A different approach to using Films on Demand

Did you know that Films on Demand has a calendar feature? This chronological access tool provides educators and students a great way to locate high-interest media content for lessons and assignments related to both current and historic events. For example, October resources highlight National Breast Cancer Awareness month, National Bullying Prevention month, Halloween, Columbus Day, the historic day the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York City and much more.

To access this handy calendar feature, launch the Films on Demand homepage, click on the “Menu” icon in the top left corner, and then select “Calendar” to view a month-by-month list of key events including birthdays, holidays, and historical dates. A treasure trove of information awaits!

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News about the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR)

The print edition of the PDR has ceased and the publisher has made the resource available electronically on the Internet for free at www.pdr.net. The new name of the resource is Prescriber’s Digital Reference. UA library patrons can connect to the PDR via a link in the library catalog or a link in the A-Z Database list. The new online version makes it convenient for anyone, not just medical personnel, to look up information on medications. The layout is very clear, the design is functional, and the simple search bar provides easy access to the massive amount of content. A fee-based, electronic version of the PDR is available for individuals but not for institutions.

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#CollegeHacks That Will Save You Money

We know that being a college student can be hard financially, so we put together a list of #collegehacks that can help save you money. Some of them are library related and some are not.


Stop in the library to see if your textbooks are available to checkout or request. We have some of the more general class’s textbooks available on reserve for a two hour check. If we don’t have your textbook on reserve we can also check to see if it is available in our regular collection or in OhioLINK.  You can also check with your professors to see if you can use an older edition if the current edition isn’t available.

Buddy System

Make a friend that is in the same major as you that way you can carpool to main campus together, not only will you save money on gas you can also share a parking pass. If you have to miss class one day you will always have someone there that will share their notes with you. You may even be able to share textbooks.

Streaming Video

As a University of Akron patron you have access to FREE streaming motion pictures. Use this link here: https://goo.gl/1zVPMX.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Student has a free 6 month trial then after that it is 50% off. With it you get free 2-day shipping, unlimited streaming of Prime movies and TV shows, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, 20% off pre-order and new release video games, exclusive deals and savings, and more!

Library Reserves

The library has everyday items you can check out for a shorter amount of time, like umbrellas, calculators, laptops, a camcorder, a projector, headphones, USBs, and more.

YMCA Discount

Wayne College students only have to pay $70 a semester for an Orrville YMCA membership. This includes everything that a normal membership would, even unlimited access to all YMCAs throughout Ohio. View this brochure for more information http://orrvilledalton-ymca.org/documents/focus/Memberships.pdf.

We hope you learned a new #collegehack that will help you out this semester.

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Spot Fake News in 10 Quick Steps

Identify fake news yourself with this quick, 10-step guide from information giant, Lexis Nexis. It’s easy and fast.  Follow this link for the PDF guide which can be downloaded or printed if you like.  http://tinyurl.com/y9lgnayf


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Research Databases: Updates and Reminders

This is a reminder that the UA Libraries subscription to RefWorks will cease June 30th.

If you need help deciding which new bibliographic management tool is right for you, please consult http://libguides.uakron.edu/refmanage

Also, UA Libraries will not be renewing the subscription to AccessScience.  Coverage ends 7/1/17.

For further questions, contact the library Information Desk.


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Academic Libraries have a Positive Impact on Student Learning and Success

A recent, in-depth study by The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) shows that academic libraries contribute to student learning and success. Below are the 5 outcomes of the investigation.

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.
  5. Library research consultations boost student learning.

A condensed version or executive summary of the study is available here.

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Food for Fines: Thanks!

This year the library collected 120 items and $9.00 in cash as part of our annual “Food for Fines” fine-forgiveness campaign. These items were donated to Wooster’s People to People Ministries. Thank you very much to everyone that participated by taking care of their library fines.   A special thanks to all of those people who contributed items or money even though they did not have any library fines. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to support this fantastic organization!

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Don’t Miss Out

There isn’t much time left to take advantage of the library’s “Food for Fines” campaign. Bring in non-perishable items and your fines will be waived on a per-item basis.  Sorry, we cannot forgive charges associated with lost materials replacement as part of this fine forgiveness campaign.
The campaign ends on May 13, so don’t wait!

Items most needed are:
• cereal
• applesauce
• canned pasta dinners (ravioli or SpaghettiOs)
• crackers
• peanut butter

Even if you do not have any library fines, please consider contributing to this worthy cause.

All items collected will be donated to People to People Ministries.

If you have any questions you can contact Tina Kilcullen at tkilcul@uakron.edu.

Location: Library

Contact Information:
Tina Kilcullen

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Lexis Nexis Academic to become Nexis Uni this year

The full-text research database, Lexis Nexis Academic, will be replaced by the new product, Nexis Uni, over the summer. When Uni is released users will be encouraged to register for an ID and password to take advantage of the personalization features of this new product. In the interim, PR information has been released on the Lexis Nexis website stating how Nexis Uni will accelerate the research process and allow for more collaboration. To learn more, visit the following hyperlink: https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/nexis-uni/students.page


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Quiet Zone During Final Week

In order to help our students do their best on their final exams, the library will be offering a quiet place for study during exam week, Monday, May 8, through Saturday, May 13.

Students, faculty, and staff are asked to remain quiet in the library during this week and turn off their cell phones before they enter the library. Headphones are available at the information desk for anyone wishing to listen to audio on their computers.

Silence will be enforced in the table area, community room, and library lab. Students wishing to use the group study rooms are also asked to refrain from loud discussions and to close the door when studying with groups.

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