Sierra: Update 1.2.1 to be installed on 7/15/2014

The Sierra application and database servers will be updated to Sierra 1.2.1 on Tuesday, July 15th. There is no downtime required for this update. However, a restart will be required after the install in order to download new SDA (Sierra Desktop Application) software.

This update resolves several reported known issues and includes the new read-only API feature that will all Sierra to interact with other systems.

For more details, click on the Release 1.2.1 link on the Sierra SharePoint

IE 9 and other software updates

From the 7/9/2014 Digest…

On Monday, July 14, Information Technology Services will begin deploying Microsoft and other third-party updates including Adobe Flash, Shockwave and Web browser IE 9. These updates will become mandatory on Friday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. and will be automatically “pushed-out” to all University-owned computers at that time.

Depending upon which updates are needed by your computer, you may be required to restart yours after the updates are installed. After the installation of IE 9, your computer may need another update, which may require an additional reboot.

Please see Mike or Noah if you have any questions about these updates.


Internal Use Counts and YTDCIRC/LYRCIRC for statistics gathering

In preparation for the new statistical year starting today, July 1, 2014, changes were made to the Internal Use Count fields and also starting today we’ll begin to use the YTDCIRC field to track item checkouts for statistical year 14/15. Starting in statistical year 15/16 YTDCIRC counts will be moved to the LYRCIRC field and YTDCIRC will be reset to zero.

Internal Use Counts

Internal use counts are used to collect in-house usage statistics for library materials that do not circulate. These statistics (counts) can be stored in the INTL USE,  IUSE3, and/or COPY USE item fixed fields depending on the purpose of the count.  These fields have been renamed in our Sierra system as follows:

INTL USE                                         IN HOUSE COUNT

IUSE3                                               PROJECT USE

COPY USE                                      SPECIAL USE

Internal use counts track activity that doesn’t involve a circulation transaction such as a checkout, renewal, or booking.  IN HOUSE COUNT will be used to track in-library usage of materials and will be zeroed out at the end of each statistical year. The PROJECT USE and SPECIAL USE fields can be used for library projects, gathering short-term usage statistics, small area inventories, and such. These fields will be zeroed out as necessary, depending on the duration and scope of the usage.

Zeroing the counts in these fields does not impact stored circulation data in the In house  or  Circ Activity Web Management Reports as these reports draw from historical data stored on the Sierra server . However, “real time” reports such as Sierra Statistics or the Title Circulation Report  draw from the record as it is at the time the report is being run, not as it was at a specified time period.

Later this summer we will start offering a Sierra Training session on how the IN HOUSE COUNT field will be used, how the PROJECT USE and SPECIAL USE fields can be used, and how to run reports and gather statistical information from these fields.


Sierra uses the YTDCIRC field in the item record to automatically count the number of times an item has been checked out during a statistical period. Sierra uses the LYRCIRC field to store the number of times an item was checked out during the previous statistical period.

At the end of the statistical year the count in the YTDCIRC field will be moved to the LYRCIRC field and the YTDCIRC field will be zeroed out.  These counts may be used during the review process by comparing the TOT CIRC (total circulation) field to YTDCIRC and LYRCIRC fields or they may be used for other statistical purposes.



DOCAM’14 at Kent, Aug 7-9

DOCAM'14The Annual Meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM’14) will be held this year in Kent, OH from August 7-9!

It’s an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars, practitioners, and students where you can rub elbows with some of LIS big wigs, such as Michael Buckland  and Brian C. O’Connor.

You do not have to be presenting to attend. We are still accepting proposals for the poster session (email Jodi Kearns if you’re interested: and DOCAM is launching the brand new peer-reviewed conference proceedings. So come join us!

Registration and program information can be found on the conference website:

June 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day


flight 4

Looking at the invasion fleet from the Co-pilots window

“At the time of the Normandy Invasion I was a navigator in the 439th Troop Carrier Group, 94th Sqdn. Our group put up an 81 ship formation for the mission. We were the 79th plane. I had a pretty good view of the show up ahead. When we crossed the French coast we encountered a cloud deck. Some planes went above the clouds. We stayed below so I could see the check points to hit the drop zone. Suddenly there were paratroopers in the air all around us. A plane above the clouds had dropped his troopers. Thank God we didn’t hit any…
… A machine gun position directly ahead on our course began firing at the flight ahead of us. He hit the lead plane; it nosed up, its landing lights flashing, and fell off on the left wing, crashing in a ball of fire on the ground. All I could see protruding from the fireball were wing tips and empennage [tail].
Then our time came to come under fire from the machine gun position. He was firing green tracers and was walking them back toward our plane. They were coming up the right side of the plane. I thought we were going to get it. The co-pilot threw up his arms to protect himself. I had a flak helmet and flak suit on. I ducked my head down, waiting for the impact. The tracers were so close they lit up the cockpit with a green flow, then stopped. We didn’t get a scratch. Another second and the shells would have penetrated the gas tanks. I wouldn’t be here to tell this story.” – “439th Troop Carrier Group Navigator Bob Dains, Tells D-Day Story,” The Ninth Flyer Volume 6, Number 3, 1996

flight 2

B-26 Marauder flight over Normandy

June 6, 2014 is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In memoriam to the largest sea invasion that has ever taken place, Archival Services is promoting their numerous D-Day related materials including the newly processed Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association, digitized copies of the Ninth Air Force Association’s newsletter, The Ninth Flyer, and dozens of books concerning D-Day and the Normandy invasion. Over 150,000 troops from Allied countries participated in the landing, providing a northern foothold on the continent and ultimately helping to break the back of Nazi Germany; over 150,000 memories to be honored and remembered.
Archives of the Ninth Air Force finding aid

View photographs from the Ninth Air Force Association

2013/2014 Professional Accomplishments

2013/2014 Professional Accomplishments

We are pleased to acknowledge our colleagues for their professional endeavors during the 2013/2014 fiscal year.

Bonnie Chojnacki

Assistant Professor of Bibliography

Life and Allied Health Services Librarian

Science and Technology Library


Chojnacki, Bonnie and Ronald F. White. 2013. “The BRCA Gene Patents: Arguments Over Patentability and Social Utility.” World Medical and Health Policy 5 (3): 276-300.


American Political Science Association. Chicago, IL. 2013.

Association of Politics and the Life Sciences. Lubbock, TX.  2013.


Co-Coordinator, Buzz Spector, “Thoughts as Pages, Stacks as Memories”

Akron AAUP Departmental Liaison, University Libraries

Akron AAUP Executive Committee, Member-at-Large

Akron AAUP Delegate, State of Higher Education National Meeting and Collective Bargaining Congress

Science & Technology Merit Guidelines Revision Committee

Medical Library Association, Collection Development Section, Nominating Committee

Special Library Association, Biomedical and Life Sciences Division, Ethics Ambassador


Victor Fleischer

Head, Archival Services

Associate Professor


  • “Aerial Ambassadors: The Goodyear Blimp in Myth & Memory.” Hiram Historical Society (Hiram, Ohio, April 30, 2014). Provided a brief history of the Goodyear Blimp highlighting historic images and artifacts from the collections of The University of Akron Archival Services.
  • “The Keys to Collections Storage: Problems, Solutions, and Outcomes.” Ohio Museums Association Conference 20×20 Keynote/Plenary Session (Athens, Ohio, June 7, 2014).  Presented on best practices for the storage of museum and archival collections.
  • “It’s Not My Story, Why Should I Care?” Ohio Museums Association Conference (Athens, Ohio, June 7, 2014).  Presented with Dr. Sharon Dean (Ohio Historical Society) and Ashley Jordan (National African-American Museum and Cultural Center) on promoting collections and stories that document underrepresented segments of the community.

Exhibits Curated:

  • “This is Akron with Opie Evans: The Rubber City as Seen through the Lens of One of Its Earliest African-American Photographers,”  Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History & Culture, The University of Akron, 2014
  • “Akron at War!: The Rubber City in World War II,” Bierce Library, The University of Akron, 2013
  • “Remembering the Shenandoah: The Life and Death of America’s First Rigid Airship,” The Akron History Museum at Lock 3, 2013

Committee Appointments:

  • Board Member and Secretary, The Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron, re-elected, 2014


  • Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Grant in the amount of $1,980 to digitize and make available online technical reports from the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute Records at The University of Akron Archival Services, 2013


Michelle J Mascaro

UL Electronic Services

Assistant Professor

 -Co-winner of the David B. Gracy II award, for article “Faster Digital Output: Using Student Workers to Create Metadata for a Grant-Funded Project,” that appeared in 2012 issue of the journal Provenance.

-Appointment to the DCRM-RDA Revision Title and Statement of Responsibility Task Group

-Co-presenting at ALAO TEDSIG and SCAIG spring workshop “What is that and how do I catalog it!?! RDA and Special Formats Cataloging” June 11, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.


Joseph A. Salem, Jr.

Head, Research & Learning Services

Interim Head, Access Services

Joseph A. Salem, Jr. “Assessment Roundtable Discussion.” Academic Library Association of Ohio Annual Conference. Canton, OH, October 25, 2013.

Kenneth J. Burhanna, Joseph A. Salem, Jr., and Jennifer Schwelik. “New Trails for TRAILS: The Path to Reliability & Validity. Ohio Educational Library Media Association Annual Conference. Sandusky, OH, October 18, 2013.

(My contribution: 50%).


Michael P Tosko

UL Research & Learning Services

Associate Professor

Books Reviewed:

“Academic Charts Online: International Popular Music.” Booklist 110.2 (2013): 55-.

“American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 53.3 (2014): 272-3.

“Battles that Changed American History: 100 of the Greatest Victories and Defeats.” Booklist 110.17 (2014): 85-.

“Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport. 3rd Ed.” Booklist 110.4 (2013): 34-.

“The Chronicle of Jazz.” Booklist 110.12 (2014): 40-.

“Encyclopedia of Japanese American Internment.” Booklist 110.2 (2013): 50-.

“Historical Dictionary of Ice Hockey.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 51.1 (2013): 40-.

“Historical Dictionary of Ireland.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 51.9 (2014): 1570-.

“The Literature of Autobiographical Narrative.”  Booklist  1 Dec.
(2013):  809.

The Literature of Propaganda.  Booklist  1 Dec. (2013):  809.

“The Manifesto in Literature.”  Booklist  1, Dec. (2013): 809.

“Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture.” Booklist 110.11 (2014): 48-.

“St. James Literature of Society.” Booklist 110.7 (2013): 41-.

“Vietnam War: The Essential Reference Guide.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 50.11 (2013): 1996-.

“The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography. 2nd Ed.” Booklist 110.1 (2013): 63-.

Webinar on Linked Data–June 2

Join OCLC’s Ted Fons and colleagues
for a free webinar:

Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data

An OCLC Collective Insight Event: Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data
Monday, June 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Eastern Time

Five years ago linked data was introduced to the library community as a powerful technology with great promise for libraries, visionary but abstract. In the years since, what was a buzzword has become a fixture in our lexicon. Yet as our understanding of the technology has progressed and solidified, we still struggle to identify the specific benefits of linked data within our individual institutions. Join OCLC’s Ted Fons, Corey Harper of New York University, and Phil Schreur of Stanford University as they trace the evolution of linked data technology over the years, and demonstrate practical applications of the latest linked data technologies being utilized in libraries today.

Ted will introduce the topic and provide a brief overview on the evolution of linked data; Corey and Phil will dig deeper with specific examples that will help illustrate this evolution.

Corey will discuss next steps for LOD-LAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries & Museums), exploring tools and techniques to process, enrich and aggregate metadata. He will touch on recent developments, especially focused on efforts within the Hydra and Blacklight community and in the user groups for the Ex Libris product suite. Corey will give special attention to the need for use cases and experimentation.

Phil will speak on Linked Data for Libraries, a promising new grant created through a partnership among Cornell, Harvard and Stanford universities. The project goal is creation of a Scholarly Resource Semantic Information Store (SRSIS) model that works both within the individual institutions and through a coordinated, extensible network of linked open data. Phil will discuss the choice of BIBFRAME as the common data format for this project and conversion to BIBFRAME from MARC data.

Register for this webinar >>