Vic Fleischer Presents

Vic Fleischer recently gave the following presentation:

“Researching, Documenting, and Archiving Historic Landscape and Garden Projects.” Fields & Forests, Farms & Gardens: A Midwest Garden Symposium (Bath, OH, June 9, 2016). Presented on resources available for researching and documenting historic landscapes and gardens and how to preserve and archive historic and contemporary resources gathered as part of these historic restoration projects.

Well done!

David Procházka Professionally Active

In March, David Procházka presented “Tracing Tárrega’s Preludes for Guitar” at the 2016 meeting of the Music OCLC Users Group in Cincinnati (

During fall 2015, David Procházka wrote an introduction for a new edition of Vincent d’Indy’s orchestral piece Diptyque méditerranéen.  (München : Musikproduktion Höflich, 2015).

Nice job!

Archival Services curates exhibit on Ray Bliss and past Republican Conventions

Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently partnered with the Summit County Historical Society, the City of Akron, and the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau to curate an exhibit on Ray C. Bliss and past Republication National Conventions. Bliss, University of Akron alumnus and namesake of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, was Ohio state and national chairman of the Republican Party for many years. He is best known for helping to rebuild the party after the failed Barry Goldwater campaign of 1964 and getting Richard Nixon elected president in 1968.

Ray Bliss at the Republican National Committee Podium

Ray Bliss at the Republican National Committee Podium

The exhibit, titled “Mr. Chairman: Ray C. Bliss and the RNC,” uses historic photographs, documents, and artifacts to recount the life and legacy of Ray Bliss. It also showcases a variety of interesting memorabilia from past Republican National Conventions selected from the Ray Bliss Papers in Archival Services, including signed documents by Nixon, Eisenhower, and other party leaders. It coincides with the 2016 Republican National Convention, which will be held in Cleveland this summer. The exhibit will be on display now through the election on the fourth floor of the Ohio Building at 175 S. Main St. (now King James Way) in downtown Akron. It is free and open to the public during the building’s normal business hours, which are Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Ray C. Bliss Papers and other resources on local and regional history are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL-10 of the Polsky Building. Public hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

For more information please visit our website at

Restricted Access on Buchtel Commons near Bierce Library

Traffic running east-west on Buchtel Commons near Bierce Library has been reduced to pedestrian only due to the Vault Replacement Project currently underway. Temporary fencing has been installed at the perimeter of the site. Physical Facilities requests that all regular campus vehicles and deliveries use alternate routes as needed during the project duration.

Access to Bierce Library’s main entrance including the accessible ramp will be maintained. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions, please contact Vince Jansen at extension 2359 or the Physical Facilities Service Center at extension 7415.

ProQuest maintenance 7/9/16

ProQuest platform maintenance – Saturday, July 9 10pm-12am

The ProQuest platform ( will not be available for two hours on Saturday 7/9 from 10pm-12am for scheduled maintenance. During this time, users navigating to ProQuest platform databases will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.

OhioLINK services & possible browser errors

OH-TECH has informed OhioLINK that on Tuesday, May 31, between 9am and 11am, they will be updating the load balancers for all their services (which includes OhioLINK services). There will be no downtime as part of this maintenance.

However, as part of this, OH-TECH will be disallowing certain types of connections from outdated browsers. Users with outdated browsers may see errors.

OH-TECH has verified that the following browser versions will continue to access all services without error after the change.

Google Chrome: v 51, 50, 49
Mozilla Firefox: v 46, 45, 44
Apple Safari: v 9, 8, 7
Microsoft Internet Explorer: v 11, 10, 9

Other browsers may also continue to function, but this is what has been tested.

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.