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New Sierra Temporary Fixed-field Codes

I’ve recently created new temporary item location, status, and imessage codes to be used during the Law Library move and renovation.  The new codes,  how they will be used, and how they will display in the UAL Catalog can found at:

These codes are only to be used for Law items being moved or put into storage during the Law School and Law Library renovation.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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2016 IUG Enhancement Voting

As a member of IUG, University Libraries is eligible to vote for 2016 IUG Enhancement ballot items.  As IUG liaison I’m the person designated to complete the ballot. Based on your input I’ll cast votes in each of the categories that are applicable to our Sierra system.

2016 IUG Enhancement Ballot:

  • Below are the page numbers for the functional areas applicable to our Sierra system set-up. Look over the ballot items in each section that corresponds to the function(s) you use in Sierra.
  • Select up to the maximum number of ballot items allowed in each functional section. Copy and paste the Ballot # into a list. Examples: ACQ-1 Funds, CIR-40 Patron Record.
  • Some sections may be of interest to all: Create Lists, Core Functionality, WebPac, Statistics and Reporting
  • Once you have completed your list(s) of ballot items, send them to me by 12:00 pm (noon) on Monday 2/29.


Acquisitions (choose 8)                          Page       1

Cataloging  (choose 4)                            Page       8

Circulation  (choose 22)                          Page      12

Core Functionality  (choose 10)             Page      32

Create Lists and
Global/Rapid Updates  (choose 4)         Page      41

ERM   (choose 2)                                      Page      45

INNReach   (choose 2)                             Page      52

Other Programs  (choose 2)                    Page      54

Serials  (choose 3)                                   Page      58

Statistics and Reporting   (choose 3)    Page      61

WebPAC   (choose 12)                             Page      64

 You can view previous year’s ballots and the 2016 Ballot in Excel format on the IUG website.  You’ll need to log in with your MyIUG Login. If you don’t have a MyIUG login, you can create one. Our member code is 456.


For more information on the IUG Enhancement Process:

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ALCTS webinar: RDA Serials Cataloging Update

On December 8, at 2:00, University Libraries will host a live showing of an ALCTS webinar titled “RDA Serials Cataloging Update,” presented by Steve Shadle (University of Washington).  We’ve reserved Bierce Learning Studio 154 for the event.  Additional information about the webinar is available at  Questions?  Ask David or Michelle.


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OCLC connectivity issues across multiple services 9/8/2015

OCLC is aware of connectivity issues across multiple services. There is no estimated time of resolution. The OCLC tech team is investigating the issue.

Check updates at:  



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Training Update from OCLC

OCLC has announced learning opportunities in cataloging & metadata, digital collection management, resource sharing & delivery, maximizing, and reference & discovery.  Follow this link for details:  OCLC TRAINING UPDATE.


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New white paper on linked data models available from OCLC and LC

The Library of Congress and OCLC just released a white paper comparing the linked data initiatives at both institutions:  LC’s BibFrame and OCLC’s  To find out more, follow this link:  It’s short:  only 12 pages!

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Webinar on Linked Data–June 2

Join OCLC’s Ted Fons and colleagues
for a free webinar:

Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data

An OCLC Collective Insight Event: Tracing the Evolution of Linked Data
Monday, June 2, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Eastern Time

Five years ago linked data was introduced to the library community as a powerful technology with great promise for libraries, visionary but abstract. In the years since, what was a buzzword has become a fixture in our lexicon. Yet as our understanding of the technology has progressed and solidified, we still struggle to identify the specific benefits of linked data within our individual institutions. Join OCLC’s Ted Fons, Corey Harper of New York University, and Phil Schreur of Stanford University as they trace the evolution of linked data technology over the years, and demonstrate practical applications of the latest linked data technologies being utilized in libraries today.

Ted will introduce the topic and provide a brief overview on the evolution of linked data; Corey and Phil will dig deeper with specific examples that will help illustrate this evolution.

Corey will discuss next steps for LOD-LAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries & Museums), exploring tools and techniques to process, enrich and aggregate metadata. He will touch on recent developments, especially focused on efforts within the Hydra and Blacklight community and in the user groups for the Ex Libris product suite. Corey will give special attention to the need for use cases and experimentation.

Phil will speak on Linked Data for Libraries, a promising new grant created through a partnership among Cornell, Harvard and Stanford universities. The project goal is creation of a Scholarly Resource Semantic Information Store (SRSIS) model that works both within the individual institutions and through a coordinated, extensible network of linked open data. Phil will discuss the choice of BIBFRAME as the common data format for this project and conversion to BIBFRAME from MARC data.

Register for this webinar >> 

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New LibGuides for the NE Ohio Regional Depository

The NE Ohio Regional Depository has announced the available of two new LibGuides.

The first guide is for the public and serves as the Depository web page.  The guide contains facility and program information, contact information, and basic statistics. The url is .

The second guide is a resource for library and Depository staff. For more information and a link to this guide, go to the UL SharePoint:


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ALCTS Continuing Education Webinar Archives

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) routinely offers one hour continuing education webinars on a variety of topics including cataloging, preservation, and institutional repositories to name a few.  After 90 days of original broadcast, these webinars are made freely available in the ALCTS webinar archive and on the ALCTS YouTube Channel.

Included are several introductory level webinars on Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new rules and guidelines for creating cataloging recordings that will be fully adopted by the Library of Congress at the of the month.  Those wanting to know more about the standard may be interested in the RDA for the Non-Cataloger webinar from Oct. 2012. (One word of caution: RDA continues to evolve as a standard so some of the older RDA webinars contain information that is now out of date.)