New SharePoint site!

If you have the chance, please try out the new SharePoint site located here.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I’m particularly interested in how well (or not so well) everyone is able to find the content they normally interact with and how intuitive the interface is. You can email me here.

Dave Collins

Civil War era letters from Special Collections in Archival Services are now available online.


Selected Civil War era letters from Special Collections in Archival Services are now available online.  In commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and through the work of our talented Kent State University School of Library and Information Science practicum student Adam Wanter, 163 multipage letters are available in full color.  Select letters from four of our collections were chosen for the project.  Currently available are: Alvin Coe Voris pre-war letters home [Akron, Ohio] from the Ohio Legislature 1860-1861. Joseph Sailor’s letters home [DeGraff, Ohio] from the 45th Ohio Infantry Regiment on campaign in Kentucky.  William McCollam’s [Uhrichsville, Ohio] correspondence to and from his wife Callie during his 100 day call up and service with the 161st Ohio Infantry Regiment near Martinsburg, Virginia.  John J. Polsley’s letters from his service with the 8th Virginia Volunteer Regiment which would later be designated the 7th West Virginia Cavalry Regiment.

To view more images from University Libraries Archival Services visit our Digital Collections page.

Committee Selected: Outstanding Student Assistant Awards

Thanks to all the volunteers for your willingness to serve on this committee to recognize our wonderful student employees! This year’s committee will be:

  1. Jo Ann Calzonetti
  2. Kristina Coley
  3. Stephanie Everett
  4. Beate Gersch
  5. Craig Holbert

The committee will meet shortly and nomination information will be distributed soon. The award(s) will be given at our service awards celebration at the end of April.

Book-based Art Debuts at Bierce

Acclaimed artist, Buzz Spector, is collaborating with students from The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art in “Thoughts as Pages, Stacks as Memories,” a free exhibition March 12 through April 18 in the lobby of UA’s Bierce Library.

In addition to Spector’s works, the exhibition will feature works created by students in a painting class taught by UA Art Professor Matthew Kolodziej. The art students have created works from books donated by UA’s Center for the History of Psychology. After studying the content of the books, they altered them and incorporated their artistic responses to the Center’s intriguing collection of devices used for testing memory and perception. Some of the devices are also in the exhibition.

To open the exhibition, Spector will give a free public lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in the auditorium of Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art, 150 E. Exchange St.

Librarians Lori Fielding and Bonnie Chojnacki were instrumental in getting this project off the ground.

Credit Cards accepted at Bierce Access Services

Starting Monday, 2/24/2014, the circulation desk at Bierce Library will accept credit cards. Patrons will be able to purchase jumpdrives, pay fines and add money to ZipCards using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, JCB, Diners Club International, and American Express. Cards will only be accepted as credit, not as debit cards.

Please notify staff at the circulation desk with any questions.

Vic Fleischer Joins The UniverCity Community Leadership Institute

Vic Fleischer will join a select group of other UA leaders in The UniverCity Community Leadership Institute (UCLI), a new program developed by The University of Akron in partnership with Leadership Akron. This leadership development program will benefit the campus and greater Akron community by building relationships between campus and community leaders and the organizations they serve. The program will begin in early February and continue throughout the Spring 2014 semester.