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.

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!

 

 

 

 

Stitz Presents

Tammy Stitz presented Making your PDFs Universally Accessible at the 2018 Code4Lib Midwest Meeting on June 7, 2018.  This presentation discussed the features of accessible PDFs based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 showing how to correct some issues using Adobe Acrobat DC when using a few different programs to generate the PDFs.

Nice work, Tammy!

 

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!

 

 

Tammy Stitz Honored with 2017-18 Exemplary University Service Award

You may have noticed in a recent UA email that announced Achievement Awards winners, that one of our very own is being honored.  Tammy A. Stitz is this year’s faculty winner of the 2017-18 Exemplary University Service Award.    Tammy was nominated by both Ian McCullough and Marilia Antunez.  Here are some excerpts from their award-worthy nomination letters.

Ian McCullough on Tammy Stitz:

Her work ethic is frankly astonishing and absolutely unmatched in my experience – at Akron and all jobs before.

 

She has created and maintained several high quality and much needed workshops to help STEM graduate students. The first is her long-running and respected LaTeX training series, which several professors send their new graduate students to.

 

… she created a new series of workshops in the last year or so to improve the ease and quality of graduate work, hosting seven seminars in person and five online in addition to all of her regular library instruction.

 

An example of her pushing us to be better is her most recent research has been on accessibility – both electronic and physical. She has done what a good faculty librarian will do – she studied the literature, determined best practices, and brought back that knowledge to the library for implementation.

Marilia Antunez on Tammy Stitz:

Tammy has collaborated successfully with other units on campus by initiating and working with technical writing faculty to combine the strengths of the academic program with that of the UA Libraries to best meet the students’ needs.

 

She applied and received funding from the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) to develop workshops to help engineering and computer science students in this essential graduation requirement.

 

At the international level, Tammy offers free and valuable resources to all learners. She created an online guide with thousands of views worldwide . . .

 

From day to day responsibilities to represent the University at the international level, Tammy is often the first and last person to leave work.  Tammy is intelligent, innovative and works very hard to do the best she can for the UA community including our primary users—UA students.

In addition, Tammy’s work on the Accessibility Committee, which is a Faculty Senate Subcommittee may have played a role.  She shared her and Shelley Blundell’s research which resulted in the creation of the wiki-space that was created for all web authors about web accessibility. They wrote an article to be published by the Journal of Accessibility for all in the near future.  Shelley and Tammy provided a workshop for faculty during disabilities week last November.  Jamie Newhall, Patrick Tabatcher, and Tammy will provide a workshop about video accessibility next week as part of the Library Gather Series.

Congratulations, Tammy!  Very impressive!