The University Libraries has established a team and a team donation site for the Heart Walk that will take place on Aug 26th. My thanks to Melanie McGurr and Mike Monaco for helping establish the University Libraries’ Team BiblioBeats!
You will have seen President Wilson’s message about participating in the Heart Walk, and that the University’s goal for fundraising is a modest $2000. http://share.uakron.edu/mailAll/Digest/article/1326999
Team BiblioBeats’ goal is $250. Our team page is available and you can go there to join the team and/or make a donation. Feel free to share the link if you want to encourage others to donate. Each department head also has a donation envelope, should you just wish to contribute just a few dollars. If you do and need a receipt contact me.
You and your friends and family are all welcome to join Team BiblioBeats and the other University of Akron teams in the walk on Aug 26th, which starts from the Stiles Field House at 10am. Doors open for the exposition at 8.30. Donations are not required to participate in the walk.
The go live date for the new catalog is being reset for January 3rd, 2018. A number of factors went into the decision to delay roll out. The later date allows time for the Material Type project to be completed, some issues brought up in the feedback process to be addressed, more robust testing done with the students in the fall, and announcements to be sent to the Digest to give patrons notification of the change.
We are working through the feedback gathered from the online form and the feedback meeting held at the end of spring semester. Updates will be announced on the Staff portal and at library meetings. The new catalog will go live on January 3rd, and a link to the old catalog will be available for one week only while we check for any problems.
Please contact Melanie Mc if you have any questions or concerns. Mmcgurr1@uakron.edu or x5390.
Marilia Antúnez, Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
In July 2017, Marilia Antúnez attended a systematic review workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about her experience, check out her blog for the GMR (Greater Midwest Chapter of the NNLM). See https://news.nnlm.gov/gmr/attending-the-july-systematic-reviews-workshop-at-the-university-of-pittsburgh/
What an Inspiring Opportunity, Marilia!
Melanie McGurr, Ph.D., Head, Electronic Services
Melanie McGurr has been actively participating in professional activities. She presented “Challenges and Opportunities: One Academic Library, Seven Hospitals and a Consortial Move“ with Demetria Patrick from NEOMED at ALA Annual in Chicago for the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee.
She also joined the ALA Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) Systems and Services Committee for a three-year term and recently started a one-year term as an ALCTS Mentor for a new librarian at a health sciences library.
Closer to home, Melanie is currently serving on The University of Akron Talent Development and Human Resources Committee.
Way to keep busy, Melanie!
Ian McCullough, Physical Sciences Librarian and Interim Head, S & T Library
Ian McCullough wrote a chapter with Jo Ann Calzonetti, “Are They Different? An Investigation of Space and Learning in a STEM Branch Library” which has been published in Assessing Library Space for Learning, edited by Susan Montgomery and published by Roman & Littlefield (2017).
In addition, Ian also wrote a non-refereed article reflecting on his trip to the ACS convention for ACS Axial: “Reflecting on My Experience as an ACS Librarian Travel Grant Winner”
Link here – http://axial.acs.org/2017/05/03/connecting-and-engaging-with-the-librarian-community-at-the-acs-national-meeting/
Nice work, Ian!
Goodyear Wingfoot players in November 1950.CreditJoe E. Falcone, via Archival Services, The University of Akron Libraries
You may have read an email recently providing a link to a New York Times article on basketball, specifically: An N. B. A. Throwback: Ads on Jerseys
The article details a history of basketball and uniform sponsorship throughout the years with photographic support from Archival Services, The University of Akron Libraries.
Please go to: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/sports/nba-cleveland-cavaliers-goodyear.html
Take note of the numerous photos provided by Archival Services. Nice work!
Susan Ashby, Electronic Services
Mike Monaco, Coordinator, Cataloging Services, Electronic Services
On May 23rd, Susan Ashby and Mike Monaco presented “It takes a village (and a lot of documentation) : managing electronic resources,” at the 2017 Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
OhioLINK will be using their regular maintenance window next Wednesday, May 31, from 5am to 7am, to complete scheduled maintenance on the Electronic Journal Center.
There will be associated downtime with this maintenance. OhioLINK expects the outage to last 30-60 minutes during this period.
Steve Kaufman from the University Libraries’ Design and Development Services has been selected to participate in the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit as one of our regional OhioLINK representatives. He will be part of a state-wide leadership team promoting the use of open texts and open educational resources. Seven regional reps will be attending the institute, and when they return will provide excellent coverage for train-the-trainer workshops and related activities in support of this initiative.
See more about OhioLINK’s OTN intiative.
See more about how institutions, including UA, are promoting textbook affordability.
Jamie Newhall and Jon Endres
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Jamie Newhall, Instructional Services, and Jon Endres, who works part-time in Psychology Archives, received the 2017 Society of Ohio Archivists Merit Award at the SOA Annual Meeting on Friday, May 19 for their work on the wire recorder project. According to the website, the Award is given to individuals or organizations that have by excellence in deeds, actions, or initiatives improved the state of archives in Ohio over the past year. For more info: http://www.ohioarchivists.org/merit_award/
They were also presenters at TEDxAkron 2017 on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at the recently refurbished Goodyear Theater. According to the TEDxAkron website, TEDx expands TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, beyond its annual conference by seeding smaller, independent events throughout the nation, called TEDx. TEDxAkron emulates the spirit and ideals of the TED Conference. For more info: http://www.tedxakron.com/
Well Done, Jamie & Jon!