LOVE YOUR DATA Day 3 – Data Documentation

I say to you….slow down, smell the agar plates, take the time to document your data. Your future self will thank you, profusely.

Proper documentation provides the context that your data needs to persist through time, to integrate into new systems and to give you credit for your contributions in the form of data citations. Where possible, you should consider contributing the following information along with your dataset.

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Get to Know the Clermont College Library Staff: Kathleen Epperson

Kathleen (Kathi) Epperson, Clermont College Librarian

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I have worked in libraries for over 30 years. I began working part-time at our local library. After a few years, I became a full time library staff member.  My children literally grew up in the library!  As the children grew older, I went back to school to get my Master’s in Library Science, which would make me an “official” librarian. While I was in library school, I became interested in academic libraries, and worked as an intern at UC’s DAAP Library. The library director was a wonderful mentor to me, and we’re still good friends. I enjoyed guiding students and assisting faculty to find resources. I worked in two other colleges before I came to Clermont College in 2007.

As Reference Librarian, I love to help students find what they need for their projects. I especially like to surprise them by showing them the many resources the library has to offer.  I try to be as friendly and helpful as I can, so they remember they can come to the library as a space and if they require assistance, there is a friendly person to help them.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my grandchildren, especially when we draw, paint and read! Okay, I might have to include playing Dance Revolution, too!

Something that might surprise you about me is that my brother and I were once protected by Pinkerton guards.

Now for a few of my favorite things:

Ohh! So many to choose from!

Book: Mama Day

Music: Eric Clapton

TV Show: Mad Men

 

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Kathleen Epperson
Librarian

 

Presidential Love Notes

Diaries reveal former UC President Raymond Walters’ love and admiration for his longtime Valentine

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Image of Raymond Walters and his wife, Elsie, created by Kathy Bohlen.

By:  Dawn Fuller

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President and Mrs. Raymond Walters hold a special souvenir edition of The News Record, presented to the couple at the president’s student-sponsored retirement dinner in 1955.

Her name was Elsie, but her husband, UC’s longest-running president, called her “BobOLink,” which is also the name of a songbird. Throughout their 46-year marriage, Raymond Walters remained charmed and fascinated by his wife, as passages reveal in his diaries, which were donated to UC’s Archives and Rare Books Library.

Walters served as president of UC for 23 years, from 1932-1955. The diaries hold daily activities and thoughts of President Walters over the decades, from 1925-1960, and as a result reveal decades of history, including the history of UC. But the diaries also lovingly reveal Valentine gifts, wedding anniversaries and tributes to his wife. Continue reading

LOVE YOUR DATA Day 2 – Organizing your data

Post by Tiffany Grant PhD, Research Informationist based at Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library

Organizing Data

When you’re generating data at a rapid pace, it can be easy to label files with names that seem good at the time, but that will have very little meaning to you later. This practice may save time in the present, but it will ultimately lead to great frustration in the future when finding these exact files seem nearly impossible.

A good practice for data organization is to give your files meaningful, descriptive names, but avoiding long file names. Files names should allow you to identify a precise experiment from the name.

How meaningful are the following file names?

  1. Test_data_2013
  2. Project_Data
  3. Design for project.doc
  4. Lab_work_Eric
  5. Second_test
  6. Meeting Notes Oct 23

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LOVE YOUR DATA Day 1 – Keep your data safe

Let’s kick off LOVE YOUR DATA week with KEEPING DATA SAFE.

First a sad story – in one of my first Top Ten Tips for Data Management workshops, I had a workshop participant who I thought was bored out of his skull. He had a glazed look in his eyes and kept shaking his head as if he was saying no, no, no. I approached him, though with some reservations after the workshop, and asked what he thought about the topic and my presentation. His words and I quote were “if only I had known this 6 months ago…I just lost my dissertation work and I am still getting over the shock”. Not bored, but in shock. He had lost 6 months’ worth of work. Sadly he is not the first. If only he and others had known about 3-2-1 or Here-Near and Far.

3-2-1 stands for

3 copies (1 primary copy and two backup copies of your data)

2 formats for storage (use a computer hard drive and an external hard drive)

1 remote copy (cloud storage or geographically separate from your other copies)

These three tips will help keep your data safe and protect your valuable time.

Here, Near and Far is another way of thinking about the same tips. Set up an automatic back up for your data to make it even easier.

At UC we have a few tools that can help you back up your data:

1) Use your Box account. You have 50 GB available to you. IT@UC also has other data solutions available.

2) You can track your work with the Open Science Framework developed by the Center for Open Science or use GitHub.

3) Attend a data management workshop offered by UC Libraries. We have several coming up particular a workshop called Managing Research Data from Generation to Preservation on April 19th.

Fun Fact: Did you know we can still look at Darwin’s original notebooks through the Darwin Online project. Someone took extra special care for those files. Let’s do the same for your data.

Check out this fun video about data back-up and learn how the movie Toy Story 2 was almost lost, but was saved by the 3-2-1 rule.

Visit the Love your Data website for more tips to help keep your data safe. Follow the event on Twitter at #LYD16.

Excellent Art Resources

Clermont College students don’t have to be writing a research paper for an art class to use and enjoy Artstor and Oxford Art Online. Find these databases and more in our “Art at Clermont” Research Guides.

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Van Gogh, National Gallery, London

Artstor is an “image” database with more than 300,000 images from college, university, and private collections. With art-related teaching, learning, and researching texts, you can view and analyze images through features such as zooming and panning. You can also view webinars on the site!

Oxford Art Online also offers image searching, with a thorough cross-search function of reference material which allows you to easily expand and limit results by time period, artist, material type, and more. Grove Art Online is especially useful for Clermont’s Art History classes!

Questions? Contact Kathleen Epperson by email, or call 513.558.7010 for more information.

Kathleen Epperson
Reference Librarian

 

 

 

Rare Cincinnati Pharmacy College Resources Now Available in UC’s Digital Resource Commons

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This photo serves as a link to the work in our UC Library Catalog.

We are excited to announce that excerpts from Pharmaceutical Education In the Queen City : 150 Years of Service, 1850-2000 by Michael A. Flannery and Dennis B. Worthen, originally published in 2001, documenting the students and graduates who attended the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, Queen City College of Pharmacy, and the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy from 1850 through 2000 are now available in the UC Digital Resource Commons (DRC). The DRC started as an initiative of the OhioLink consortium of libraries to create a digital repository service that would help streamline access to unique collections and facilitate scholarly communication.

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UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Childhood Book

Question: What’s your favorite book from childhood?

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Heather Maloney, Library Director: It was a Helen Keller biography and had the sign language alphabet in the back. 

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: The Peanuts Comics by Charles Schulz

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianWizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: The Berenstain’s B Book

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Savage Journey by Allan Eckert

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. I still have the book from my childhood.

 

 

 

The 25th General Hospital of WWII Experience: Airbase A-92 at Sint-Truiden

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Modern photograph of Airbase A-92, Brustem.
Photo credit: Sue Carney.

By: Nathan Hood

While the University of Cincinnati’s 25th General Hospital was departing for the World War II European Theater of Operations in the early 1940’s, Germany had already invaded Belgium and had secured a small, Belgian military airbase in the village of Brustem. Brustem remains today as a part of the Sint Truiden community (also known in French as Saint-Trond) and exists only a handful of miles North-West of the Belgian Caserne buildings in Tongres which were occupied by the University of Cincinnati 25th General Hospital beginning in 1945.

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