Harris & Monaco Presenters at IUG-OH

Gregg Harris and Mike Monaco gave presentations at the Innovative Users Group Ohio conference (IUG-OH) at the State Library of Ohio on September 22. Gregg presented “Utilizing Payment Data with Excel VBA,” with Luke Avsec (alum of The University of Akron). Mike presented “Enhancing Your Catalog with MarcEdit: Batch-Adding Subject Headings and an OhioLINK Refresh Project” with Paul Heyde of Case Western Reserve University.

Nice work, both of you!

 

 

Mark Bloom: Certified Archivist

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.

Congratulations, Mark!

 

Memorial Map Cataloging Workshop

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

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

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

Sierra: Update 3.1 to be installed on 8/23/2017

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.

Team BiblioBeats & The Heart Walk

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.

http://www2.heart.org/goto/TeamBiblioBeats

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.

Live date for catalog refresh now January 3rd

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.