LibGuides v2 Going Live!

Hello Everyone,

This morning I will be coordinating with IT to take our LibGuide v2 site live! During this transition, our guides may not be accessible. If you attempt to login to v1 while we’re working on the transfer and you can’t access it, point your browser to this URL:

Our v1 site will live here for a period of 6 months. Once the process is complete, our v2 guides will be accessible just as you used to access v1. I’ll need a little bit of time to get everything working, but if everything goes well, v2 should be ready, live, and online by the end of the day!

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Sierra Review Files Reconfigured

Sierra Review files have been reconfigured as follows:

  • 100 review files are available to create lists
  • Review file sizes range from 100 records to 500,000 records
    • 100 10 files
    • 500 10 files
    • 1,000 20 files
    • 3,000 10 files
    • 5,000 20 files
    • 10,000 15 files
    • 25,000 10 files
    • 50,000 4 files
    • 80,000 2 files
    • 100,000 2 files
    • 250,000 1 file
    • 500,000 1 file


  • Restart Sierra to see the new review file configuration.
  • Take care when selecting a review file. Make sure you are selecting an empty review file or you are overwriting your own review file.  If you’re overwriting a review file, please take a moment to look at the message on screen and make sure you are not overwriting someone else’s review file.
  • Be respectful and courteous to others and empty your review file(s) when you have completed your work.
  • Learn more about creating lists and working with review files at: lists

Ian McCullough’s Professional Accomplishments

Ian McCullough

Physical Sciences Librarian

We are pleased to report on Ian McCullough’s varied accomplishments. Well Done!



ALA-ACRL-STS Scholarly Communications Committee, re-appointment ending June 2016

Faculty Senate, University Libraries representative, elected for three year term beginning Fall 2015


Refereed Reviews:

“Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals 2015/201.” Reference Reviews, 29(6), 10-12. doi: 10.1108/RR-04-2015-0099

“Weeds of North America 2015/151.” Reference Reviews, 29(4), 32–39. doi:10.1108/RR-02-2015-0030



Scholarly Communications Committee (ACRL-STS), Moderator, Panel Discussion, ALA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2015


Continuing Education:

ACRL Immersion Teacher Track, Seattle, WA, August 2-7, 2015.



Formal acknowledgement on two papers from the Kennedy group in Polymer Science.



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.