UC Blue Ash Library would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2015! UCBA Librarians participated in the Commencement ceremony held on May 2, 2015.
Each semester, the UC Blue Ash Library Faculty and Staff take part in a diversity awareness session in order to learn how to better serve the our community and the unique needs of our users. On Friday, May 1st, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor Jill Cochran, UCBA Coordinator of Veteran Student Affairs Dave Frese and Assistant Professor and Rally Point rep Marissa Oehlhof shared useful information about our student veteran population and tips on how the library might provide better services to them.
To learn more about student veterans at UC and UCBA check out these sources:
- UCBA Veterans and Military Student Services: www.ucblueash.edu/veterans.html
- UC Veterans Programs & Services: www.uc.edu/aess/vps.html
The UCBA Library had a great time celebrating National Library Week (recognized April 12-18, 2015). Many thanks to our UCBA community for stopping by for treats and participating in our related activities.
Matching Game: Visitors matched UCBA faculty to seven scholarly and creative works ranging from books and a journal article to poetry and 3D art. Farheen Asif completed the activity and was drawn from one of two students who completed it correctly. See the correct answers at the end of this post.`
Research Revelry: Research comes in all shapes and sizes (as noted on the sweet treats). Visitors shared their favorite tips and tools as well as their most recent Google searches. See the gallery for images of various NLW 2015 activities and items.
Answers to the UCBA Faculty Scholarly & Creative Works Activity:
- Collective Bargaining and the Battle of Ohio: The Defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the Struggle to Defend the Middle Class / John McNay
- Fetal Waters / Rhonda Pettit
- Black Holes as Gravitational Atoms / Cenalo Vaz
- The Dental Hygienist’s Guide to Nutritional Care / Cynthia Stegeman
- Developing Faculty Learning Communities at Two Year Colleges: Collaborative Models to Improve Teaching and Learning / Sue Sipple and Robin Lightner
- One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds and the 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Season / Mike Roos
- Frictionless Object / Ted Ferdinand and David Hartz
UCBA students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the 26thannual National African-American Read-In. The goal of the NAARI is to make the celebration of African American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities. This year, the National African-American Read-In will be observed at UC Blue Ash College on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Walters 100.
During the event, volunteers read aloud a short passage by an African-American author. Information about the national event, a list of recommended readings, and the volunteer registration form can be found on the National African American Read-In Guide at http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/ucba-naari. Be sure to stop by the UCBA Library to browse and borrow suggested titles in the UCBA Library’s periodicals area near the entrance.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Question: What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Heather Maloney, Library Director: Sleep and kids….I love both dearly.
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: f I can’t connect with the characters or plot or if it’s taking too long to get moving. I normally give a book 3 chapters to catch my attention.
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Dragging plots. Or if I’m not in the right frame of mind for a certain genre. Sometimes I’m just suddenly not in the mood for a sobfest.
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: If the book isn’t catching/keeping my interest. I used to give a book the first 100 pages, now, it’s more like the first 25-50.
Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Setting my book down and starting another project. I do it ALL the time.
Chris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Can’t relate to the characters.
Question: Who’s your favorite fictional villain?
Heather Maloney, Library Director: So many, but I’ll go with the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe….Tilda Swinton really brought her to life in the movie!
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Hilly Holbrook in The Help by Kathryn Stockett or Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Can I say “The Man?” Like, when a group of scrappy friends go up against The Man/Authority? Okay, probably not. In that case, I currently really love President Snow from The Hunger Games. I won’t say too much – spoilers! – but he is creepy in the best way.
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: Hmm…hard to just pick one, but I’ll go with Dexter Morgan in the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay. I guess he’s considered a villian, but he has a good side too.
Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: Miranda Priestly in A Devil Wears Prada. You can consider her a villain but it depends on the day.
Chris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Miss Breakbone from the children’s book “The Dunderheads” by Paul Fleischmen
Quickly and easily borrow books, CDs, DVDs, and Audiobooks from SearchOhio, a consortium of over 20 Ohio public libraries.
Start your search in the UC catalog and move on to OhioLINK for additional borrowing options. If OhioLINK doesn’t have the title you’re looking for, click the SearchOhio button in the catalog search results to check availability. If another library owns an available copy, select the “Request Item” button and follow the prompts.
STEP 1: Search for an item in our catalog. If you can’t find it or all the copies of the item you’re interested in are unavailable, select the OhioLink button to expand your search.
STEP 2: If you can’t find it or all the copies of the item you’re interested in are checked out, select the SearchOhio button to expand your search to their catalog.
STEP 3: When you find the item you’re looking for click the “Request Item” button and follow the prompts for your library affiliation (U of Cincinnati), your login information (UC ID and Central Service Password) and desired pick-up location. That’s it! You’ll be notified when your item is ready to be picked up.
Click here to learn more about borrowing and returning SearchOhio items.
Questions or problems? Contact the Library by phone at 513-745-5710 or email.
Are you having problems accessing online Library resources via Blackboard? Try these simple solutions:
SOLUTION #1 – Accepting Certificates
When you are logged into Blackboard and attempting to do research via the Library website (search for articles or use a research guide), you may come across a certificate warning message in the Internet Explorer (Example 1) or Firefox (Example 2) browser such as these:
Be sure to ACCEPT the certificate by choosing to Proceed (unsafe) [Example 1] or Continue [Example 2]
so that you can continue searching. If you do not accept the certificate, you may be blocked from accessing library resources (this also applies to any non-https link posted within Blackboard).
SOLUTION #2 – Do your library research outside of Blackboard by going directly to www.libraries.uc.edu. You should NOT see canopy.uc.edu in the website address/URL.
***Note for Faculty: You can help address this problem by creating Blackboard links that automatically open in a new window outside of Blackboard.
UC Libraries is currently working on addressing these issues to make your research process more seamless. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the library or contact us at 513-745-5710.
Question: Do you listen to audiobooks?
Heather Maloney, Library Director: Nope but keep meaning to get some. I’m usually listening to music, NPR, or my 4 year old in the car.
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Yes! I love audiobooks. I started listening to them when I had an one-way, hour-long commute years ago and have been hooked ever since. Jim Dale (Harry Potter) is one of my favorite readers.
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Sometimes. I’m pretty bad about paying attention to them, so that can be problematic.
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: Only on road trips.
Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: No.
Chris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Yes, but have not in awhile. Use to listen to them more when my kids were younger. Helped travel time go faster.
Question: What is your favorite movie based on a book?
Heather Maloney, Library Director: For fun? Clueless — as if. Action? Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. On the more dramatic side, Empire of the Sun…I saw it when I was a teenager, and I’ve been a Christian Bale fan ever since.
Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: I hate to be repetitive and all too recent, but Catching Fire keeps coming to mind. There quite a few more, though…
Lauren Wahman, Instruction Librarian: To name a few…Shutter Island and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: The Hobbit
Chris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: The Notebook, love that movie, and love that book!