Xin Gu Joins RDS Team as GIS Research Consultant

The UC Libraries Research and Data Services Unit is pleased to welcome Xin Gu to our team as the GIS Research Consultant.

Xin Gu is a doctoral candidate from the Department of Geography and GIS at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Before joining UC, he received master’s degrees in Criminal Justice and GIS, respectively. His current research examines the impact of business closure and mobility reduction during COVID-19 on crime. Xin has several research papers published in Cities, Social Science Computer Review, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. He also serves as a research fellow for the Institute for Research in Sensing and a GIS research consultant for the Geology-Mathematics-Physics library at UC, enabling him to spread geographical knowledge to the rest of the campus and beyond. In his spare time, he likes to play badminton and practice Yoga.

His consultation hours will be Tues, Wed and Thurs from 10:30 to 5 pm. Xin is here to help you understand how to use GIS software, think about project plans, and find data for your project.  He can share information, offer advice, and even partner on certain projects (on a case by case basis). Please come by the Data & GIS Collab, located in the Geology Math and Physics Library (240 Braunstein Hall).

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Join UC Libraries’ RESPECT group in reading and discussing “Slavery at Sea”

slavery at sea book coverThe University of Cincinnati Libraries Racial Equity Support & Programming to Educate the Community Team (RESPECT) and the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library are hosting a book discussion and Lunch and Learn with Sowande’ M. Mustakeem, author of “Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage” on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12:30-2pm in the Stanley J. Lucas M.D. Boardroom (E005HA).

How to get the book

“Slavery at Sea” Book Giveaway

RESPECT has purchased 20 copies of “Slavery at Sea” to give away free to the first 20 individuals who request a copy via the form.

OR Unlimited e-book access to “Slavery at Sea”

UC Libraries has acquired unlimited e-book access to “Slavery at Sea” for those wishing to read the book online. It can be accessed via the Library Catalog.

Join us for weekly Book Discussion Chats

RESPECT will sponsor weekly opportunities to discuss “Slavery at Sea.” These discussions will take place virtually via Zoom and will be held Thursday, February 2nd, 9th and 16th from 11am – noon. Register to attend one or more of the sessions.

RESPECT’s “Slavery and Sea” book discussions and Lunch and Learn are part of a larger Un-Common Read event being held throughout the university in celebration of Black History Month.

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New Furniture at the CECH Library

Since coming back for spring semester, you may have noticed that the CECH Library looks a little different. We are happy to announce that we have added additional furniture to our space to accommodate more users and diversify our seating options. An additional 33 seats in total have been added to our 3rd and 4th floors!

The textbook alcove:

Our textbook alcove, located on the 3rd floor, now houses four individual study desks, one group study table, and two comfy chairs for individual use.

The 4th floor:

Four group tables have been added to the seating area on our 4th floor and the existing furniture has been moved around to better compliment the space.

We can’t wait for you to come visit us to check out our new furniture. As always, you can find Spring Semester Hours on the CECH Library website, as well as a complete listing of hours across UC Libraries locations.

It is our pleasure to serve CECH, and we wish you all a fantastic semester.

Rachel Hoople
Operations Manager, CECH Library

Erin Smith joins UC Libraries as collections acquisitions data specialist

erin smithErin Smith has joined the University of Cincinnati Libraries as the collections acquisitions data specialist in the Content Services Team. She started her position on January 17, 2023.

In this role, Erin will work closely with subject selectors and other Content Services staff to acquire material necessary to support the learning, instruction and research mission of UC Libraries. In addition, Erin will provide support for data analysis and functional aspects of acquisitions.

Erin worked previously at Northern Kentucky University Steely Library, with ten years of experience working in library acquisitions, and recently obtained her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

Welcome, Erin!

UC Libraries closed Monday, Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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UC Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.The Libraries will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Want to read up on Martin Luther King, Jr., his impact and legacy, and how you can make a difference? Check out these library resources and the Racial Justice Resources for Activists, Advocates and Allies Research Guide.

Upcoming Lunch & Learn to explore the painting The Crucible of God: Art and Science in the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

the garden of earthly delights paintingThe Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions announces its next Lunch and Learn scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 from 12-1 PM in the Stanley J. Lucas MD Boardroom (E005HA), Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library. The Lunch & Learn will also be live streamed via Zoom for those who cannot attend in person.

The lecture, titled, The Crucible of God: Art and Science in the Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch will be presented by Laurinda Dixon, PhD, a specialist in northern European Renaissance art. Currently retired, she served as the William F. Tolley Distinguished Professor of Teaching in the Humanities at Syracuse University. Her scholarship considers the intersection of art and science – particularly alchemy, medicine, astrology and music – from the 15th though the 19th centuries. She has lectured widely in both the USA and Europe, and is the author of many articles, reviews and 11 books, including Perilous Chastity: Women and Illness in Pre-Enlightenment Art and Medicine (1995), Bosch (2003) and The Dark Side of Genius: The Melancholic Persona in Art, ca.1500-1700 (2013). Laurinda holds a PhD in art history from Boston University, as well as a degree in piano performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She currently resides in Cincinnati.

Hieronymus Bosch (c1450-1516) was a Dutch artist whose paintings contain fantastical illustrations of religious concepts and narratives. His most acclaimed works consist of triptych altarpieces, including The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Please register for this event. For those attending in-person, light refreshments will be available.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 1 for an afternoon of poetry

The University of Cincinnati Libraries and the Elliston Poetry Room announce the next roster of poets for Poetry Stacked, a semi-regular poetry reading series held in the 6th floor east stacks of the Walter C. Langsam Library.

At the next event, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4:30pm, three poets will read original works.

feb 1 poetsSimone Savannah, PhD is the author of Uses of My Body (Barrow Street 2020), the winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize chosen by Jericho Brown. She is also the author of Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). Her work has been published in Apogee, The Fem, Powder Keg, GlitterMob, Shade Journal, BreakBeat Poets, and several other journals and anthologies. She has received nominations for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. Simone is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She earned her MEd and BA from Ohio University. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Kansas. She is currently the 2021-23 Taft Research Center Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.

Yalie Saweda Kamara is a Sierra Leonean-American writer, educator and researcher from Oakland, California. Selected as the 2022-23 Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate (2-year term), she is the editor of the anthology What You Need to Know About Me: Young Writers on Their Experience of Immigration (The Hawkins Project, 2022) and the author of A Brief Biography of My Name (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books, 2018) and When the Living Sing (Ledge Mule Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series competition and the Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a semifinalist for the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She earned a PhD in creative writing and English literature from the University of Cincinnati, an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MA in French culture and civilization from Middlebury College. Yalie currently resides in Cincinnati where she works as the director of creative youth leadership at WordPlay Cincy and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. For more, visit her website:

Casey Harloe is a 4th year creative writing student at the University of Cincinnati. Her work has appeared in DIALOGIST, BRENDA, and She is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. She lives in Cincinnati. Continue reading