm, U.S. Eastern Standard Time (approximately 15 hours).

Cataloging Appointment

Michelle Mascaro, Electronic Services

Michelle Mascaro has been formally appointed to the ACRL/RBMS Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials Task Force to create an initial version of a consolidated Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM) standard based on RDA (Resource Description and Access).




MLIS Online Course

Tammy A Stitz, Science & Technology

Tammy A. Stitz has been teaching an Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals 3-credit core course in the MLIS program at Kent State University this past semester.  It was a condensed 10 week option that was 100% online with students enrolled from across the country. This course instructs students in a variety of technical expertise including hardware and software that librarians need to be aware, an introduction to HTML and relational databases, and an awareness of emerging technologies including current trends in discovery systems and new generation catalogs.






Presentations, Reviews & More

Bonnie Chojnacki, Science & Technology

National Presentations at Scholarly Conferences:

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Affordable Care Act Panel:” Breast Cancer, Affordable Care, and Politics.” Annual Conference of the Association of Politics and the Life Sciences. Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2014.

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Health Care and Public Health Panel. “Patenting Life: Law, Biology, and Health.” Annual Conference of the Association of Politics and the Life Sciences. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, October 2013.

Book Review:

Chojnacki, Bonnie. Derkx, Peter and Harry Kunneman, eds. Genomics and Democracy: Towards a ‘Lingua Democratica’ for the Public Debate on Genomics. Amsterdam-New York, NY: Rodopi, 2013. 355pp. US $99.00. ISBN 978-90-420-3719-9. Politics and the Life Sciences. Forthcoming

Blind Reviewer:

World Medical and Health Policy (Wiley). August 2014-

Elected Representative:

University Libraries, Liaison to Akron Chapter, American Association of University Professors, 2010-2015 (elected annually).

Akron Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, Liaison Council Member at Large to the Executive Committee, 2012-2015 (elected annually).

Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education and Business Meeting, American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Akron Chapter, 2010-2014 (elected annually).


University Libraries Keeps Students Going During Pre-Finals Week

Once again, Bierce Library will extend its hours during pre-finals week, December 1-7. Monday through Thursday, as well as Sunday, December 7th, the library will be open until 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday until midnight. Students can take a break from their studies and enjoy some free and fun activities.

Late-night coffee will be served at both Bierce and the Science & Technology Library from 8 p.m. until closing, Monday through Thursday. Early birds can enjoy Krispy Kreme doughnuts at Bierce Library on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting at 8 a.m. Night owls can opt for the PB & J deli on Tuesday night, starting at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. students are invited to celebrate the winners of this year’s Common Reading essay contest.

Back by popular demand, Summa Health System’s WAGtime program will bring some of their favorite four-legged volunteers to Bierce. Students can spend time with therapy dogs on Monday and Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Beate Gersch at bgersch@uakron.edu.


We’re pleased to announce that Stephanie Dawson Everett is the recipient of this year’s Friends of the University Library’s Professional Education Scholarship.  She is pursuing an MLIS at Kent State University, and is in a library management track.  Congratulations, Stephanie!

This year’s scholarship committee:  Beate Gersch, Ian McCullough, and David Procházka (chair)

Planned Maintenance for EBSCO A-to-Z and LinkSource @ 5pm 2014-11-14

from EBSCO:

Hi everyone,

We want to inform you that later today, November 14, 2014, we will be performing upgrades to the LinkSource and EBSCO A-to-Z service in an effort to alleviate recent system performance issues.  The upgrade will result in a brief service outage beginning at approximately 5:00 PM EST (-05:00 GMT). We expect the service to be unavailable for no more than 15 minutes.


Leslie Sierra, MSLIS
Sr. Manager, Product Engagement
EBSCO Information Services