Live date for catalog refresh now January 3rd

The go live date for the new catalog is being reset for January 3rd, 2018. A number of factors went into the decision to delay roll out. The later date allows time for the Material Type project to be completed, some issues brought up in the feedback process to be addressed, more robust testing done with the students in the fall, and announcements to be sent to the Digest to give patrons notification of the change.

We are working through the feedback gathered from the online form and the feedback meeting held at the end of spring semester. Updates will be announced on the Staff portal and at library meetings. The new catalog will go live on January 3rd, and a link to the old catalog will be available for one week only while we check for any problems.

Please contact Melanie Mc if you have any questions or concerns. or x5390.

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.

Serials Solutions ejournal catalog records suppressed

In preparation for the Discovery service (Search-A-Roo) launch on Saturday, September 28th, Serials Solutions catalog records have been suppressed from the UAL Catalog. We will replace these records with new records in the near future. In the interim, if you need to know if we have access to an ejournal search the A-to-Z list.



Discovery service (Search-A-Roo) launches Sept 28th

On Saturday, Sept 28th we will make the new EBSCO discovery service (Search-A-Roo) available from the library homepage. You will see the search box prominently displayed. It does not replace any of our existing resources, but does provide a way for our patrons to search most of our resources at once.

In conjunction with this, we will also make the switch to the new A-to-Z List for eJournals that we receive as part of the EBSCO discovery service package. This replaces our old A-to-Z.

Finally, as part of this implementation we will temporarily suppress our catalog records for the majority of our ejournals. We will be replacing these records with new records in the near future. In the interim, if you want to know if we have access to an ejournal you simply need to search the A-to-Z list instead of the catalog.

The implementation of this new discovery service is a work in progress, not only for us but for all the OhioLINK libraries that have embarked on this adventure! We appreciate your patience and your feedback as we continue to develop this service.

Problem with booking study rooms in UAL Catalog

Study room booking is not quite working right in the UAL Catalog.

A title search for study room causes the Request button to display (all three browsers). in the search results list. If you click on the link to the item record, the Book It button displays and the study room can be booked.
A keyword search for study room  causes the Request button to briefly display, then the Book It button appears and the study room can be booked (all three browsers).

Direct users to a keyword search or have users click on the record link to book a study room until this problem is resolved.

Sierra: Scoping update 3/6/13

I’m in the process of enabling scoping on the individual UAL Catalog search pages. I’m started on the main catalog search page and I will update each search page (tab) in the order they appear on the screen. Except for the Advanced Search page (tab). This page is a little tricky so I prefer to work on it after hours.

Scope Drop Down


Joe Salem will be posting information on how to use and search scopes in the UAL Catalog. You can also learn more about scoping by visiting the Scoping SharePoint at:


Alvin Coe Voris papers are available in Archival Services

Monday February 18th the Akron Beacon Journal had an article announcing that the Summit County Historical Society will recognize Alvin Coe Voris with the Summit Award.  [ ]   That article contained excerpts from a letter Voris wrote his wife describing a visit to a field hospital at Folly Island, SC.   If you are interested in reading more here is a pdf of the complete letter.  Alvin Coe Voris letter July 3 1863  If you or a student you know is interested in the Civil War, the Alvin Coe Voris papers 1860-1865 are available for researchers.  If reading hand writing is not your thing many of the letters were published in Professor Mushkat’s book A Citizen-Soldier’s Civil War : the letters of Brevet Major General Alvin C. Voris  available in Archival Services.

Sierra: Scoping update 2/14/13

Scoping has been set-up for the UAL Catalog. Members of the Scoping Implementation Task Force will start testing to make sure scopes are working as intended. We will be testing on the staging server and not the live server. The only change you should notice at this time is the end of the permanent URLS has changed from S0 to S24.  Older links with permanent URLS ending in S0  still work.

For more information about Scoping:

Sierra: LC Call number searching and display issues in catalog

As reported on 1/17/13 there is a problem with LC call number searches and record displays in the catalog.  Both issues are in review with software engineering, which means III is working on a fix for both issues.

Here is a work around to search by LC Call number and display the correct record:

Example: You need to retrieve QA164 R43.

  • Search the LC index for QA 164.
  • Browse the list until you find QA164 R43.
  • Click on the entry above – QA164 .P635 2010eb.
  • After you click on QA164 .P635 2010eb you will retrieve QA164 R43.

If you have any questions click on Reply, type your question and I’ll get back to you.