Updates and New Stuff for Fall

Based on feedback gathered during space study surveys in the Spring, we’ve updated and upgraded several services and programs for students this fall.

Highlights include:

  • MakerStudio Move Relocated to the ground floor of Bierce, the expanded MakerStudio is a great place to explore and work collaboratively
  • Media Collection Featured on First Floor Browse the DVDs, CDs and newspapers in their new location in the first floor Learning Commons in Bierce
  • Refreshed Study Rooms Each study room in Bierce got a new coat of paint and freshly cleaned carpets
  • New Equipment for Lending More calculators, cameras, tripods, and fresh laptops for checkout
  • New Furniture One person tables and new chairs for quiet individual study on the 3rd floor of Bierce and bean bags on the ground floor. Plus four mobile whiteboards on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
  • New Lockers at the Science and Technology Library. Program your own code and use one of the nine lockers throughout the day.
  • New Learning Management System Brightspace, formerly Springboard, is our upgraded web-based course management system.
  • New Series of Events Gather @ the Library is a series of events curated by the University Libraries. Weekly events range from workshops and author talks to discussions.

Gather @ the Library Series

We’re launching the Gather @ the Library series this Fall. This is a series of events curated by the University Libraries to help campus share strategies, progress and companionship all in a low-stress environment. Weekly events will feature workshops, author talks, and discussions.

Check out the line-up: GatherFall2017

Stress-Less Week at the UL (May 1-5)

The dogs are back and so much more next week at the library. Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5, students will be able to enjoy some stress-reducing, free and fun activities.

  • WagTime Therapy Dogs will visit in Bierce Monday- Friday at lunch (11am-1pm). *NEW hours* More therapy dogs will be visiting from 5-6pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  SIGN UP HERE TO VOLUNTEER
  • *NEW* Coffee with the Cops Wednesday morning 10am-noon- free coffee and cookies.
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be first come first served in Bierce Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
  • Late-night coffee will be offered nightly in Bierce and Science Libraries from 8-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Other popular activities like PB&J deli, button and magnet making, coloring tables and more will be available throughout the week.

Bierce Library will also have extended hours during pre-finals and finals week- staying open until 1am Sunday through Thursday each week.

For more information and a schedule of events, please contact Stephanie

Amy Freels’ Cover Wins Prize

veronicaA UA Press cover submitted by Amy Freels was selected as a winner in the 2016 Book, Jacket and Journal Show.

Judging for the show took place January 21-22 at the AAUP Central Office in New York City. This year, 258 books, 3 Journals, and 348 jacket and cover designs were submitted for a total of 609 unique entries. The jurors carefully selected 37 books and 40 jackets and covers as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

The 2016 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show will premiere at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, June 16-18, 2016. Afterward, the show will be exhibited at member presses around the country from September 2016 through May 2017.

Congrats, Amy!

PreFinals Week- The Dogs are Back!

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Whoa- PreFinals week is here already! Monday, December 7 through Friday, December, 11, students will be able to enjoy some stress-reducing, free and fun activities.
• WagTime Therapy Dogs will visit each day noon to 2pm.
• Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be first come first served Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
• Late-night coffee will be offered nightly in Bierce and Science Libraries from 8-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Sign up for dog duty will be coming shortly.

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.

Easier than Ever to Book Rooms in Bierce

Booking study rooms and learning studios in Bierce Library got a much needed upgrade!

Over the summer, Paul and the Access Services staff moved all our 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.

At the beginning of this semester, we started moving our mediated booking (Learning Studios) bookings to LibCal as well. As of yesterday, Don will be approving all Learning Studio bookings via LibCal only (thanks Don!). The links on our website have been updated and hopefully you’ll find the experience to be seamless and much simpler.

This is the direct link for booking a learning studio: http://uakron.libcal.com/booking/learningstudios 

If you have questions about how the system works, please contact Paul x6986 or Stephanie x7224.