New look for UL webpages

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

I wanted to let you know about some changes coming to the UL website. Beginning Tuesday, May 26th I will begin to transition our webpages to the new responsive templates. This will catch us up with the rest of the university’s pages.

What this means for you: no functionality will change, only the look. However, converting all of our pages to these templates will take a little bit of time. You may run into a scenario where you are looking for one of our webpages and it appears to be unavailable. Don’t panic. Chances are you’re viewing a page that I’m currently working on. Give it a minute, and refresh your browser. If something still isn’t right please give me a call. I expect issues like this to be few and far between.

All of our content and online services will remain in place. I don’t have a specific end-date for this project, but I will let you know when it is complete.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


Booking Study Rooms

Booking study rooms in Bierce Library will soon be getting an upgrade!

We are initiating a LibCal study room booking pilot on June 8, 2015. The purpose of this pilot is to move all student booking of Bierce Library study rooms from the Sierra platform to the LibCal platform. We believe the LibCal platform will be more user-friendly and require less staff time to manage.

Paul, Stephanie, and the Access Department will be testing the new LibCal system during intersession, beginning May 11 and concluding June 5. During this time period, no booking of Bierce Library study rooms will be available to students. The Access folks will put a sign on each study room door noting that a new system will begin in June and that all study rooms are first come, first serve until June 8, 2015. The Bierce Library study room records in the catalog have been suppressed so that students cannot place a booking through Sierra. Paul has updated our webpages.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Melanie, Stephanie or Paul.

Current Progress on the Sierra Data Dictionary

The Sierra Audit Data Dictionary for Items, Locations and Patrons are now complete and available to view in Sharepoint. Excel documents are located in Access Services Committee –> Shared documents –> Sierra Audit. If you are interested in looking at the in-progress wiki that we have been using to collaborate on the Sierra Audit, let me know and I can grant you viewing permissions.

Professional Certification

Professional Certification

Frank Bove, Stephanie Everett, Beate Gersch, and Michelle Mascaro recently earned a Certificate in Applied Project Management from UA Solutions, an Advanced Professional Development & Corporate Training Center. According to the website, the program provided frontline, real-world skills and techniques to enhance their career and our company’s projects. Way to go!



Recent Accomplishments — Shelley Blundell

Recent Accomplishments

Shelley Blundell, Research and Learning Services

It is a pleasure to acknowledge Shelley Blundell, Research and Learning Services, for her recent professional endeavors.

The University of Akron – Professional accomplishments

*Organized and facilitated the display of winning academic posters from the 2015 University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium in Room 168 in Bierce Library.  The display ran from April 10 to May 4, and was coordinated in partnership with Dr. Heather Burton in the Office of Graduate Student Development, and Interim Dean Phyllis O’Connor, Marketing and Communications Manager Stephanie Dawson-Everett, Assistant to the Dean Joe Williams, and Administrative Assistant Ann Evans from University Libraries.

*Served as an oral presentation session evaluator for The 2015 University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium on April 9, 2015.

*Served on the 2015 University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee Award Committee.

Academic/scholarly accomplishments

*Successfully defended her dissertation on March 31, and will graduate May 8 with her Ph.D. in Communication and Information. Her dissertation topic was “A descriptive phenomenological investigation of the academic information search process experience of remedial undergraduate students.

*Aided in the preparation of the poster “Conceptualizing and implementing dispositional assessments for students at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science,” presented by Dr. Frank Lambert at the ALISE 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in January, 2015.  The poster presented research undertaken by Lambert, Blundell, and Dr. Meghan Harper in KSU SLIS during 2014.

*Published “Storifying the remedial undergraduate student experience: How one class inspired an information literacy research agenda” in the May edition of Rhetoric Today, a publication of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Article is available at






Greetings From The UL Portal

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The 2015 Friends of the University Library Outstanding Student Employee Award

Congratulations to Charbel Cherfan and Roxanne Smethers!  They have been chosen to receive The 2015 Friends of the University Library Outstanding Student Employee Award because of their exemplary service, hard work, and dedication to the University Libraries.

The award includes a $1,000 scholarship check which will be awarded to them at the University Libraries Service Awards on April 22, 2015 at  Bierce Library Rm. 351 3:00pm-4:30pm.  Additionally, their name will be inscribed on the Outstanding Student Award Plaque, located in Bierce Library.

Join me in thanking them for their outstanding and indispensable service that they have given to University Libraries patrons, staff, and faculty during their time here. Again, congratulations on a job well done!