The Mystery and Emotion of “Blue”

By: Kevin Grace

The Three PrincessesIt is a color that has both negative and positive connotations, is symbolic of mysticism, social rank, both high and low emotions, and of serenity and wisdom.  Blue is a color that is a signifier of both Hell and purity, of luxury and dignity.  There are as many interpretations of what “blue” symbolizes as there are cultures in the world.

And the symbolism of the color is the rationale behind an online exhibit created by Archives & Rare Books Library.  Intended to highlight the spectrum of rare books in the collections, the selections show the cultural diversity over the ages of this particular color.   Nineteen volumes are represented in the exhibit, with several examples from each of illustrations and bindings, ranging from a 15th century illuminated book of hours to early Qur’ans and Persian poetry.  There are botanicals, fairy tales, Art Deco bindings, Asian drawing Ms. No. 20manuals, pochoir pattern books, and Turkish ebru marbled paper.  Each indicates a specific use of blue that depends on religion, technology, or geographical heritage. Continue reading

Graduate Students’ Guide to UC Library Resources and Services

As a graduate student you juggle many tasks and responsibilities, including doing your own research and keeping current with the literature in your field, helping faculty with their research, keeping current with technology, teaching undergraduates, working in the lab/field, etc. The purpose of this guide is to point you to the resources, tools, and services provided by UC Libraries, which can help you accomplish all you need efficiently and effectively

Grad Student Guide

UC Libraries and the Graduate School Host Workshop about the Open Science Framework

The University of Cincinnati Libraries and the Graduate School are pleased to host the Center for Open Science for a workshop on “Increasing Openness and Reproducibility in Quantitative Research” on Wednesday, Oct. 25.  The workshop will cover project documentation, version control, pre-analysis plans and the Open Science Framework.

There will be two duplicate sessions of the workshop, one on the Medical Campus from 9 a.m. to noon and one on the West Campus from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all. To register, visit https://goo.gl/Hf5neh. Participants should bring their own devices for the best workshop experience.

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open-source workflow management tool developed by the Center for Open Science. Appropriate for any discipline, OSF enables researchers to manage workflows, share files, view project analytics, and more. Available at osf.uc.edu, OSF for UC is the portal for students, faculty, staff and others to manage project files and documents. There is no cost to use OSF and sign-in is easy. Simply go to osf.uc.edu, click on the sign in button, choose University of Cincinnati, then enter your UC 6+2 Central Login.

Workshop Information:

Date: Oct. 25, 2017

Session 1
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Location: Medical Campus – Troup Learning Space, Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library – MSB G005G

Session 2
Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: West Campus – 480 Walter C. Langsam Library

Questions? E-mail Amy Koshoffer, science informationist, at ASKDATA@UC.EDU for more information.

Stratford-upon-Avon: “A Town Synonymous with William Shakespeare”

By: Sydney Vollmer, ARB Intern

Ah, summer. A time for frolicking on the beaches, zipping swiftly through busy cities with bright lights, tolerating that toddler kicking your seat on the plane just because it means you’re finally getting to spend some time away from work, and appreciating the Bard? It’s true. Shakespeare’s home, Stratford-upon-Avon, has been relying on tourism to bolster its economy since 1769.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Source: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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A Few Alembics : Notes from the Oesper Collections, No. 45, July/August 2017

A reproduction of a circa 17th-century alembic with an “ostrich”-necked cucubert, clay luting, various receiving flasks, charcoal furnace, bellows, tongs, and poker

A reproduction of a circa 17th-century alembic
with an “ostrich”-necked cucubert, clay luting, various
receiving flasks, charcoal furnace, bellows, tongs, and poker

The 45th issue of Museum Notes gives a brief history of the oldest known distillation apparatus as illustrated by various reproductions found in the Oesper Collections.

 

Click here for all other issues of Notes from the Oesper Collections and to explore the Jensen-Thomas Apparatus Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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