Job Posting: Metadata Librarian at the University of Cincinnati Libraries

Metadata Librarian, full time faculty position

The University of Cincinnati Libraries is seeking candidates for a tenure-track metadata librarian position responsible for providing leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of metadata and data management strategies that will support discovery, access, management and preservation of the libraries physical and digital collections.

The University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university with an enrollment of more than 44,000 students; and is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. The University of Cincinnati Libraries are a charter member of the Association of Research Libraries, with research collections of more than 4.25 million total volumes, access to 96,000+ journals, a digital repository of over 500,000 local digital objects, and 1.5 million e-books. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values that empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential.

Review of applications will begin February 26, 2018. Please visit https://jobs.uc.edu/job/Cincinnati-Metadata-Librarian-OH-45201/451155600/ for full advertisement and to apply.

UC Libraries Closed Monday, Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. from LIFE Magazine

UC Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the exception of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, which will be open 9am-5pm. The libraries will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

This closing includes the 4th floor of Langsam Library, which will close at 11pm on Sunday, Jan 14 and re-open at 7:45am on Tues, Jan. 16.

Check out these library resources about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Found! House of Refuge Records at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

House of Refuge Main EntranceAs anyone who has done historical research can tell you, locating old records is not always easy.  Sometimes records simply were not kept.  Other times, they were destroyed by fire, water damage, or pests.  The House of Refuge records at UC is one collection in which the records are incomplete.  The collection consists of five volumes and include inmate registers, employee registers, and a financial ledger.  There are two volumes of inmate registers in the collection, which cover the years 1869-1882 and 1891-1902.  Missing from the collection at UC are the years 1850-1869, 1883-1890, and 1902-1912.

This fall while conducting some general research related to the House of Refuge, I started searching local libraries for items connected to the history of the House of Refuge.  Through a simple catalog search, I discovered that the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) had three volumes of House of Refuge records! Even more exciting was how well these records complimented the collections at UC.  Although registers at the University of Cincinnati list the name of the children who were admitted to the House of Refuge, their offense (or reason for being sent to the House of Refuge), and some general family information, there really is not much detail on the specifics of each child’s case or information on what happened to them after they left the House of Refuge.  The records at PLCH do provide specific information on inmates’ family history, offense, and the details of their release from the House of Refuge. Continue reading Found! House of Refuge Records at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

In Times Like These

By:  Kevin Grace

Puppets from Ridley Walker PlayOne of the most in-the-news phrases of this past year has been “fake news.”  Every political point of view has employed it to the point where the first reactions among readers and listeners to current events has a question in mind, “Is this real information?”  And in times of political or social stress, there is a mounting trepidation over who controls information, or, who preserves it.  Librarians are often in the forefront of acquiring information, protecting it from those who would alter or destroy it, and preserving it for now and for the future.  The sources of information, of knowledge, continue to grow exponentially and in our rapidly changing technological world, much of it disappears.  As websites continue to grow – and to disappear through political exigencies – the expertise of librarians and archivists are called upon, a recent example of which is illustrated in a science article on web discovery and preservation: https://apps.sciencefriday.com/data/librarians.html. Continue reading In Times Like These

Service Note: Library Catalog and other Key Library IT Services Unavailable Dec. 28

Please note that many IT systems and services will be unavailable on Thursday, December 28, from 5 a.m. to midnight, during a planned power outage for maintenance in the university’s primary data center.  Several UC Libraries systems that are located in the data center or that reside on UCIT managed servers will also be unavailable during this outage.  UCIT will send a message to all users once the maintenance is completed and all services become available.

Systems that will NOT BE AVAILABLE include:

  • All blogs and hours services – LiBlog
  • Blackboard
  • Canopy
  • digital.libraries.uc.edu
  • Digital Resource Commons
  • ILLiad
  • Journals@UC
  • Kaltura
  • Luna Imaging and Media repository
  • Proxy Server
  • Scholar@UC
  • SharePoint
  • UC Flex
  • UCLID – Library Catalog

Systems that WILL be available:

  • Catalyst
  • Internet access
  • LibGuides – http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/
  • Student & employee e-mail
  • VPN
  • 3rd party applications (Box.com, Lynda.com, WebEx etc.)
  • “uc.edu” college and department websites
    (Note: College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Law, College of Medicine and UCSIM websites will not be available.)

For more information, please visit: www.uc.edu/ucit/maintenance