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Bookish Travels

by Christian Boyles, Michelle McKinney and Kellie Tilton

UCBA Library staff and faculty, Christian Boyles (Collections Services Manager), Michelle McKinney (Reference and Web Services Librarian) and Kellie Tilton (Instructional Technologies Librarian) hit the road and visited a few bookish places over the holiday season. Click on the images to get a better view of the photos.

Christian Boyles / Washington DC / Library of Congress: In December, the missus and I went to DC for her birthday.  Along with visiting many great Smithsonian museums, walking a gazillion miles, seeing grand architecture, priceless works of art and ephemera and the new Star Wars film, we went to the Library of Congress.  For someone who has worked in libraries for a gazillion years, going there felt like what going to the Vatican must feel like to a Catholic.

The building itself is an amazing and imposing structure designed in the Beaux-Arts style with a bonkers fountain out front featuring the Roman god Neptune, some sea monsters and a bunch of naked people riding what I guess are horse snakes.  What that has to do with literature and the centralized housing of knowledge was lost on me.  Inside is no less impressive.  Walking in, I was legitimately awestruck by the LOC’s grandeur.  Imagine if St. Peter’s Cathedral and some enlightenment era French king’s home had a baby and you’re still nowhere close to how awesome it is.  Probably the crown jewel of the place is the reading room. Housed under a dome, it is a masterpiece of archetecture featuring arched stained glass windows, semetrical study carrells, Corinthian columns, and statues of some of the great minds in religion, poetry, commerce, philosophy, etc.  Just looking in on that, I’m pretty sure I felt my IQ nudge up a couple points.  Throughout the building, there were displays of ancient manuscripts going back hundreds and thousands of years.

Unfortunately, we were running short on time, so we couldn’t take the tour.  But, we did manage to check out a very cool exhibit on the American experience of World War 1.  In a perfect world, I would have spent a day, if not more, discovering all the cool features and offerings.  Insider tip: if you’re in DC and are having a sugar crash, the LOC’s vending machines are very comprehensive and cheap.

Michelle McKinney / Louisville, KY / Wild Fig Coffee & Books: In early January, I treated my husband to a quick trip to Lexington for his birthday. Before heading back home, I discovered a bookstore just down the street from where we were having breakfast. Wild Fig Coffee & Books is located near UK’s campus and is owned by award-winning author, Crystal Wilkinson. The independent bookstore has an eclectic selection of new and old books, including a wide range of graphic novels. Wild Fig also carries a variety of bookish and feminist gifts such as mugs, socks and greeting cards. The coffee is pretty tasty too!

Kellie Tilton: On Christmas Day, 2017, a friend from college and I hopped the pond to begin an epic two week, three country excursion that was kick started because we snagged tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II in the West End. With our tickets falling in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we decided to make the most of the time frame.

We spent a handful of days in London – mostly in pursuit in all the Harry Potter-related attractions London had to offer – then it was up to Edinburgh, Scotland to bring in the New Year with their Hogmanay celebrations. We made a quick trip across the Channel via the Chunnel to have a gandar at Paris (and basically eat a million croissants) before landing back in London to spend one more weekend catching the things we missed the first time.

Highlights of this adventure include, but are not limited to, The Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, The British Library (and it’s History of Magic exhibition in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone publishing), the play (obviously), Hogmanay, Kensington Palace, and the Paris Catacombs. I brought back four new editions for my Harry Potter in Translation Collection. It just goes to show, your literary loves will provide ample reasons to travel the world!

UCBA Library Participates in a Successful Spread the Warmth Drive

by Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney (left), Director of the UCBA Library and Jen Ellis, Associate Professor of Nursing, pose with items collected for the Spread the Warmth Drive.

Thank you to all who generously donated new and gently used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, and even blankets to support our UCBA Cares – Spread the Warmth Drive 2017. We collected over 148 items and donated them this week to the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. Our donations will help make this winter and the holiday season a lot warmer for so many who are truly in need!

The Spread the Warmth Drive was sponsored and coordinated by the UCBA Library and Student Nursing Association.

UCBA Library 50th Anniversary Display

by Heather Maloney

Library display and sign
UC Blue Ash 50th Anniversary Display

The UCBA Library welcomes a Cincinnati Museum Center exhibit honoring our college’s 50th Anniversary. The display includes 1960’s era consumer products, a brief overview of major events and statistics of 1967, and a monitor running historic video entitled “Outlook 67”, produced by National  Television featuring an overview of the economy for the then upcoming year 1967. Take a break from exams to stop by and check it out!

Curate My Community is a series of exhibits at various locations that lets the Cincinnati Museum Center’s share its rich collections and the region’s incredible natural and man-made history with lifelong Members and new audiences. Together with partner organizations throughout the community we’ll continue to spark curiosity, educate people about the science and history of the region, and inspire lifelong learners. Read more at http://www.cincymuseum.org/curate-my-community

 

UCBA Library Holiday Hours

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The UCBA College Library will have the following hours during winter break:

  • Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14:  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, December 15:  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 16 – Monday, January 1:  CLOSED
  • Tuesday, January 2 – Thursday, January 4:  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, January 5:  12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Library will resume regular Spring Semester hours on Monday, January 8th at 7:30 am.

Please visit our UC Blue Ash Library Hours page to view all of our hours, including holidays and any exceptions to our regular schedule.

 

UCBA Library Is Hiring Student Workers

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Are you a positive, dedicated person?  Do you have basic computer and customer services skills, but you’re looking for more?  And most importantly, do you love books, technology, and helping others?  Then, a job at the library may be for you!

The UCBA Library is seeking student workers to join a welcoming work environment with flexible hours, focused on providing exceptional service.  We are especially looking for students with availability from 11-2 on Mondays and 11-5 on Fridays.

To be considered for spring semester employment, please complete the online application.

UCBA Librarians Present Bullet Journaling 201 Workshop

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Please join UCBA Librarians Michelle McKinney and Kellie Tilton for Bullet Journaling 201.

10 am – 11:30 am, Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Muntz 117, Learning & Teaching Center

This workshop is open to UCBA faculty, staff and students and will include:

  • Tips and tricks for setting up Bullet Journals
  • A BuJo Petting Zoo to try out supplies and tools
  • Hands-On time to work or start planning your Bullet Journal

Please register at http://uc.libsurveys.com/bujo201

If you have Bullet Journaling supplies (i.e. notebooks, pens, etc.), please bring them to the workshop!

Smiles all around at UCBA Library

by Lauren Wahman

                                         Lauren Wahman with Rockdale Academy students

As part of its community outreach, UCBA welcomed 5th and 6th grade students from Rockdale Academy to campus today for the UC Smiles program.  The UCBA Library participates in this program by teaching library workshops to students during their day on campus.  These workshops give students the opportunity to learn about a college library and tour the space.

UCBA Library Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

by Elizabeth Sullivan

The UCBA College Library will have the following hours during the Thanksgiving holiday:

  • Wednesday, November 22:  7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 23 – Sunday, November 26:  CLOSED

The Library will resume regular Fall Semester hours on Monday, November 27th at 7:30 am.

Please visit our UC Blue Ash Library Hours page to view all of our hours, including holidays and any exceptions to our regular schedule.