Scheduled downtime: ProQuest Aug 8, 10pm

On Saturday, August 8, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of its products. The system maintenance window is scheduled to begin at 10:00 PM American Eastern Standard Time and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

Research databases
ProQuest platform (
ProQuest Congressional (
ProQuest Dialog (
Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
eLibrary (all editions)
ProQuest Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Obituaries
ProQuest Research Companion
SIRS (all editions)

Dissertation publishing
ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator

Reference management/Research support tools
COS Funding Opportunities
COS Scholar Universe

Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
Books in Print®
LibraryThing for Libraries™
ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™
Resources for College Libraries

SAN (Standard Address Number)


Blundell Appointed Committee Chair

Shelley Blundell

Instructional Design/Education Librarian

Research and Learning Services

Congratulations to Shelley Blundell! The Society of Ohio Archivists (SOA) Council has approved her appointment as SOA Educational Programming Committee chair. According to their website, the Society of Ohio Archivists’ mission is to exchange information, coordinate activities, and improve professional competence in Ohio’s archives and manuscript repositories. The Education and Programming Committee plans the annual SOA spring conference and professional development workshops. Activities include choosing a conference theme, solicitation and selection of session presenters, selection of plenary speaker, publication and distribution of conference announcements, collecting conference evaluations, and planning professional development workshops of interest to members. Sounds like a worthwhile responsibility. Good luck!



Lazar Uses IdeaExchange to Create Tribute to Jorgensen’s Career

To commemorate the 26-year career of Robert D. Jorgensen, Professor of Music Emeritus and Director of Bands Emeritus, the University of Akron Libraries has created a website featuring scans of over 30 programs from Mr. Jorgensen’s tenure at the University of Akron. Mr. Jorgensen passed away suddenly on July 4, 2015. Please contact Lisa Lazar (x8242, with any questions regarding the project.


Everett Awarded Two National Scholarships

Stephanie Dawson Everett was recently awarded two significant national scholarships towards the completion of a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.

The American Library Association (ALA) selected Stephanie as a 2015-2016 Spectrum Scholar awarding her with a one-year, non-renewable award of $5,000 in scholarship funds and reserving $1,500 for her participation in ALA and the 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. She was designated as the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Scholar in this year’s Spectrum cohort.

She was also selected as an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2015-17 Diversity Scholar. This honor provides a financial award of up to $10,000 towards tuition and expenses to attend the 2016 ARL Leadership Institute Symposium held in Boston. Additional award benefits include a site visit to a sponsored research library, $2,500 for professional development, and a student membership in a professional organization.

Both scholarships seek to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals in the field of library and information science to best position libraries at the core of today’s culturally diverse communities. Selections were made based on the applicant’s commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements, and leadership potential.

Stephanie is currently pursuing the Library Management track at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. She expects to complete her MLIS in the fall of 2016.

“The Archival Advantage”–New report from OCLC

OCLC has published an essay by Jackie Dooley which argues for involving archivists in the management of born-digital library materials. It also focuses on ten areas of archival expertise and their relevance to the digital context.  The report can be downloaded here:

Hello Everyone,

Per Michael:

Please log out of Windows on any workstations before you leave for the day.  We will be doing the final server shutdown and transition early, tomorrow.  By logging out, you will close any network files you might still have open and not realize it.

As always, do put in a ticket if you have any issues with your network files or broken shortcuts after then.