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Tennis at the Library

t_teamsUC Libraries and the UC Table Tennis Team co-sponsored a table tennis tournament Oct. 17th.  The collaborative effort was an event in the Langsam Connect Diversity Series.  A library team made up of Dean Xiamao Wang and other players from the library took on the four winners from the TTC, for a grand finale, with the TTC the champ!

Watch the video of the tournament highlights.

By Rosemary Franklin and Olga Hart

 

Online Contest: Image Detective. Day 2. You still CAN win additional prizes

As we celebrate Information Literacy Awareness Month, we challenge you to demonstrate your skills as an image detective.
There are asherlock lot of amazing picture posted on the web, but many of them are real and others are not – there are so many ways to alter images or pass them for what they are not by adding a misleading caption. Let’s see how good you are at spotting fakery!

Please submit your response below. See contest rules, prizes, and contact information hereWe have decided to modify the rules: those who submit correct answers to 3 or more daily challenges will be eligible for additional prizes.

Monday challenge answer:

The first two images are real. The Sony Animalia Speakers is a fake. It was published in a spoof press release on 31 March 2013 and intended for April Fool’s Day.

Monday challenge winner: Yu Mao.

Today’s challenge:

Which of these images is/are real? What fakery techniques (digital manipulation, cropping, false caption, etc.) were used for fake images? How did you verify image authenticity?

Image 1: Obama still a smoker!

obama

Image 2: Standing portrait of President Lincoln

lincoln

Image 3: Hitler meets with Leni Riefenstahl

 hitler

Submit your answer below. Make sure you answer all the questions fully!

Tuesday Challenge

Please come back tomorrow for a new question and the answer to today’s challenge!

Online Contest: Image Detective

The University of Cincinnati Libraries are celebrating National Information Literacy Awareness Month by offering our students an opportunity to demonstrate their research and critical thinking skills and win prizes by participating in an online contest.

We challenge you to demonstrate your skills as an image detective.
There are asherlock lot of amazing picture posted on the web, but many of them are real and others are not – there are so many ways to alter images or pass them for what they are not by adding a misleading caption. Let’s see how good you are at spotting fakery!

Please submit your response below. See contest rules, prizes, and contact information here.

Today’s challenge:

Which of these images is/are real? What fakery techniques (digital manipulation, cropping, false caption, etc.) were used for fake images? How did you verify image authenticity?

Image 1: Brick-laying machine

brick

Image2: 3-D printed cast

cast

Image 3: Sony Animalia Speakers

Sony-Animalia_Speakers

Submit your answer below. Make sure you answer all the questions fully!

Monday Challenge

Come back tomorrow for a new question and the answer to today’s challenge!

Looking at Campus From the Air

By: Iman Said, ARB Intern, 2014-2015

Last year, Morgens Hall reopened its doors as one of the nicest residence halls on campus. It had spent about a year in renovations that replaced the brick building with floor to ceiling glass and removed the balconies to allow for more interior space. With renovations for Scioto Hall scheduled to begin next year, I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about how fluid campus is.

Aerial Photo of Campus, 1937

Aerial Photo of Campus, 1937

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Coming Soon: Online Contest to Celebrate National Information Literacy Awareness Month

NILM2014_OHDuring the month of October the University of Cincinnati Libraries join other libraries nationwide in celebrating National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Information literacy is a very important life-learning skill. It involves finding, evaluating, interpreting, managing, and using information to answer questions and develop new ones; and creating new knowledge through ethical participation in communities of learning, scholarship, and practice.

The University of Cincinnati Libraries will celebrate National Information Literacy Awareness Month by offering our students an opportunity to demonstrate their research and critical thinking skills and win prizes by participating in an online contest.

Each day, October 20th through 24th a question will be posted on the UC Libraries blog. Students can submit their answer to the research question on the blog via an online form.

Contest Rules:

  • Participants must submit the answers, list the site(s) and techniques they used to find the answers, their name, and email address.
  •    Online responses must be submitted by 11 PM.
  •   Only those who submitted complete and correct answers will be eligible for the prize drawing.
  •   Participants who submit complete and correct answers to 3 or more daily challenges  will be eligible for additional prizes. (This is an update of the original requirement of 5 correct submissions).
  •   Participants may NOT use reference services to get the answers, but are welcome to use library tutorials and guides.

Prizes will be drawn daily.

 Daily challenge prize: a UC Libraries T-shirt.

Additional prizes: surprise!

 Brush up for the contest by using online library guides:

Digital Literacy

Evaluating Sources

Correct answers and names of the daily challenge winners will be posted on the blog the following day.

Comments? Questions? Please contact Olga Hart (email: Olga.Hart@uc.edu, phone: (513)556-1850).

Table Tennis Anyone? This Friday.

web carousel image table tennis final-01Attending the Table Tennis Tournament on Friday in Langsam?

The tournament playoff will be held at the Rec Center, 1st floor, Court 1 at 4pm.  When they are down to the final round, at around 5 pm,  the final four will be playing at  Langsam Library, 4th floor, against the Library team led by the Dean and University Librarian Xuemao Wang.

It is important that anyone who will attends the Rec Center game bring their UC ID for admittance.

Come and cheer on your fellow Bearcats.

Albert Sabin: An Incredible Cincinnatian

By:  Iman Said, Archives & Rare Books Intern for 2014-2015

Albert SabinHello again! The past few weeks, I have written about student life at UC and various aspects of campus that provide students with a well-rounded college experience. But UC is just one part of a huge community of Cincinnatians. Much of the work that is done on campus by our students, faculty, and staff have a significant impact on the entire city, and even the entire country. Being a student at UC makes it easy to forget that our CCM graduates go on to be Broadway stars, our MBA graduates are CEOs, and our medical students create new medicines and practices. These students succeed because of the outstanding faculty and staff who work for the university, many of whom actually have their own impact on the community. Continue reading

UCBA Fun Facts: Best Reading Related Memory

Question: What’s your best reading related memory?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: I read a book about Helen Keller’s life over and over when I was a kid — I was amazed by her grit and determination. I also loved learning the alphabet in sign language in the back of the book.

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: My high-school best friend had the entire Sweet Valley High book collection and would let me borrow each book until I read the entire series.

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Oh, man. I loved the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release night. I was in a wedding the night the book came out. We all went and got a copy in our bridesmaids dresses (including one for the bride). I stayed up all night reading and finished just in time to make the morning brunch.

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianVisiting the used bookstore in Raleigh, NC right on Hillsborough Street, close to NC State University.  I walked there every summer when I would visit my grandparents.  I usually made multiple trips during my visit and would stock up on the Nancy Drew mysteries.

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: My Aunt use to read to me when I was little during the time she lived with my family.  My favorite book was the Bernstein Bears.

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Reading bedtime stories to my 3 kids when they were little.  I miss it so much!

 

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