UC Libraries Closed Thurs, July 4

july 4thUC Libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. This includes the Walter C. Langsam Library’s 4th floor, which will close Wednesday, July 3 at 11pm and reopen Friday, July 5 at 8am. Normal hours for all library locations will resume July 5th.

Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th.

Langsam Exhibit Celebrates the History of UC Women’s Lacrosse

lacrosse exhibitIn 2007, the University of Cincinnati’s women’s lacrosse team, coached by Lellie Swords, played its first game. While they lost that game, in the 12 years since they have had many notables to celebrate including a player named All American and current coach Gina Thomas playing for Team USA. in 2018 they joined the American Athletic Conference (AAC), and in 2019 won AAC Freshman and Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

A new exhibit on display on the 5th floor lobby of the Walter C. Langsam Library celebrates the accomplishments and athletes of UC’s women’s lacrosse. Profiles of former players Jessica Kazaks, Michelle Platz, Kelsey Conway, Jen Mott, Meagan Gulmi and Coach Thomas speak on the impact lacrosse has had on their lives – both on and off the field. Books from the collections of UC Libraries highlight lacrosse as well as women in sports and leadership. A bibliography is available at the exhibit and online.

The exhibit was curated by Amy Koshoffer, lacrosse fan and science informationist in the Geology-Mathematics- Physics Library, and was designed by Michelle Matevia, UC Libraries communications department co-op design student.

Visiting Librarian Sophie Zhang’s 18 months of Life at the UC Libraries

Visiting Librarian Sophie Zhang and Dean Xuemao Wang

Sophie Zhang and Dean Xuemao Wang at Sophie’s Final Presentation

Sufang (SophieZhang, the visiting librarian from South China Normal University (Guangzhou, China) completed her eighteen-month working and research period at the University of Cincinnati. For the first six months, Sophie spent her work time at the UC Press and the Digital Scholarship Center. As the faculty member at the Department of Information Management and Information Systems within the School of Economics and Management, she came with a goal of researching the current landscape of digital humanities centers and services in the United States. During the spring semester, she was able to visit two faculty members in information science at Kent State University and Syracuse University. She gave a final presentation on May 14th, 2019 about her whole experience. We wish Sophie a safe trip home and continuous successful collaboration with her peers in the United States.

Sophie Zhang’s final presentation

The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred Perceval Graves

By: Savannah Gulick, Archives & Rare Books Library Student Assistant

Cover of the Irish Fairy BookCeltic lore has always been fascinating to me and to readers worldwide, but oftentimes it is overlooked by Greek and Roman mythology so I thought I would highlight a few of the tales that exemplify Irish mythology and that are part of our holdings in the Archives & Rare Books Library.

Celtic Irish society revolved around the cult of warrior heroes. The most important people in early Irish society, equal even to the kings, were the Seanachie or storytellers. A major part of these bards’ duties was to compose poems in praise of the daring deeds of kings and warriors; hence they were held in high esteem in a warrior society. Continue reading The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred Perceval Graves

Missing Game of Thrones? Check Out the Board Game in the STRC

game of thronesThe Student Technology Resources Center (STRC), located on the fourth floor of the Walter C. Langsam Library, has collaborated with the UC Gaming Club to be named an official Game Lab. As such, the STRC currently lends out approximately 20 board and card games with more added weekly. The newest board game, Game of Thrones, promises to be popular.

In addition to board and card games, UC students can also borrow a game console (Atari, Nintendo, Sega or the Nintendo switch) on a cart with a monitor. Available for check out at the STRC, all that is needed is a UC ID.

Check out the new Games of Thrones board game and create the ending you want.

 

 

 

Poetry in Motion – A Grad Student’s Interpretation

During summer semester, Sarah Nordgren and her colleagues are spending a couple of days shooting a video in the STRC Production Room. Sarah is a graduate student (getting her doctorate of philosophy, English and comparative literature). Her specialty is poetry. The video is part of Sarah’s dissertation.

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Sarah (far right) and colleagues shooting a scene for her video.
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The outfits were designed just for this video.
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Try to find just the right angle.

Resiliency in Venezuela: A Brief Look at the Willpower of a Country and its People throughout History

By:  Savannah Gulick, Archives & Rare Books Library Student Assistant

Map of VenezuelaWith one glance at the current news in Venezuela, horror ensues as you witness the atrocities that Venezuelans are enduring on a daily basis. Corrupt politicians, hyperinflation, big oil, blackouts and a lack of access to food, water, and other necessities are just the beginning. In one of my Spanish courses, our professor had us pull newspaper articles about the conflict and one particular article still comes to mind: “In Venezuela, Cooking With Firewood as Currency Collapses” (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/world/americas/venezuela-nicholas-maduro-inflation-economic-collapse.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FVenezuela). Black markets are thriving and charging obscene amounts for items like propane gas, eggs and sugar, which in turn leads to people relying on firewood for heat and food. In this century, it is hard to fathom how quickly a country can collapse and what that means for the citizens. However, the stark reality is that countries can fall in a week if enough corruption, unrest, and poor distribution of wealth exists. Continue reading Resiliency in Venezuela: A Brief Look at the Willpower of a Country and its People throughout History

Under the Tent of the Sky: A Collection of Poems About Animals Large & Small

By: McKenna Corey, ARB 2018-2019 NEH Intern

Under the Tent of the Sky Title PageThe Historical Textbooks Collection at the ARB contains texts that cover a myriad of subjects: history, science, civic studies, music, writing, mathematics, and more. As I browse the collection, as a literary fanatic, I tend to gravitate towards the literary texts. As I was sorting some books this week, I came across the most endearing poetry collection for children that I wanted to share.

The anthology is titled Under the Tent of the Sky, and it includes poetry that focuses on the animal kingdom. The volume was published in 1937. I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of my favorite poets were included in the volume, including William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and even William Shakespeare. It was amazing to me that such prominent poets were included in a collection for children, and I was inspired to flip through the volume. Continue reading Under the Tent of the Sky: A Collection of Poems About Animals Large & Small

Simon Lord Lovat

By: McKenna Corey, ARB 2018-2019 NEH Intern

Lord LovatSimon Lord Lovat (a title of Scottish reverence) was known in his time as “the Fox,” and for good reason. He was well-known to be sly and duplicitous.Within the context of the Jacobite uprisings, he played a special role. After his execution, it was apparent that it was up to interpretation whether he was a traitor or, as he would call himself, “a patriot.

Born into the clan Fraser to Thomas and Sybilla in Scotland, Simon Lord Lovat was a brilliant student in his younger years. After graduating with a Master of Arts in 1695, Simon’s life was full of uncertainty. After the loss of his older brother in his younger years, Simon was declared the heir to his father, Thomas. The Lord Lovat at this time was Hugh Fraser, though his leadership skills weren’t excellent, and it was for this reason that Simon knew that he had to assure that his father would gain the title of Lord Lovat. To do this, he decided to create an army. Continue reading Simon Lord Lovat

Traveling to Hogwarts with the STRC

Recently, eight students from Dr. Brittany Rosen’s HPE 7040 Social & Behavioral Health class used the services of UC Libraries and the Student Technology Resources Center (STRC) to create a video about the importance of dental care. The students borrowed several pieces of equipment from the Desk@Langsam. They then shot the video in the STRC production room and worked with Jay Sinnard, manager of the STRC, to edit the video.

To view the videos produced in the STRC, visit their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/STRC1.

Continue reading Traveling to Hogwarts with the STRC