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


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

Noteworthy New Publication

Professor Emeritus of Bibliography and retired department head Julia A. Gammon had an article about an OCLC-OhioLINK study recently published. The study, which examines the circulation of 28,475,701 items from more than 100 academic libraries, is the largest and most diverse compilation of academic usage data for books ever collected. A PDF version of the article can be found with a quick search in Search-A-Roo.

Edward T. O’Neill and Julia A. Gammon

“Consortial Book Circulation Patterns: The OCLC-OhioLINK Study”

College and Research Libraries. November 2014, Vol. 75 Issue 6, p791-807



Sierra: Update 1.2.2 to be installed on 11/11/2014

The Sierra application and database servers will be updated to Sierra 1.2.2 on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. There is no downtime required for this update. However, a Sierra restart will be required after the install in order to download new SDA (Sierra Desktop Application) software.

This update resolves several reported known issues.

For more details, click on the Release 1.2.2 link on the Sierra SharePoint