Hayes & Orcutt Present Online

Brittany Hayes, Electronic Services, and Zoe Orcutt, Archives, gave a presentation with Sidney Gao and James Van Mil from the University of Cincinnati on June 16 at Society of Ohio Archivists virtual conference.  The title of the presentation was “Initial Steps on a Digital Preservation Policy.” 

Great teamwork!

Monaco Gets Grant

Mike Monaco was awarded a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act for a workshop on teaching news literacy for Ohio librarians. The workshop will be taught online by news media literacy expert Michael Spikes (Northwestern University) in September. Mike, Michael, and Amanda Goodsett (Cleveland State University) will assess the workshop’s effectiveness by analyzing a teaching instrument from each participant before the workshop and as revised after the workshop. Thanks to this grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio, the workshop will be offered for free.

Nice going, Mike!

Monaco Presents & Publishes

Mike Monaco presented “The life-changing magic of RegEx” at the Library Collective’s 2020 conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Thursday, March 12. This was a hands-on workshop introducing the attendees to what regular expressions (RegEx) are and how to use them to match different patterns in text or data, using games. His co-presenter, Kathryn Lybarger of the University of Kentucky, was unable to attend this conference due to illness.

In addition, he published:

Report of the Catalog Form & Function Interest Group Meeting. American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 2019, Technical Services Quarterly, 37:2, 201-202, DOI: 10.1080/07317131.2020.1728135

Nice work, Mike!

Kaufman, Kennedy News

Steve Kaufman, Senior Instructional Designer, was thoughtful enough to share several interesting things going on.  Steve and Sean Kennedy, UL Electronic Services, are representing UA’s Affordable Learning Initiative. 

  • Our Affordable Learning Initiative has been accepted to present a panel on “Designing for Open: Success Stories in Implementing Open Textbooks and Resources” on February 28th at Cleveland State’s OpenCon Cleveland 2020. We will be bringing our faculty development teams to present on the process of adopting an open textbook and share the results of student surveys.

Other UA faculty development teams presenting are as follows:

Intro to Geography
– Meera Chatterjee
– Jeremy Spencer

Management Principles
– Sheri Schulte
– Scott Bible

Intro to Social Welfare
– Michele Thornton
– Naomi White
– Baomei Zhao

Humanities in the Western Tradition
– Rose Eichler

  • Kaufman and Kennedy also submitted a proposal and have been accepted to present at the New Explorations in Teaching Conference (NEXT) on March 13th. Same presentation, different audience.
  • On January 31st, Kaufman will be the keynote speaker for North Carolina’s Quality Matters Consortium kickoff meeting. He will be presenting “Building a Statewide Culture of Quality”, which shows how 60 institutions in Ohio work together to provide professional development and course reviews to our members.

Impressive work, Steve & Sean!

Bloom & Hayes Presentation

Mark Bloom and Brittany Hayes presented at OhioDIG on November 14, 2019 at the Columbus Metro Library.  They gave a PowerPoint presentation titled “Sharing Initial Steps on a Digital Preservation Policy and Program at The University of Akron.”  OhioDIG stands for Ohio Digitization Interest Group.  It meets every other month.  For more information, check their website:  https://ohiodig.org/

Nice teamwork, Mark & Brittany!

Sausmikat & Suarez Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Rita Sausmikat and Laracarina Suarez, Friends of the University Library Scholarship Awardees!

Let’s hear it for Rita and La! As qualified recipients of the 2019/2020 Friends of the University Library Professional Development Scholarship, these future librarians are pursuing their studies in graduate library science programs. They have demonstrated potential for accomplishments in librarianship and each will receive a scholarship to assist with funding their education.

The scholarship recipients will also be recognized at a library ceremony in the Spring Semester 2020, where the recipients’ names will be added to a library plaque. We wish them success!

Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for their thoughtful work:

Marilia Antúnez

Sean Kennedy

David Procházka, Chair

Once again, Kudos to Rita Sausmikat and Laracarina Suarez!

Kennedy Published

Sean Kennedy, along with his co-presenters (including UL alums Garewal and Wisneski) were invited to write a chapter in the annual conference proceedings monograph for the Charleston Conference. The book is open access and was just published a few days ago online at https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/f7623f16x?locale=en

Our chapter is titled Springing into Collections: Best Practices for Inheriting an Academic Library Collections Budget.

Great collaboration, Sean!

A Variety of Accomplishments for Procházka

David Procházka has been uniquely busy this year. 

Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich published three scores with new introductions by David Procházka.  For Darius Milhaud’s Cantate de psaumes (https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/wp-content/uploads/vorworte_prefaces/4232.html), David tracked down a live recording that was only available at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He also wrote about Nikolai Tcherepnin’s 1903 ballet Le pavillon d’Armide (https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/wp-content/uploads/vorworte_prefaces/4148.html) and Henry Hadley’s Symphonic Fantasia (https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/wp-content/uploads/vorworte_prefaces/4119.html).  For the last work, David had the Library of Congress digitize a recording of a 1938 performance by the Los Angeles Federal Symphony, which was broadcast and recorded as part of the Federal Music Project.

That’s quite a variety of accomplishments, David!  Nicely done!

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