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!

Electronic Resources Updates – 2019 Q1

The following information contains updates to the University Libraries collections and electronic resources for the first 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.

Newly acquired E-resources

Starting April 1st, the full page digital 2019 content of the Akron Beacon Journal can be found in America’s News.

Recently cancelled E-resources

Polymers: A Property Database (access ending 3/31).

Archival content for the Times Literary Supplement (e-journal) – archive will remain but there will be no new content added.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (e-book) (access ending 3/31).

Medical Care (e-journal) (effective 4/30 – archive will remain but new content will no longer be added).

CollegeSource database (access ending 7/31).

National Council for the Social Studies Membership (print/e-journal) (access ending 3/31).

Library E-resource Spotlight

Did you know that you have access to over 350 databases at The University of Akron? From newspaper articles to scholarly journals to streaming music and everything in between. The library has what you need! Click here to start exploring…

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

SpringShare / LibApps Updates

From the desk of SpringShare:

LibCal, LibStaffer, LibInsight, LibGuides/LibApps, LibAnswers, and LibWizard Code Updates Coming Your Way!
We’ve been busy beavers over at Springy HQ, and we’re pleased to announce that LibCal, LibStaffer, LibInsight, LibGuides/LibApps, LibAnswers, and LibWizard will be updated by the end of the week of March 15 (depending on your app and region). Head on over to the Springy blog and sign up for email updates, and you’ll get an email when we publish new posts, including posts relating to code releases. Blog posts are cross-posted to Twitter and Facebook, too, if you’d rather get notifications there. 🙂

Electronic Resources Updates – 2018 Q4

The following information contains updates to the University Libraries collections and electronic resources for the fourth quarter of 2018. 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.

Please select this link for a list of newly acquired E-resources

Please select this link for a list of recently cancelled E-resources

Safari Books Online

Over the fall 2018 semester Safari Technical Books ebook collection transitioned from the ProQuest platform to the O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform with concurrent access to both platforms through December 21, 2018.  The O’Reilly Safari Learning offers several advantages over the ProQuest platform. There is now unlimited concurrent use of the ebook collection content, so that no one should encounter an error accessing the content because of a maximum user limit. The collection also includes much ancillary content in the form of streaming audio and video to compliment the ebook texts. Accessing the collection will require the user to submit a valid University of Akron email address (username@uakron.edu or username@zips.uakron.edu), rather than UANet ID and password. If you have further questions or concerns about the new Safari platform, please do not hesitate to contact University Libraries Electronic Services Department through the contact information below.

Mergent Resource Updates

A number of changes are occurring with our Mergent resources. We have added the Mergent Intellect database. This resource is replacing the stand alone access points to Hoovers Online, Key Business Ratios, and First Research. We have also canceled our print copy of the D&B Industry Norms as this content is also available in Mergent Intellect. Additionally, we have canceled our subscription to Mergent Bondviewer due to low use. This resource will no longer be available effective 5/31/19.

Bloomberg BNA

A recent and significant change has occurred with Bloomberg BNA. The UA Law Library  traditionally negotiates university-wide access to Bloomberg BNA. Unfortunately, Bloomberg is no longer willing to grant access to the entire university and the new BNA profiles contract limits access to the law school only and will require username and password. For more information, please contact the UA Law Library.

New Streaming 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.

Library E-resource Spotlight – Full Text Finder

Are you looking for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper? Full Text Finder will help you locate publications throughout University Libraries’ electronic collections, regardless of publisher or platform. You can search for a title by entering keywords or you can browse online publications by subject area. You can limit results by discipline, format, publisher, and you can even filter down to peer-reviewed publications only.  Give it a try! Select “E-JOURNALS” on the libraries’ website menu.

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

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!

 

 

 

McGurr & Monaco Collaborate for Presentation

Melanie Jolynn McGurr, UL Electronic Services
Michael J Monaco, UL Electronic Services

As chair, Melanie McGurr, and vice-chair, Michael Monaco, of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Catalog and Metadata Management Section’s Catalog Form and Function Interest Group, they organized the interest group session at ALA in New Orleans.  Mike helped with some of the planning and the slides and Melanie moderated the session.  The presentation topics included right-sizing collections and making changes to your Integrated Library System at the Naples Regional Library, adding archival finding aids to the catalog with Marc Edit, and how the Dallas Public Library uses Linked Data.  More than 80 people attended the session.

We also presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries Technical Services Interest Group, also at ALA. Our presentation was titled “Even You Can Afford Affordable Learning!: Grace Under the Pressure of Open Educational Resources” and followed the Technical Services workflow challenges faced when dealing with Open Educational Resource textbook processing.

Nice teamwork!

 

 

 

 

OVGTSL 2018 Conference Presenters

 Melanie McGurr presented “So Much to Do and So Little Help: Migrating a Small Consortium,” with Demetria Patrick at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians (OVGTSL) 2018 Conference at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, on May 14.

Mike Monaco presented “Automating Authority Control,” also at the OVGTSL 2018 Conference on May 14th.

Nicely done!