Central Catalog Encore Launch

OhioLINK will be launching the Encore interface for the Central Catalog in late December. Encore allows OhioLINK to provide several improvements to Central’s user interface, offering more options to patrons using the Central Catalog.

At this time the UA Libraries will continue to direct OhioLINK pass through searches from our library catalog to the original Central Catalog interface (Classic Central Catalog). However, I’ve updated our staging catalog (http://library.uakron.edu:2082/) to pass though searches to OhioLINK Encore.  This will allow you to see how it works (or works differently).

Josh will create a button to click on to Search OhioLINK Encore, but for now just click on the Search Encore for this title link.

In case you missed it, below is the 11/28/2018 announcement sent to the ohiolink, ics, diad, lead, pcirc, and er resources mailing lists.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you are not subscribed to the general OhioLINK mailing and would like to be.

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You’ve been hearing about it from months, and at last, it’s almost here. Beginning December 19th  you’ll have access to Encore, a second, more modern search interface option for searching our Central Catalog.

We thought it might be helpful to present you with a brief FAQ and opportunity to increase familiarity with Encore ahead of its availability. You will continue to see reminders about Encore in the OhioLINK Weekly Update, and additional emails will go out as we get closer to December 19th.

 So, without further introduction, here’s what to know about Encore:

When will Encore be available for searching the Central Catalog?

Wednesday, December 19th

Is there a preview of Encore live now?

Yes. There is a “preview” of Encore live at https://catalog.ohiolink.edu. Though we        are referring to this site as a preview, patrons can use this site to request items          via Encore now, and Encore will continue to use this URL after the official live              date. 

Is there more information about Encore’s features available?

Yes. From earlier this year, there is a recorded webinar on Ostaff: https://www.ohiolink.edu/content/encore_preview_webinars 

The webinar includes more information on Encore’s features. 

What exactly will happen when Encore is live? 

On December 19th, the biggest change that you will notice is that the link to the Central Catalog on the OhioLINK homepage (https://www.ohiolink.edu) will be updated to link to the Encore version of the Central Catalog. That said, you can still access the Classic Catalog interface you currently use by clicking on the Classic Catalog link in Encore.

 Note that at any time after the launch, your library may decide to point the pass-through search from your local catalog to the Encore version of the Central Catalog, but this decision will remain a local one, based on what works best for your patrons.  

After Encore becomes available, will the older version of the Central Catalog still be available as well?

 YES. Encore is an alternative—not a replacement.  It provides an alternative version of the Central Catalog with newer features that your patrons are likely to find easier to use; it does not replace the version of Central that you currently use. OhioLINK will use the phrase, “Classic Catalog” to refer to the current interface for the Central Catalog and “Encore” will be the term used to refer to the new interface.

Which version should students use?

Both! The Classic and Encore interfaces are complimentary versions of the Central Catalog – it’s not an either/or choice.

For some searches, Encore’s single search and facets will be more intuitive for students; for more targeted searches, including OCLC number searches, the Classic Catalog will be the better choice, as it will allow patrons to search more granularly.

The important thing to remember is that you will be able to access BOTH versions from the new Encore interface. Simply click on the “Classic Catalog” link in the upper right corner of Encore to access the classic search interface.

Pre- Finals Week Events Schedule- December 2018

Monday, Dec 3

 

When Where What
 8 am – Bierce Lobby Donuts
11am-1pm Bierce Lobby Therapy Dogs
8 pm – close Bierce/S&T Coffee

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 4

 

When Where What
11am -1pm Bierce Lobby Therapy Dogs
8 pm – close Bierce/S&T Coffee
8 pm- Bierce PB&J Deli

 

 

Wednesday, Dec 5

 

When Where What
8 am – Bierce Lobby Donuts
11am-1pm Bierce Lobby Therapy Dogs
8 pm – close Bierce/S&T Coffee

 

 

Thursday, Dec 6

 

When Where What
11am-1pm Bierce Lobby Therapy Dogs
8 pm – close Bierce/S&T Coffee

 

 

Friday, Dec 7

 

When Where What
11am-1pm Bierce Lobby Therapy Dogs
8 am – Bierce Lobby Donuts

 

Extended Hours:

Pre-Finals Week
Dec 2- 9

Mon. – Thurs.: 7:30am – 1:00am

Fri.: 7:30am – 12:00am
Sat.: 9:00am – 12:00am

Sun.: 9:00am – 1:00am

 

Finals Week
Dec 10- 14

Mon. – Thurs.: 7:30am – 1:00am

Fri.: 7:30am – 5:00pm
CLOSED: Dec 15-16

 

Post Sierra Upgrade Update

Sierra was upgraded to the latest release (4.1) on November 7, 2018.  This upgrade includes all new features, updates, and fixes included in both Sierra 4.0 and 4.1. I encourage all Sierra users to review the New Features portion of the Release Notes for both 4.0 and 4.1.  Links can be found on the Sierra SharePoint

Please note that Sierra 4.1 requires that all Sierra passwords have an 8 character minimum. This is enforced immediately for new accounts and upon password change for previously existing accounts.

We did experience a few post-upgrade issues.  At this time all but one have been resolved.  You can view the list of post-upgrade issues on the Sierra Share Point. 

Please submit a Footprints ticket for all Sierra requests, problem reports, or questions.

Congratulations, Sean!

Sean Kennedy, Collections and Content Strategy Librarian, is the recipient of a 2018 Against the Grain (AGT) Up & Comer Award!

According to AGT, the award is:

“intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants, and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession.  Up and Comers are passionate about the future of libraries. They innovate, inspire, collaborate, and take risks.”

Sean will be recognized at the Charleston Conference on Tuesday, November 6th, acknowledged in the December/January issue of Against the Grain, and will be featured in a podcast interview.

For more information on the award, use the link below:

https://www.charlestonlibraryconference.com/announcing-the-2018-up-and-comer-award-winners/

Impressive, Sean!

Ashby & Monaco Presentations

Susan Ashby and Mike Monaco presented at the Ohio Innovative Users Group 2018 conference on Friday October 12th, at the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Susan Ashby presented “Managing Electronic Resource Collections and Batch Loads,” and also helped plan and run the conference.

Mike Monaco presented “Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Create Lists: Matching and More,” and I co-presented “Authority Control Without Tears,” with Craig Boman of Miami University.

Way to get out there, Mike & Susan!

 

 

 

Stitz Chapter Published

Tammy Stitz wrote Chapter 16: Training STEM Students in LaTeX in the following publication:

Renfro, Crystal1, crenfro1@kennesaw.ed., and Elisabeth2, eshield5@kennesaw.ed. Shields. “Transforming Libraries to Serve Graduate Students.” College & Research Libraries News, vol. 78, no. 4, Apr. 2017, pp. 202–205. EBSCOhost, ezproxy.uakron.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eft&AN=122393404&site=eds-live.

Nice work, Tammy!

 

Sierra: Update 4.1 to be installed 11/7/2018

The Sierra application and database servers will be updated to Sierra 4.1 sometime between the hours of midnight and 6:00 am on Wednesday November 7th. Sierra will be down for 45-60 minutes during the upgrade and reboot.  I’ll conduct basic post-event testing once I receive notification the update is complete.

To prepare for the update: Please shut down the Sierra Desktop App (SDA) before you leave for the evening or shut down on Tuesday November 6th.

  • This update includes all fixes, enhancements, and features included in Sierra 4.0 and 4.1
  • Please open a Footprints ticket if you are unable to launch Sierra or have any post-update problems or issues.
  • To view Sierra Release Notes and Known Issues , go to the Sierra SharePoint at: https://sps.uakron.edu/sites/UL/depts/es/ulsys/sierra/default.aspx.

Tosko’s Reviews Published

Mike Tosko has had the following reviews published:

 

“Atlas of Empires: The World’s Great Powers from Ancient Times to Today.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 18, May 2018, p. 15.

“The Jewish Joke.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 16, Apr. 2018, p. 14.

“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World-and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 15, Apr. 2018, p. 35.

“Pocket Dictionary of Christian Spirituality.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 13, Mar. 2018, p. 12.

“English U.S.A. Every Day: A Fun ESL Guide to American Culture and Language.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 11, Feb. 2018, p. 8.

“Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400-1900: Europe, Africa, and the Americas in an Age of Exploration, Trade, and Empires.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 11, Feb. 2018, p. 13.

“Nationalism & Populism: (320 BCE-2017 CE). Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, vol. 55, no. 5, Jan. 2018, p. 594.

 

Nice work, Mike!

 

 

Migration to Sierra Hosted and Sierra Upgrade

Migration to Sierra Hosted has been approved and purchased. Details regarding the migration will be made available once the migration is scheduled.  The migration will require up to a full day of downtime.  We should have a scheduled date within the next 7-10 days.

Sierra will be upgraded to Sierra 4.0 after migration, provided OhioLINK is running Resource Sharing 3.1. Otherwise, Sierra 3.4 will be installed.

Information regarding the migration to hosted and Sierra upgrade will be posted on SharePoint at https://sps.uakron.edu/sites/UL/depts/es/ulsys/sierra/default.aspx? or click on the Sierra link from the main SharePoint Landing page.