Fleischer Serves as Judge and Reviewer

S. Victor Fleischer, University Archivist, Head of Archival Services, and Associate Professor of Bibliography, recently served as a judge for the 2019 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) regional Emmy Awards.  Due to his involvement in the production of the Emmy-nominated documentary film Lost Voices of the Great War, Fleischer was invited to judge numerous nominations in the Documentary—Historical/Cultural category for the NATAS Upper Midwest Chapter, which will hold its 20th Anniversary Emmy Gala in Minnesota on October 5th.  Fleischer has also been serving as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Archival Organization, an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis that encompasses all aspects of the arrangement, description, and provision of access to all forms of archival materials. 

Well Done, Vic!

When Archival Services started posting on the UL Facebook page, they curated carefully researched articles on University history, personalities, or events drawn from our collections. They’ve covered past and present campus buildings, people such as John R. Buchtel and “Aunty” Brown, and events like May Day, Engineer’s Day or the 1894 Faculty vs Seniors baseball game. Now with the help of student assistant Natalie Mitchell, the posts appeal not only to the historically minded but also draw interest from current students, alumni, faculty, and staff attracting more viewers, more shares, and more engagement. Each #tbt (throwback Thursday) post is the most engaging content on our page- performing even better than our beloved therapy dogs! 

Natalie talks about the process of preparing posts: “When writing Facebook posts, I attempt to find a theme that is either topical or novel in some way. I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of highlighting how campus life has changed over the generations, particularly because I know current UA students get a kick out of seeing how style and activities have changed or what traditions have stayed the same throughout UA’s history, while former UA students seem to enjoy reminiscing about their college days. I usually settle on a theme by flipping through our Tel-Buch and University Photographs collections and noting photos that were taken during a particular event or time of year or feature certain activities which could be compiled into a post, but sometimes a certain series of photos will simply catch my eye as having something in common and I go from there. When assembling the post, I try to choose photographs that complement one another, have some level of visual cohesion, and represent our diverse student body.”  Natalie’s post in May about graduation reached more than 12,000 people and had 492 reactions, comments, and shares. 

The average post takes 3-8 hours to prepare including the selection of the topic and images, digitization and editing of the images for social media, as well as verifying facts and proofreading. All the hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. University marketing and social media units on campus are utilizing our visual resources and requesting additional supporting information. 

Akron Alumn Eric Shawn Schweitzer commented, “I love seeing the old black and white photos of campus buildings long gone. I have three degrees from the University of Akron and was a student there from the Fall of 1990 through the Fall of 2000. It’s been some time since I’ve been on campus and boy has it changed. Looks good! I have always liked Bierce Library and thanks for showing so much of The University of Akron’s history!” 

Thank you to the team at Archives for contributing to University Libraries Facebook page:   Natalie Mitchell-Student Assistant, John Ball-Reference Archivist, Vic Fleischer-Head of Archival Services and Mark Bloom – Archives Associate Senior. 

Tosko Reviews Published

Mike Tosko has had a number of reviews recently published:

“The Travel Atlas.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 14, Mar. 2019, p. 38.

“Poetry 101: From Shakespeare and Rupi Kaur to Iambic Pentameter and Black Verse, Everything You Need to Know about Poetry.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 13, Mar. 2019, p. 18

“Atlas of the European Campaign, 1944-45.” Booklist, vol. 115, no. 7, Dec. 2018, p. 8

“Indian Treaties in the United States: An Encyclopedia and Documents Collection.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 56, no. 3, Nov. 2018, p. 324.

“South America, Central America and the Caribbean 2018.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 56, no. 1, Sept. 2018, p. 42

“The Blue and Gray Almanac: The Civil War in Facts and Figures, Recipes and Slang.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 11, July 2018, p. 1387

“Pop Culture in Europe.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 8, Apr. 2018, p. 943.

That’s quite a list, Mike!  Nice going!

Miller at P2L3

Jon Miller, Director, The University of Akron Press, recently spoke at the P2L3 Summit in Detroit, Michigan. 

“How to Encourage Faculty to Author Educational Resources.” P2L3 Summit, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of University Presses. Detroit, June 2019.

Nicely done, Jon!

Stitz IDEAL Poster Presentation

Tammy Stitz will be presenting the poster, Providing Thesis and Dissertation Support for Engineering Graduate Students: Preliminary Results, at IDEAL ’19: Advancing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility in Libraries & Archives on August 6 and 7, 2019.  In case you are unfamiliar, IDEAL aims to foster awareness and appreciation of workplace diversity issues through the exploration of exemplary practice, contemporary theory, thought leadership, and strategy development for all those in the academic and public library, archives, and museum sectors. 

Good for you, Tammy!

Electronic Resources Updates – 2019 Q2

The following information contains updates to the University Libraries collections and electronic resources for the second quarter of 2019. We are providing this information to update you about resources you are gaining or losing access to in the collection. We plan to publish collections and electronic resource changes quarterly to keep the campus community updated. Please use the links below to access a title list of additions and cancellations for this time period. Below you will also find information about significant projects and changes related to collections and electronic resources.

Resource Additions

Taylor and Francis Chemistry e-books A new set of 336 Taylor & Francis / CRC Press chemistry e-books can now be found within our catalog and on the T&F e-book platform. Please click here for a list of titles. Please contact Sean Kennedy or Ian McCullough for more details.

Resource Cancellations

Content Café 2 – Catalog enhancement tool has been canceled. You will no longer see book cover images or have access to book reviews from within our catalog. This change is effective 7/1/19.

Cabell’s Directories / Whitelist­ – This database provided journal publication information and rankings. It is a service we can no longer afford to keep. Access ends effective 8/30/19.

Knovel e-book content – We have reduced our content in the Knovel database. We no longer have electronic access to the ASM International Materials Collection. However, the heavily used electronic content is now available in print at the S&T library. This digital content is discontinued effective 7/1/19. Please contact Tammy Stitz with any questions.

CRL Membership­ – University Libraries is no longer a member of the Center for Research Libraries. Users may experience longer delays in Inter-library loan (ILL) and/or an inability of the library to acquire very old and/or eclectic serials via ILL.

ICPSR – This database provided access to research datasets. Users may still be able to acquire some ICPSR datasets for free or for a fee. This service can no longer be provided by UL due to budget. This resource has been canceled effective 7/1/19.

Dance in Video 1 & 2 – These two streaming video databases have been canceled effective 7/1/19.

History News – We have canceled our subscription to this print journal.

Oxford Reference Premium­ – This general reference database has been cancelled effective 7/1/19. Users looking for general reference type resources should consider the following: Oxford Very Short Introductions, Oxford Scholarship Online, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, or Gale Virtual Reference Library. Please contact your subject librarian for more information or help with this content.

Oxford African American Studies – This database covering pan-African studies and African American history and culture has been canceled due to low use. This resource is cancelled effective 7/1/19.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and American National Biography – These biography databases have been canceled effective 7/1/19. Users looking for biographical resources should consider the following: Gale Biography In Context, Biography Reference Bank, or a discipline specific resource (e.g., Gale Literature Resource Center). Please contact your subject librarian for more information or help with this content.

Akron Beacon Journal Archive

The library has recently lost access to our online hosting for the full page scans of the ABJ from 2008 – 2018. However, the library maintains this content in house and can provide it to you on request. The option now appears in our publication finder entry for the ABJ. Please contact Frank Bove or Gregg Harris for more details.

Reminder – Steaming Video Request Form

Faculty who would like access to a streaming video for use in a course can now complete this form to send us their request. Streaming video licenses are expensive and the library has a limited ability to accommodate these requests. However, we do provide access to streaming video when there is a need for streaming (e.g., online course) and an academic benefit to our students. You can find existing streaming video resources in our collection in the Films on Demand, Swank Motion Pictures, and Kanopy databases. Note: Kanopy cost is based on usage / number of plays so please use with appropriate discretion.

Have questions about collections?

Please submit questions or concerns related to collections to Sean Kennedy (skennedy@uakron.edu / 330-972-8581), Collections and Content Strategies Librarian.

Having problems with e-resources?

Please submit questions or concerns related to electronic resources to our contact form. Be sure to select “Accessing Electronic Resources” as your question on the form.

You may also contact Frank J. Bove (fjbove@uakron.edu / 330-972-5104), Electronic Resources Librarian & Coordinator of Acquisition Services, with any questions or concerns related to electronic resource access or content.

Authored by Frank Bove, Gregg Harris, and Sean Kennedy

McGurr — ALA & Other

At ALA, Melanie McGurr attended Technical Services related Interest Groups as well as participating in committees.  Melanie is on: ALA Publishing Committee and the LLAMA Technical Services and System Committee.  McGurr also presented at the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award to the University of Florida at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony.

In addition, Melanie McGurr has two proposals accepted (one for an article and one for a book chapter), both coming out in 2020.

“Outsourcing Technical Services in a Health Sciences Library” with Demetria Patrick from NEOMED for a special issue of Against the Grain on Outsourcing Technical Services.

A book chapter “Technical Services Librarians and Faculty Workload” for the book Technical Services in the 21st Century with Aimee deChambeau, Ian McCullough, and Mike Monaco.

Impressive, Melanie!  Nice teamwork!

Monaco Participates at ALA

At the American Library Association 2019 Conference & Exhibition in Washington DC, Mike Monaco was an invited speaker for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) program “MarcEdit: Past, Present & Future” with Terry Reese (Ohio State University; creator of the MarcEdit software) and Bryan Baldus (OCLC) on Sunday, June 23rd. He also moderated a series of presentations for the meeting of the ALCTS Catalog and Metadata Management Section’s Catalog Form and Function Interest Group on Saturday, June 22.

Well done, Mike!