CCHP Exhibit for Rethinking Race Forum

The exhibit “Black Psychologists and the American Dream” showcasing materials from the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, is now located on the first and second floors of Bierce library.  The exhibit features a speech written by Martin Luther King, Jr. only seven months before he was killed, personal and professional materials of the first Black woman psychologist in America, a seminal book in the struggle for African American psychologists to be recognized within the profession, and film stills from the 1963 program, “The Negro and the American Promise”.

These original materials from archival collections at the Cummings Center put the African American experience in context with psychology.  The exhibit reveals the struggles of Black psychologists within the profession of psychology, as well as the history of civil rights in American psychology.

This exhibit complements the “The African American Dream: Historical Perspectives in Today’s Society” Rethinking Race event sponsored by the Cummings Center.

The exhibit will be open through the month of March.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin

Kenneth B. Clark

Kenneth B. Clark

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X


Amy Freels’ Cover Wins Prize

veronicaA UA Press cover submitted by Amy Freels was selected as a winner in the 2016 Book, Jacket and Journal Show.

Judging for the show took place January 21-22 at the AAUP Central Office in New York City. This year, 258 books, 3 Journals, and 348 jacket and cover designs were submitted for a total of 609 unique entries. The jurors carefully selected 37 books and 40 jackets and covers as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

The 2016 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will premiere at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, June 16-18, 2016. Afterward, the show will be exhibited at member presses around the country from September 2016 through May 2017.

Congrats, Amy!

Learning Studio Print Schedule

Hello Everyone!

The Learning Studio schedule that’s printed and placed outside the rooms has been updated. It will now accurately retrieve the week’s bookings for the rooms no matter when in the week you print the schedule. If you add a new booking on, say, Thursday, you can now re-print the schedule and it will be the same as having printed it on Monday, with the addition of your new booking.

The link to find the printable page is:

When you go to print, please make sure to change your paper orientation to landscape. Let me know if you experience any difficulties.


It’s Baaack! – 2016 Library Soup and Chili Cook-off

What: Yes, the Library Soup and Chili Cook-off is back!

When: Tuesday, February 16 (President’s Day Observed)
11:00: Test testing and judging by guest judges
11:30 – 1:00: Taste testing for all

Who: Faculty, Staff and Student Assistants from University of Akron Libraries (Archival Services, Bierce, Science, Law , Wayne, CHP) and the UA Press

Where: Bierce Library Staff Lounge (Bierce 361)

Cost: $3 per person. Free if you enter a soup or chili in the contest.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as determined by the panel of guest judges. New this year, the People’s Choice Award. All attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite soup or chili. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also win a prize.

Enter: Contact Susan Ashby or Michael Dowdell by 5:00 pm on Tuesday February 9th to secure your place in the contest and to receive contest rules.


Previous 2nd Place Winner. Italian Wedding Soup – Susan DiRenzo Ashby.

ProQuest Scheduled downtime – 1/16

On January 16, 2016, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and will last for 8 hours.

During this time, access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available, and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

Research databases:
ProQuest platform (
ProQuest Congressional (
ProQuest Dialog (
Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
eLibrary (all editions)
ProQuest Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Obituaries
ProQuest Research Companion
SIRS (all editions)

Dissertation dissemination:
ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools:
COS Funding Opportunities
COS Scholar Universe

Sierra: Update 2.0 SP3 to be installed on 1/6/2016

The Sierra application and database servers will be updated to Sierra 2.0 SP3 at 6:00 am on Wednesday January 6,, 2016. Sierra will be down for 45-60 minutes during the update but should be back up and running well before 8:00 am.  Some libraries have reported issues launching the Sierra Desktop App (SDA) after the 2.0 SP 3 update. This is due to those sites using an older method to download and install SDA. This shouldn’t be an issue for most, if not all UL workstations as we’ve been using the new and recommended method of installation for quite a while. Just in case, Michael, Gregg and I will be in by 8 am to handle any Sierra issues.

  • Since the update requires a reboot, you’ll need to open Sierra when you arrive to work on Wednesday.
  • At 8:00 am on January 6th, one of us will make rounds to the Bierce circulation service points, one of us will check in with Science, and the other will monitor Footprints for any reported issues.
  • Please open a Footprints ticket if you are unable to launch Sierra or have any post-update problems or issues.
  • This update includes all Sierra 2.0 SP1, SP2, and SP3 enhancements and also resolves several known issues.
  • This update also introduces new Sierra APIs, including support for read/write APIs.
  • For more details and to see a list of all Sierra 2.0 enhancements, click on the Release 2.0 SP3 link on the Sierra SharePoint.

Footage of UA’s First Bowl Appearance Now Online

As The University of Akron Football Team heads to Boise this week to take part in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it is only appropriate to take a look back at past UA bowl appearances. The first bowl game the Zips appeared in was the 1968 Grantland Rice Bowl, named after popular early 20th-century American sportswriter Grantland Rice. The game took place on December 13, 1968 in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. The Zips, who went 7-3-1 that year, met the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who were also making their first bowl appearance. To read more.

PreFinals Week- The Dogs are Back!


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Whoa- PreFinals week is here already! Monday, December 7 through Friday, December, 11, students will be able to enjoy some stress-reducing, free and fun activities.
• WagTime Therapy Dogs will visit each day noon to 2pm.
• Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be first come first served Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
• Late-night coffee will be offered nightly in Bierce and Science Libraries from 8-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Sign up for dog duty will be coming shortly.

Double Header at Friday’s ALAO Conference

If you weren’t at the ALAO Conference last Friday, in Lewis Center, Ohio, you may not have heard the brouhaha when our Karen Plummer was awarded not one, but TWO awards!  She received the Teddy award from the Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group, which “recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields” (

Karen also received ALAO’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award, in acknowledgement of her ongoing promotion of “academic libraries and librarianship not only on …her own campus, but also within the state” (  This is the second time in three years a colleague at The University of Akron has been honored with this prestigious award; Don Appleby received it in 2013.

Congratulations, Karen!  This is reportedly the first time a single ALAO member has won two of their awards in a single year.