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!