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!



McGurr’s Professional Activities

Melanie McGurr, UL Electronic Services

Melanie McGurr has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the American Library Association’s Publication Committee starting in July of 2018. The committee oversees publications coming out of ALA in all formats. More information can be found here:


She will also be teaching a two credit Honor’s colloquium in Fall semester. The course, A Cultural History of the British Country House, will concentrate on all aspects of the history of the Country House (architecture and art, politics, economics, and social class) from Tudor times to the present.

Quite impressive, Melanie!






Group Participation

On February 13, 2018, Susan Ashby, Frank Bove, Sean Kennedy, Mike Monaco, and David Prochazka presented “OhioLINK Material Type Implementation @ The University of Akron,” at the 2018 OhioLINK Summit in Columbus. They discussed why and how they implemented the material types, shared their lessons learned, and discussed how the material types are utilized in the OPAC, with tips for other libraries considering doing the same.

Nice teamwork!




Procházka Writes Score Introduction


David Procházka | Music/Special Materials Cataloger

In December 2017, David Procházka completed an introduction for a new edition of Paul Dukas’ overture Polyeucte, to be published by Musikproduktion Höflich in Munich.  Dukas is best known for composing The Sorcerers’ ApprenticePolyeucte is an early work, based on Corneille’s play of the same title.

While the complete edition (score + intro) will only be available in print; the introduction itself will eventually appear on the publisher’s site.

Nicely done, David!



Ashby & Fielding Participate in Workshop


Susan DiRenzo Ashby

Lori Fielding

On Saturday, October 28th, Susan DiRenzo Ashby and Lori Fielding participated in the New-to-Libraries Network Resume Review Workshop held at the NEO-RLS Headquarters in Hudson.  The workshop included a four-person panel session, a Q & A session, and a review of attendee’s resumes and/or CVs.  Susan and Lori presented on the differences between a resume and CV, best practices for both, and tips and best practices for submitting online job applications.

Nice work, Susan and Lori!