Double Header at Friday’s ALAO Conference

If you weren’t at the ALAO Conference last Friday, in Lewis Center, Ohio, you may not have heard the brouhaha when our Karen Plummer was awarded not one, but TWO awards!  She received the Teddy award from the Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group, which “recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the technical, electronic or digital services fields” (

Karen also received ALAO’s Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award, in acknowledgement of her ongoing promotion of “academic libraries and librarianship not only on …her own campus, but also within the state” (  This is the second time in three years a colleague at The University of Akron has been honored with this prestigious award; Don Appleby received it in 2013.

Congratulations, Karen!  This is reportedly the first time a single ALAO member has won two of their awards in a single year.


ALCTS webinar: RDA Serials Cataloging Update

On December 8, at 2:00, University Libraries will host a live showing of an ALCTS webinar titled “RDA Serials Cataloging Update,” presented by Steve Shadle (University of Washington).  We’ve reserved Bierce Learning Studio 154 for the event.  Additional information about the webinar is available at  Questions?  Ask David or Michelle.


OCLC Research publishes ‘The Library in the Life of the User’

DUBLIN, Ohio, 09 November 2015—OCLC Research has published a new compilation, The Library in the Life of the User: Engaging with People Where They Live and Learn, which represents more than a decade of collaborative work studying the information-seeking behaviors of library users.

Compiled and co-authored by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, findings from The Library in the Life of the User articulate the need for the design of future library services to be focused on the library user. The compilation is intended to provide a sequential overview of the findings of user behavior research for librarians, information scientists, and library and information science students and researchers as they think about new ways to provide user-centered library services.

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Archival Services to Show Rare Airship Films

Archival Services of University Libraries at The University of Akron will be hosting a public showing of three historic airship films on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Archival Services, Polsky Building, Room LL10. The original films, which are part of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Records in Archival Services, were transferred from their original nitrate motion picture stock to safety film and digitized thanks to a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation. The films, which are now publicly available for the first time, include footage of the construction, christening, and operation of the U.S.S. Akron (ZRS-4), a U.S. Navy rigid airship that was once called “the largest, strongest aerial creature ever fashioned and flown by man.” The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  For directions and parking see


Vic Fleischer– Presents & Publishes

Victor Fleischer

Archival Services


Vic offers input on Archivists’ challenges and contingency planning for libraries. Well Done!

Vic Fleischer, University Archivist and Head of Archival Services,


On a panel titled “Shared Challenges of Archivists and Museum Professionals” at the Society of American Archivists Conference in Cleveland on August 19th.


Published a chapter with Jo Ann Calzonetti, Head of the Science & Technology Library, titled “Deferred Maintenance and Space Repurposing: The Impact on Libraries and Archives Disaster and Contingency Planning,” in Emily Decker and Jennifer Townes, eds., Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries (Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2015).


Ian McCullough Published

Ian McCullough

Physical Sciences Librarian

Science and Technology Library

Ian put the word out by writing about the Science Faculty Research Gallery for the “Short Communications” section of ISTL as noted below.  Nice work!

“Science Outreach through Art: A Journal Article Cover Gallery.” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 81(Summer 2015). doi:10.5062/F4CJ8BGG


Shelley Blundell Recognized

Shelley Blundell

Instructional Design Librarian

Research and Learning Services

Shelley has been busy expanding her professional horizons on a variety of levels. Congratulations!


Shelley Blundell will receive a Kent State University Faculty Recognition Award on October 23, 2015.  This award is student-nominated, and allows students the opportunity to provide their perspective on an individual faculty member through this nomination, providing support for a faculty member who truly made a difference in their life at Kent State University.


Shelley Blundell was selected to present the poster “A descriptive phenomenological investigation of the academic information search process of remedial undergraduate students” as a part of the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition at the Association for Library and Information Science Education conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in January, 2016.


Blundell, S. (July, 2015). Alternative medicine’s allure: Benjamin L. Hill. Timeline Magazine: The official publication of the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society).

Second Annual Ada Lovelace Day: Oct 13

University Libraries is hosting the second annual poster session in honor of Ada Lovelace Day. Posters showcase research by women in STEM fields at the University. The event is next Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Science and Technology Library. 

This event highlights the University of Akron as a place where women produce excellent research to serve as role models and inspirations to younger women who will hopefully stand beside their own research someday.The poster session is open to the public.

End of an Era

OCLC prints last library catalog cards

OCLC printed its last library catalog cards October 1, officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections. The final print run marked the end of a service that has steadily decreased over the past few decades as libraries moved their catalogs online. During the 44-year run of automated catalog card production, OCLC printed more than 1.9 billion cards.

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