UCBA Library’s Whiteboards and Wine Event Wraps up NLW 2016

The UCBA Library wrapped up National Library Week 2016 with Whiteboards & Wine. Faculty came out to relax in the midst of end-of-semester activities with light snacks and wine. Faculty enjoyed coloring with artwork from various library collections, answered some fun, reading related questions and viewed the library’s NLW #librarytransforms video.

Many thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate National Library Week!

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Heather Maloney Receives the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence

by Michelle McKinney

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Dean Cady Short-Thompson and Heather Maloney

Dean Cady Short-Thompson selected UCBA Library Director, Heather Maloney for the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence during the 2016 UC Blue Ash Silent Auction & Distinguished Awards. The newly created award, just announced on April 7th, is intended to recognize outstanding faculty members in each college who represent excellence in all its forms. These awards are for those individuals who deans feel have done an exceptionally outstanding job for their college or department in the past year. Each college may select up to two faculty members who will be recognized as the inaugural group of recipients and will receive $2,000 in discretionary funds to be used to support their teaching or research. These faculty development awards are meant to recognize their contributions to their respective colleges and to UC, as well as support their professional efforts.

It was a surprise to everyone last night at the awards ceremony as it was a recently created award and wasn’t listed on the program. Heather considers this a win for the UCBA Library and all of the amazing library staff too. Upon receiving the award, she noted that “all the good that comes out of the library is a result of the collaboration and talents of the library team.”

Congratulations to Heather and all of her fellow award recipients!

Visit the UC Blue Ash Facebook album to see more photos from the 2016 UC Blue Ash Silent Auction & Distinguished Awards.

UCBA Library Celebrates National Library Week 2016

It’s National Library Week and the UCBA Library is celebrating! This year we are highlighting the ways libraries transform their communities. Check out our #librariestransform video to see some amazing UCBA faculty, staff, and students share their UCBA Library stories. Come into the library and celebrate this Thursday and Friday with Crayons and Candy. Relax a little with coloring therapy while enjoying an everlasting (and transforming) gobstopper. Want to capture your relaxation? Take a selfie in our #librariestransform selfie frame, or just stop by to check our new #librariestransform signs and celebrity READ posters.

We are proud and honored to be part of the UC Blue Ash community and look forward to celebrating with you this week!

UCBA Librarian Judges Edible Books

By Michelle McKinney, Reference and Web Services Librarian

When Melissa Norris asked if I would like to serve as a judge for the 2016 Edible Books contest held on April 1st at the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ Langsam Library, I happily (and hungrily) agreed.

This was my first time attending the event let alone judging it. I was completely blown away by the creativity and complexity of some of the entries. It was truly a challenge for me and fellow judge, Michael Alfieri, to fairly assess and assign winners for 15 categories which included: Most Gruesome, Most Literary, Most Whimsical and Best Overall.

All those in attendance had the chance to taste the literary creations which included cheese balls, fruits,  veggies, cakes and cookies. Did I mention how tasty the entries were as well?

For more information about the participants and the International Edible Books Festival, read the News Record article. View the entries and the winners on theLibraries Facebook page.

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UCBA Fun Facts: Personal Lending Policy

Question: What is your policy on book lending?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I share! Unless it’s a library book then I’m a little more protective. 😉

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: It depends on the book and who I’m lending it to…I’ve lost a few faves over the years and those folks can’t borrow from my anymore. 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I am an advocate of book lending! But only if I know the person well enough to know the book is coming back at some point. 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianNo policy. All of my books come from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Hardly ever. Streamlined my collection to keep mainly my absolute favorite hardcovers and first editions which I NEVER lend and the rest I borrow from the library.

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Depends on the book. I rarely loan my hardcovers but if I have an ebook it’s yours to borrow. 

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Giving Bad Reviews

Question: How do you feel about giving a bad or negative review?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: Reading opinions can be very personal (especially if reading for leisure) so I keep it constructive and from a place of my own personal preference.

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: I like reading them if I don’t like a book. Sometimes I can’t find the words to describe why I don’t like a book and reading other people’s negative review helps. 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I think if the reviews are given critically, I’m okay with them. I also appreciate when reviewers acknowledge the difference between issues they personally had with a book and the issues that are problematic on a more general level. 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianI appreciate honesty and understand that not everyone is going to like the same books as me. 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: I try to keep it concrete and give specific examples, but just because I don’t care for a book doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. I never want to discourage anyone from picking up a book. 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Reviews/opinions. I will give my opinion, good/bad/indifferent if asked. 

 

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Reading Snack

Question: What’s your favorite reading snack?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I’m not much of a snacker when I read but a glass of wine or cup of tea is always nice. 

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Peanut M & Ms

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Water?

 

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianNo favorites, just usually have water near me.

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: ALL things FOOD!

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: If I get sucked into a good read, I don’t even know if people are around, much less a snack!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Nothing. I’ll have water or coffee but rarely any food while reading.

 

 

 

 

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Do You Have An E-reader?

Question: Do you have an e-reader?

Heather

Heather Maloney, Library Director: I do read on my iPad occasionally — print books give my eyes a break after so much screen time. 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Yes, I own a Kindle Touch and use the Kindle app on my laptop and iPhone. 

 

 

KellieKellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Yep!

 

 

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianOf course! A Kindle and an iPad Mini. 

 

 

RachelRachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Yes (Kindle Paperwhite)

 

 

julierobinsonJulie Robinson, Library Operations Manager: Kindle app on my iPad…super convenient. Still enjoy a “real” book in my hand, but having the library at my fingertips is very addictive!

 

 

pamadler Pam Adler, Public Services Assistant: Yes! I love my Kindle.