Tammy Stitz, Applied Science Librarian
In the September 2017 ALAO Newsletter, Tammy Stitz had an article published about LaTeX in the column “News from the trenches”. Check out this link for the story: https://newsletter.alaoweb.org/2017/09/15/notes-from-the-trenches-2/
Nice going, Tammy!
Mark Bloom, Archival Services, is now a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. The Academy of Certified Archivists, founded in 1989 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, is an independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined standards such as having a Master’s in Archives Administration or a related Master’s degree with archives specific coursework, completing at least 3,500 hours of work experience in a professional capacity, and passing a Certified Archivist examination. This examination tests the candidate’s knowledge in the following areas:
- Selection, Appraisal, and Acquisition
- Arrangement and Description of Documents
- Reference Services and Access to Documents
- Preservation and Protection of Documents
- Outreach, Advocacy, and Promotion of Documentary Collections and Archival Repositories
- Managing Archival Programs
- Professional, Ethical, and Legal Responsibilities
Mark successfully met all the qualifications and passed the examination in July 2017.
On September 11-12, the University Libraries hosted the John F. Kline Jr. Memorial Map Cataloging Workshop. Joy Ramos and Valerie Jenkins attended the hands-on training as did 13 other catalogers from Ohio and five other states, with some coming from as far away as Montana and Alabama! It was taught by Paige G. Andrew, a recognized authority on map cataloging from Penn State University. The workshop was organized by Mike Monaco with invaluable assistance from Stephanie Everett, Melanie McGurr, David Prochazka, and Don Appleby.
What a thoughtful & educational tribute.
Recently posted Innovative Webinar Recordings
- “Q3 Innovative Corporate Update”, presented by Innovative CEO Jim Tallman.
- “Do More With Your ILS Using the Sierra APIs”.
Links to these and other recorded Innovative webinars can be found in the Innovative Customer Supportal. Information for accessing the Supportal and these recordings are posted on the Sierra SharePoint
The Sierra application and database servers will be updated to Sierra 3.1 at 2:00 pm on Wednesday August 23rd. Sierra will be down for 45-60 minutes during the upgrade and reboot. Sierra should be back up and running by or before 3:00 pm.
- This update includes all fixes, enhancements, and features included in Sierra 2.1 through 2.4. and 3.0.
- Please open a Footprints ticket if you are unable to launch Sierra or have any post-update problems or issues.
- To see what’s new in Sierra, and/or to access Sierra release notes, go to the Sierra SharePoint at: https://sps.uakron.edu/sites/UL/depts/es/ulsys/sierra/default.aspx.
- eServices will be scheduling several What’s New in Sierra 3.0 Brown Bags in September and October. More details coming soon.
The University Libraries has established a team and a team donation site for the Heart Walk that will take place on Aug 26th. My thanks to Melanie McGurr and Mike Monaco for helping establish the University Libraries’ Team BiblioBeats!
You will have seen President Wilson’s message about participating in the Heart Walk, and that the University’s goal for fundraising is a modest $2000. http://share.uakron.edu/mailAll/Digest/article/1326999
Team BiblioBeats’ goal is $250. Our team page is available and you can go there to join the team and/or make a donation. Feel free to share the link if you want to encourage others to donate. Each department head also has a donation envelope, should you just wish to contribute just a few dollars. If you do and need a receipt contact me.
You and your friends and family are all welcome to join Team BiblioBeats and the other University of Akron teams in the walk on Aug 26th, which starts from the Stiles Field House at 10am. Doors open for the exposition at 8.30. Donations are not required to participate in the walk.
The go live date for the new catalog is being reset for January 3rd, 2018. A number of factors went into the decision to delay roll out. The later date allows time for the Material Type project to be completed, some issues brought up in the feedback process to be addressed, more robust testing done with the students in the fall, and announcements to be sent to the Digest to give patrons notification of the change.
We are working through the feedback gathered from the online form and the feedback meeting held at the end of spring semester. Updates will be announced on the Staff portal and at library meetings. The new catalog will go live on January 3rd, and a link to the old catalog will be available for one week only while we check for any problems.
Please contact Melanie Mc if you have any questions or concerns. Mmcgurr1@uakron.edu or x5390.
Marilia Antúnez, Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
In July 2017, Marilia Antúnez attended a systematic review workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. To learn more about her experience, check out her blog for the GMR (Greater Midwest Chapter of the NNLM). See https://news.nnlm.gov/gmr/attending-the-july-systematic-reviews-workshop-at-the-university-of-pittsburgh/
What an Inspiring Opportunity, Marilia!
Melanie McGurr, Ph.D., Head, Electronic Services
Melanie McGurr has been actively participating in professional activities. She presented “Challenges and Opportunities: One Academic Library, Seven Hospitals and a Consortial Move“ with Demetria Patrick from NEOMED at ALA Annual in Chicago for the ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee.
She also joined the ALA Library Leadership and Management Association’s (LLAMA) Systems and Services Committee for a three-year term and recently started a one-year term as an ALCTS Mentor for a new librarian at a health sciences library.
Closer to home, Melanie is currently serving on The University of Akron Talent Development and Human Resources Committee.
Way to keep busy, Melanie!
Ian McCullough, Physical Sciences Librarian and Interim Head, S & T Library
Ian McCullough wrote a chapter with Jo Ann Calzonetti, “Are They Different? An Investigation of Space and Learning in a STEM Branch Library” which has been published in Assessing Library Space for Learning, edited by Susan Montgomery and published by Roman & Littlefield (2017).
In addition, Ian also wrote a non-refereed article reflecting on his trip to the ACS convention for ACS Axial: “Reflecting on My Experience as an ACS Librarian Travel Grant Winner”
Link here – http://axial.acs.org/2017/05/03/connecting-and-engaging-with-the-librarian-community-at-the-acs-national-meeting/
Nice work, Ian!