ALAO Representation & More

Results of the recent Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) election find two of our very own representing The University of Akron University Libraries.  Congratulations to Don Appleby, Access Services, who was elected Treasurer and Beate Gersch, Research & Learning Services, who was elected as Board Member-at-Large.

In addition, Beate was just appointed as Secretary of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) /Instruction Section Management and Leadership Committee.  She is excited to be serving the library profession at both the state and national level next year!

Impressive! Thanks for serving!

 

Scheduled OhioLINK Services Outage on Dec 28

Scheduled Services Outage

OH-TECH needs to complete some urgent maintenance on the systems that govern access to our servers. This maintenance will take place on Wednesday Dec 28 from 8pm-10pm. While OH-TECH works on these modules, users will not be able to access OhioLINK services.

Affected Services:

• ohiolink.edu
• EJC
• EBC
• ETD Center
• Central Catalog*
• DRC
• Music Center
• Rave URL resolver

We are not anticipating any issues after the maintenance, as the services themselves are not being taken down. OH-TECH is just interrupting the access routes. Once access is restored, OhioLINK will double check everything, but services should be up and functioning as they were before the maintenance.

* While the Central Catalog is unavailable, messages between local catalogs and Central will be queued and processed when Central is available again. This will include all PCIRC renewals and pickup anywhere transactions.

Once the maintenance is completed, OhioLINK will check the record queues from the local catalogs to Central and make sure that they are connected and that any queued messages are being processed.

We recognize that OhioLINK users are working all the time, and OH-TECH has scheduled this work over Winter Break to hopefully impact the lowest number of users.

2016 IUG Enhancement Voting

As a member of IUG, University Libraries is eligible to vote for 2016 IUG Enhancement ballot items.  As IUG liaison I’m the person designated to complete the ballot. Based on your input I’ll cast votes in each of the categories that are applicable to our Sierra system.

2016 IUG Enhancement Ballot:

https://sps.uakron.edu/sites/UL/depts/es/Shared%20Documents/Functional%20Area%20Documents/Systems/Sierra/IUG_Ballot_2016.pdf

  • Below are the page numbers for the functional areas applicable to our Sierra system set-up. Look over the ballot items in each section that corresponds to the function(s) you use in Sierra.
  • Select up to the maximum number of ballot items allowed in each functional section. Copy and paste the Ballot # into a list. Examples: ACQ-1 Funds, CIR-40 Patron Record.
  • Some sections may be of interest to all: Create Lists, Core Functionality, WebPac, Statistics and Reporting
  • Once you have completed your list(s) of ballot items, send them to me by 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday 2/29.

 

Acquisitions (choose 8)                          Page       1

Cataloging  (choose 4)                            Page       8

Circulation  (choose 22)                          Page      12

Core Functionality  (choose 10)             Page      32

Create Lists and
Global/Rapid Updates  (choose 4)         Page      41

ERM   (choose 2)                                      Page      45

INNReach   (choose 2)                             Page      52

Other Programs  (choose 2)                    Page      54

Serials  (choose 3)                                   Page      58

Statistics and Reporting   (choose 3)    Page      61

WebPAC   (choose 12)                             Page      64

 You can view previous year’s ballots and the 2016 Ballot in Excel format on the IUG website.  You’ll need to log in with your MyIUG Login. If you don’t have a MyIUG login, you can create one. Our member code is 456.

 

For more information on the IUG Enhancement Process:

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.

 

 

OhioLINK scheduled downtime 6/12-6/13

All OH-TECH organizations – including OhioLINK – are moving to a new data center, as the building which houses their current data center is slated to be demolished. The new location at the State of Ohio Computing Center will provide OhioLINK with a near-Tier 4 data center that can deliver a higher grade of services and achieve greater efficiencies. OhioLINK has worked hard to schedule this move so as to minimize the disruption to OhioLINK end users. However, it is necessary to schedule one maintenance window which will involve a significant outage of all OhioLINK hosted services.

All OhioLINK hosted services will be down for the move during the following window: Friday, June 12, 6pm – Saturday, June 13, 12pm (noon).

This will include:

  • OhioLINK website and Ostaff
  • Central Catalog
  • EJC
  • EBC
  • DRC
  • ETD
  • EAD
  • EZProxy hosted at OhioLINK – UA EZProxy will be unaffected
  • Rave URLS
  • OhioLINK Ticketing System

Booking Study Rooms

Booking study rooms in Bierce Library will soon be getting an upgrade!

We are initiating a LibCal study room booking pilot on June 8, 2015. The purpose of this pilot is to move all 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.

Paul, Stephanie, and the Access Department will be testing the new LibCal system during intersession, beginning May 11 and concluding June 5. During this time period, no booking of Bierce Library study rooms will be available to students. The Access folks will put a sign on each study room door noting that a new system will begin in June and that all study rooms are first come, first serve until June 8, 2015. The Bierce Library study room records in the catalog have been suppressed so that students cannot place a booking through Sierra. Paul has updated our webpages.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Melanie, Stephanie or Paul.

Current Progress on the Sierra Data Dictionary

The Sierra Audit Data Dictionary for Items, Locations and Patrons are now complete and available to view in Sharepoint. Excel documents are located in Access Services Committee –> Shared documents –> Sierra Audit. If you are interested in looking at the in-progress wiki that we have been using to collaborate on the Sierra Audit, let me know and I can grant you viewing permissions.